Dutch studio Whim Architects has unveiled plans for a floating, self-sustaining home that would respond to rising sea levels—and they hope to construct the island residence from plastic waste currently circling in the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. The architects are raising funds with a newly launched Kickstarter campaign , and they’re reaching out to plastic recycling experts and professionals to test out their design.
The prototype home should be built from hollow building blocks made from coastal plastic waste collected in the area of the North Pacific Gyre. Affected by the salty water and the sun, these plastics break into smaller pieces and change their physical characteristics, demanding careful extraction from the sea and special kind of waste processing techniques. Some of the widely used materials such as WPC (wood-plastic composite) and seaweed plastic composite are the basis for further development planned by Whim Architects, as they search for the most suitable building material for their floating homes.
The floating house would comprise a platform made from hollow blocks and covered with vegetation, a balustrade of blocks filled with soil, with the roof and external walls of the house filled with recyclable and non-recyclable waste, combined with solar cells.
According to the architects, the creation of the prototype would explore the potentials of sea plastic recycling, the possibilities of flood-proof living, while creating a new typology of sustainable and self-sufficient housing.