Eco architecture is slowly taking root in the minds of designers all over the globe. More and more architectural firms or sole architects are coming up with ideas that will give tenants a comfortable life, while at the same time protecting and cleansing the environment. From houses integrated in nature to apartment buildings that bring nature in the midst of the city, the ideas get more and more complex as each year passes. However, perhaps nothing until now can top the idea behind the Grand Cancun Eco Island.
Richard Moreta Castillo is the designer who envisioned this futuristic eco island. The offshore marine platform on stilts has been designed for the 50th anniversary of the beginning of Cancun’s development that will be commemorated in 2020. The first and foremost idea behind this project is making sure the island deserves its eco status. The second is to feature all luxury amenities that are often associated with such a project.
The entire surface of the Grand Cancun Eco Island will be covered in solar panels. These will be used to harvest energy and power both Grand Cancun and the main city’s national grid. Even more clean energy will be produced by vertical wind turbines and tidal wave energy collectors that will be placed underwater. Rainwater will be collected through a system that will later recycle it. Alongside a small desalination plant, the Grand Cancun Eco Island will feature all necessary systems to be self-sufficient.
This project is the first one that does not look to exploit the natural resources of the sea. Instead, through its approach, it tries to make sure its ocean site remains clean and pollution free. The Grand Cancun Eco Island will also have systems in place that will filter hydrocarbons and pollutant to make sure the maritime creatures will take advantage of a healthier climate.
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