Futuristic eco-resort

Visionary architect proposes project with ‘zero-emission, zero-waste, zero-poverty’ for Philippines

Paris-based architect Vincent Callebaut consistently attempts to bring an environmental preservation theme into his projects.

In the Summer 2017 issue of Green Building + Architecture magazine, we featured an article on Callebaut’s Agora Garden Tower, a masterpiece of sustainable design being built in Taiwan.

Now, with his latest concept – the Nautilus Eco-Resort – he continues to refine his unique take on sustainable architecture.

“We look to revitalize ecosystems instead of impoverishing and polluting,” Callebaut says. “With this mindset, the Nautilus Eco-Resort is resolutely committed to the idea of environmental resilience, signifying a new social system that is concerned with human and planetary health.”
Envisioned for the Philippines, the futuristic concept highlights a series of spiralling apartment and shell-shaped hotel buildings, positioned on two spirals of land in a coastal lagoon. Located at the centre is a mountain-like complex that combines a school, recreational swimming pools, sports halls, the resort’s kitchens, and a suite of laboratories for environmental scientists.
Using the principles of biomimicry, the design is inspired by the “shapes, structures, intelligence of materials and feedback loops that exist in living beings and endemic ecosystems,” says Callebaut.

The construction and operation of the complex would work under a “zero-emission, zero-waste, zero-poverty” ethos, using 100 per cent reused and/or recycled materials from the surrounding area. All of the materials used in the construction would be bio-sourced products derived from vegetable biomass. Microalgae and linseed oil would be used to manufacture organic tiles, while any wood used would be locally-sourced from eco-responsible forests.

Notable sustainable technology and design slated for the project includes underwater turbines to capture wave energy and lots of greenery on the walls and roof, to improve the buildings’ insulation. Facades and roofs would also sport solar panels, resulting in the Nautilus Eco-Resort producing more energy than it needs, with the excess being sent to nearby communities.
Rainwater and greywater would be captured and reused, while human waste would be turned into an energy source. Sustainable materials would be used during construction, including microalgae, linseed oil and local wood species. Finally, the project would seek to exploit the temperature differences between the surface and deep water of the sea, though it’s not made clear how.
In an interesting plan, volunteer ecotourists would be tasked with cleaning up any washed-up plastic waste from beaches and installing recycling schemes, protecting coral crops, and other initiatives aimed at improving the local conditions.

It’s a pioneering collaborative concept focused on using real-world education to foster and spread the idea of responsible ecotourism – or as the architect describes it – “a voluntary approach to reimburse ecological debt.”

Web / vincent.callebaut.org