“Plastic Island” presents the possibilities of reusing oceanic waste in architecture

“Plastic Island” presents the possibilities of reusing oceanic waste in architecture

Courtesy Emily-Claire Goksøyr

share

share

Or

https://www.archdaily.com/904749/plastic-island-imagines-the-possibilities-of-reusing-oceanic-waste-in-architecture

With rising sea levels and the incessant consumption of plastic, the state of the world’s oceans is deteriorating rapidly. Instead of discarding or burning this plastic, the architects Erik Goksøyr and Emily-Claire Goksøyr asked whether this neglected material had architectural potential. In an extensive material study, the duo designed three prototypes to postulate this theory.

Although it started as a humble thesis, this project is being updated under the Out of Ocean organization. On the coasts of the Koster Islands in Sweden, plastic samples were collected and examined for their different material properties in areas such as color, texture, light and translucency.

Courtesy Emily-Claire GoksøyrCourtesy Emily-Claire GoksøyrCourtesy Emily-Claire GoksøyrCourtesy Emily-Claire Goksøyr+ 36

Courtesy Emily-Claire GoksøyrCourtesy Emily-Claire Goksøyr

In its first iteration, entitled House of Texture, the plastic is exposed to heat and compression, which lead to deformation and thus to different textures. From smooth and shiny to rough and jagged, due to their ribbed modular shape, these fragments can be tectonically connected to one another, similar to how concrete is made. The investigation found that some of the properties of the original plastic could be retained, repeating the problem of plastic waste while increasing aesthetics.

Courtesy Emily-Claire GoksøyrCourtesy Emily-Claire GoksøyrCourtesy Emily-Claire GoksøyrCourtesy Emily-Claire Goksøyr

House of Transformation, a symbolic gesture of the literal process of converting waste into a building, creates a gradient from chunky plastic fragments to smooth panels. Using digital modeling software, several canisters that are randomly stacked on top of each other were mapped in the study. The purpose was to show how any combination of garbage from the local coast can be rearranged in different ways to create housing and facades, highlighting not only the reuse of materials but also sustainable practice.

Courtesy Emily-Claire GoksøyrCourtesy Emily-Claire Goksøyr

Inspired by the unusual geology of the place called “Deichschwärmen”, the third design, House of Color, reflects the linearity of the rock layers through the grooves of the building system with endless amounts of plastic. The new material, which is covered with colorful plastic stains, mimics the traditional terrazzo tile in its aesthetics. Since plastic waste does not have a defined shape or standardized construction, there are endless possibilities to create material for a wide range of ephemeral effects.

Courtesy Emily-Claire GoksøyrCourtesy Emily-Claire Goksøyr

In the toxic cycles of overproduction and underconsumption, the notion of waste accumulation seems to be the norm. However, the project aims to change this attitude by turning waste into something that is wanted or appreciated as an aestheticized product. It forces architecture to become its own agency of activism in terms of ecological and sustainable building. By emphasizing the visual properties of plastic in building facades, it is intended to remind people that this build-up is harmful and creates incentives to keep the seas free from litter.

Out of Ocean news

Comments are closed.