Floating Resort and Marine Observatory
We reside in a planet of water and we are creatures also consisting of mostly water and yet only a few of us live their lives with it, and much fewer in it. Only a few understand how to appreciate it, little by little, inch by inch the earth’s surface loses its earth surface. Thus, sustainable floating architecture. As radical as its concept may be, this innovative technique could just be our perfect escape from the nature’s rage.
UNIQUE PROPERTIES / PROJECT DESCRIPTION:
A Floating sustainable resort and marine observatory to be situated mainly in Cagayan Ridge Marine Biodiversity Corridor, Sulu Sea, (approximately 200km east of Puerto Princesa, Palawan coast and 20km north of the perimeters of Tubbataha Reefs Natural Park) this is to answer our country's need for a way to boost people's awareness regarding the conservation of our marine biodiversity with the construction of a monumental tourist magnet by which our country the Philippines can be easily known for.
OPERATION / FLOW / INTERACTION:
SECURITY AND RISK MANAGEMENT Provision for Security Office modules around the area/perimeter of the resort catering to Sonar Equipped Surface Vessels that detects incoming vessels and/or natural threats.
TOURIST EXPERIENCE, UNIQUENESS AND AESTHETIC QUALITY The unique design and function of the building will pull in tourists from all over the world. Being one of a kind and more than one kind will give users an incomparable experience.
PROJECT DURATION AND LOCATION:
This is an architectural conceptual design research as a graduation thesis which lasted from November 2010 to April 2012.
FITS BEST INTO CATEGORY:
Architecture, Building and Structure Design
PRODUCTION / REALIZATION TECHNOLOGY:
Selection of material: as much as possible, no chemically treated materials will be used in the construction process.
Algaculture: Algae can be the answer to Sustainability. Algae can grow extremely rapidly and have a diverse variety of uses and applications.
SPECIFICATIONS / TECHNICAL PROPERTIES:
Modular Technique (The idea is to use modules for the stability of the ship as it is the most practical way of design and construction)The whole resort is made up of numerous vessels using the same technique in their hull design, this makes possible different configurations for the resort and infinite possibilities for expansion.
floating, resort, observatory, marine life, philippines, tubbataha, sustainability, green architecture, innovation, solar balloons
Research Methods Used
To design a structure that explores the different ways of adapting architecture to the ever-changing environmental state caused by the catastrophic events of Global Warming. And further create a conceptual design for the visualization of a sustainable floating resort which could further serve as a retreat/evacuation facility in case of a big disaster.
TEAM MEMBERS (1) :
Maria Cecilia Garcia Cruz, 2012.