The oceans today are not just eerie and forbidden regions, but areas that, despite the fact that they may never have seen human being, feel the effects of human activities. Marine plastic pollution has impacted many species; we are replacing the vivid ocean life by colourful plastic. Globally, millions of tons of trash enter the ocean each year. Due to ocean currents, salt water and sun the debris is broken into particles those are poisoning the food chain. This plastic waste collects in particular areas – Garbage Patches, growing to the size of Continents. Garbage Patch is location for proposed floating station which is collecting plastic debris from the surface of the water, storing it and by biodegradation starting the process of recycling that continues later on shore.
Floating station is with different processes answering the environmental changes on site. Object connects research and education facility with ocean plastic collect and recycle centre. Considering this, target of the project is to use marine science and knowledge to showcase the increasingly troubling side of marine environments, not as a new phenomenon, but as the result of centuries of human – ocean interactions. This new meeting platform brings people to this distant environment and fights against the illusion that we cannot hurt ocean by our action on shore. The station is spanning to great depths and allowing experiencing the various aspects of affected ocean life.
Floating Station is following three main ecological principles.
The principles of fluctuations – building is designed and perceived as place where different cultural and natural processes interact. Its form and function are created based on the natural processes which the station engages – navigation with the wind force, tidal power generating, and solar energy gain. The water cleaning is activating as well processes inside of the station to self-sustain the community on board; water desalination through condensation, hydroponic planting,…
The principle of stratification – building´s organization emerges out of the interactions between its different properties and levels. This kind of organization allows complexity to be managed in a coherent manner.
The principle of interdependence – relations between buildings properties and environment are reciprocal. The Floating Station is responding to the external stimuli and developing based on them. The Floating station is cleaning the ocean and restoring the balance in the marine environment. And at the same time, the natural forces are affecting the movement and positioning of the stations as well as the inside environment.
The design is considering its relationship with the environment and it’s surrounding and therefore it is not just dealing with the environmental issues considering cleaning the ocean, but the station is reflecting processes that occur on water and learn from the biological systems of marine organisms. This dynamic architecture is first influenced, transformed and organized by ecology systems; this approach helps the station maintain its stability while still allow change and adaptation to occur.