What’s the best way to deal with the plastic waste problem that’s plaguing the oceans? One idea may be to build an island…and then top that island with a beautiful hotel.

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Margot Krasojević Architects used simulation software to study the movement of plastic waste in the ocean. The simulation was used as a starting point to understand ways to collect plastic waste and perhaps even put it to good use. With these goals in mind, Krasojević came up with a design that turns the plastic into an island that can sustain habitation.

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The hotel that sits on the plastic island will be designed as a self-repairing structure. It will continue to capture plastic that has been discarded into the ocean, and the plastic will go into mesh bundles that become flotation devices. This process will make the island grow bigger and create a floating landfill anchored to the ocean floor. In time, the design will allow silt and sand to be deposited on the plastic, creating an environment that will support mangrove trees. The trees’ roots will grow around the plastic-filled bags, and this root system will further anchor the island.

Interlaced webbing made from biodegradable-seeded concrete fiber mesh adds more strength to the structure. The webbing will be integrated into the island in a design reminiscent of tentacles that can spread out. The tentacles absorb water, which prevents flooding on the island. The water can be released once the danger has passed. This system will help protect the island from ocean storms.

The hotel includes canopied rooms and areas for camping. The showers provide filtered distilled seawater, and the water is pumped into the facility using solar energy. The design allows the island and hotel to continue growing as more people come to the island to live, vacation and spend time.

Photography © Margot Krasojević