The OYSTOWER project provides a network of self-sustaining structures for monitoring the coastal zone for indicators of change and threat. Programmatically the project incorporates everything needed to sustain human occupation and to collect coastal data and monitor systems. At the core, a shipping container has been modified and turned on end to house potable water storage, a rechargeable battery, food prep and sanitary needs. Spiraling around the core is a stair that provides access and also widens and narrows to increase the inhabitability of the structure. At intervals there are platforms for lab space and sleeping quarters. The structure of the stair and platforms also provides an armature for the exterior shell structure. The enclosing panelized shell structure is grown using 3D swarm printing technology to cast concrete exterior walls that are connected with apertures and openings for views and light. The walls contain pockets for growing plants that will cool the structure as well as providing the potential for additional research.
The ability to monitor and report data about changing conditions in the natural world will provide communities and businesses in the high-risk coastal zones with the ability to make informed decisions about where and when to evacuate or move to safer ground. It will also allow aqua-businesses to make decisions and do the work needed to provide the world with food, navigation and lifestyle benefits. Through a building approach that integrates biologically enhanced features and techniques, the authors provided for a self-sufficient, resilient, adaptive and reactive building prototype that could be deployed in the ubiquitous oyster zones around the world.