Gallery: Grand Cancun Eco Island Cleans Up the Ocean While Generating R...

 
This brilliant design is slated to be erected in time for Cancun's 50th anniversary

The entire surface of the offshore platform will be covered in solar panels that will provide energy for both Grand Cancun and the main city’s national grid. Vertical wind turbines and underwater tidal wave energy collectors will produce even more clean energy. A rainwater collection system allows water to be collected and then reused, which combined with a mini desalination plant will make the complex completely self-sufficient.

The zero carbon footprint Grand Cancun mega project is the first marine platform that doesn’t seek to exploit its natural resources. Instead, it seeks to remediate the ocean site in which it is placed. In this case, the platform will filter out hydrocarbons and pollutants to ensure that marine creatures will benefit from a healthier ecosystem and the beachfront’s natural beauty is restored.

+ Richard Moreta Castillo

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  1. George Griffin January 21, 2014 at 7:17 am

    If we can build mega ships there is no reason this can not be done. I just hope the average person could afford to visit it.

  2. Eva Charlton September 26, 2013 at 11:23 am

    So awesome, will be on my bucket list for sure! What?! A bedroom “…unda da sea!”

    This looks like a grand illustration that “gives back,” but my biggest concern lies in what is NOT illustrated — starting with the construction. Since this is so “eco-friendlly,” what will be done to *completely* avoid negative impacts to the marine life and natural habitats already existing there? How will the established ecosystem be affected, preserved and/or helped?

    Additionally, what will be done with consumer and tourism waste? Sewage? How will the ocean be truly impacted by this? We know how much cruise ships have done. What about epic man-made island resorts? What kind of waste will the water treatment plant create, and what will be done with it? Will there be on-site recycling? If it is truly to be called eco-friendly, then it needs to be the greenest resort in the world. With all this money being poured into it, surely designs can and would incorporate such mentality…?

  3. Eusebio Ruiz González June 13, 2013 at 11:08 am

    Very impresive! The snake design is awesome!, but it doesn’t say how big or tall it is, it looks huge though. It would be amazing to go there and spend some time under that glass structure. I hope they will build a waterpark like those in Orlando. My children are already asking when it will be open to go and have vacations there, ha! They will probably make the other hotels there green with envy, but so is in fair competition, the best gets all the credit!
    Do you know how much will it cost? close to a billion with all niceties, i guess. I recon they could get finance from all the oil companies that make a mess of the golfo and pollute all around, a kind of “mea culpa” sponsorship.
    But they will have to make the city a little prettier. Last time we were in Cancún it was shocking to see the nice hotels and resorts, but just besides were all those ugly buildings with workshops and restaurants, and the streets did not look that pretty either. I think this plataform will make all the Cancunenses tidy up their own places. Remember the film cars? when McQueen repaired the road and all the rest decided to make the town prettier?
    My youngest son is only 3 now, so I Imaggine he will be 10 when for the inauguration, perfect!

    Hey, I found a website with this project and is wow! check this out:

    http://grandcancun.wix.com/international

    Congratulations al Arq. Moreta for his work, great and neat! Pretty cool and thanks in name of all the mexicans. good luck!

  4. Liz.Van.Parijs June 11, 2013 at 12:43 pm

    As architect, i must recognize the mastering of the design…What a blast!… Extraordinary architecture design, I never saw, so great design under construction-ability possibilities….Definitely a new organization en the modules of the building alternating , let the possibility to use the space for vertical wind turbines, with major return in the rent ability. We must experiment more with this concept in Netherlands…Love the concept and the architecture. I really like all the energy saving ideas and uses. Architecture still surprise me, a new style is rising!

  5. Adrian.Mercedes June 10, 2013 at 6:40 pm

    I saw the official presentation of the project, in the international congress of architecture where Richard Moreta was sharing podium together with Zaha Hadid and Renzo Piano in Cancun…I am from de DF in Mexico and I am very familiar with Cancun…This project has more details that concert to all aspects in the architectural design, that the one exposed in this article…
    Finally a solution to incorporate all this wind power generators to and new concept of architecture figure based in a vertical master plan. This is a solution that will finish with the massive lay out of wind turbines in ours seas en decay of our environmental quality.
    This is an excellent solution! After 3, 000 marine platforms (Oil rigs) that with have in the gulf, finally we have the first one that produces positive energy and resources to the Cancun community… As Mexican architect I understand perfectly the problem solving of the solutions…
    The first and more needed point is the desalination plant…Cancun has to export its potable water from other state. With this complex, it will be solved.
    As to use as a living sculptured to commemorate the 50 years of the most prosperous city in all Mexico with so great sustainable monumentality, there is not architectural precedent just in the Oscar Niemeyer tradition…
    There are others points …There are more points and I will be able to present later…I had recorded the presentation by the architect by video… Actually, it’s not the world’s first positive energy building (that would be a power station!) but the world’s first ‘positive energy large scale mixed use building and it will be build in Mexico, really proud!. Impressive architecture, a potential classic for the architecture of the XXI century. Nice to see green innovation coexists with amazing high-tech design. Congrats!

  6. pancho guerra June 10, 2013 at 1:15 pm

    My name is Francisco Guerra, I live in Cancun, we have no water since 1970,we have to carry it from other state, so a desalinization plant, that also provides energy from the sun and the wind, is a Godsend. We have no space between the lagoon and the sea. So no choice but to use the sea. I saw is green architecture, and is made of vertical modules, with turbines in between. I like the idea that we Mexicans, who love Monuments, from Olmec, Aztec and Mayans, are doing here a new concept of habitable monument, never seen before. Even with a Convention center and a Marine Environmental Laboratories! Very important for our Country.

  7. francisco guerra June 10, 2013 at 1:04 pm

    My name is Francisco Guerra, I live in Cancun, we have no water since 1970,we have to carry it from other state, so a desalinization plant, that also provides energy from the sun and the wind, is a Godsend. We have no space between the lagoon and the sea. So no choice but to use the sea. I saw is green architecture, and is made of vertical modules, with turbines in between. I like the idea that we Mexicans, who love Monuments, from Olmec, Aztec and Mayans, are doing here a new concept of habitable monument, never seen before. Even with a Convention center and a Marine Environmental Laboratories! Very important for our Country.
    The shape of the habitable monument is the Mayan Kukulcan/ QuetzalCoatl, a winged serpent that rises to the sky!, that\\\\\\\’s simply AWESOME, Mindblowing! like INHABITAT clasified it! I love it!, and I am sure all proud Mexicans like me will love it too!

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