Every year, 20 million tons of salt sink to the bottom of the Dead Sea’s fifth pond. The salt is waste from the colossal production of potash and bromine in the Dead Sea Works factory, and it piles up on the bottom of the pool, raising rising water levels. As a result, the hotels on the shore face flooding and collapse. This led Erez Nevi Pana to contemplate what might be done with the salt: would it be possible to use the abundant residual salt from the factories as an economically viable resource? Recrystallizing the Desert examines the development of a production method with salt as the main substance, using solar energy to create compressed salt tiles. These tiles can be used like marble for flooring and walls, thus utilizing waste and transforming it into a building material: the Recystallized Hotel is a conceptual structure in which this material is used throughout the hotel, both structurally, and for decorative purposes.
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