This Artificial Island is Made From Reclaimed Ocean Plastic
This artificial island near Cocos Islands off mainland Australia was constructed from reclaimed ocean plastic. Connected floating walkways position the island infrastructure by tethering it to the ocean floor. The ocean plastic is trapped by these walkways and tied together to create a surface onto which sand and sediment are used to grow mangroves whose roots prevent flooding and strengthen the island’s structure. The island grows with its inhabitants who reach its shore by boat. A lightweight tensile canopy offers sleeping quarters. Otherwise, the island provides a camping ground.
Ocean current simulation software identifies patterns of plastic pollution migrating and circulating through ocean current pathways. These clusters of ocean pollutants and their collection and filtering are the main design criteria involved in the location and evolution of the island and its formal manifestation.
Image Credit: Margot Krasojevic