A modular, waste-to-energy skyscraper that will recycle floating garbage while cleaning seawater has been proposed for the Great Pacific Garbage Patch in order to assist with solving the global energy and waste crisis.
Designer Honglin Li has created the proposal called FILTRATION, which was awarded an Honourable Mention in the 2019 eVolo Skyscraper Competition. The modular, prefabricated megastructure contains several Material Recovery Facilities and Water Treatment Plants to recycle the floating garbage and clean seawater while taking on the world energy crisis.
The Great Pacific Garbage Patch is a collection of marine debris in the North Pacific Ocean that spans water from the West Coast of North America to Japan. The size of the patch is estimated to be 8.1 percent of the size of the Pacific Ocean, twice the size of Texas and three times the size of California, with the rubbish layer in the area is on average 30 metres thick. The Great Pacific Garbage Patch is not the only vortex: while both the Atlantic and the Indian Ocean have trash vortexes, the Great Pacific Garbage Patch has the largest one. In addition, shipping routes in smaller bodies of water, such as the North Sea, are also developing garbage patches.
As Honglin outlines, unlike conventional material recovery facility that mainly relies on gravity and uses multiple conveyors to rise garbage mainstream several times for sorting and distribution, FILTRATION uses seawater to pump garbage and polluted water to the apex of the building, then filters water and recyclable material down to the bottom. Eventually, non-recycled material and recycled material will be transported away by tidal power. The main structure – the tree truck core allows for a flexible and inclusive range of facilities and plants to be attached on. Such facilities range from Plastic Recycling Facility to Waste-to-energy Power Plant, all of which can be accommodated in vertical aggregation on four sides as idealized and efficient dwellings at the foundations of the tower. Most of the facilities are composed of modular parts which can be replaced at requirements.
FILTRATION was made to provide a sustainable and regenerative solution to floating waste, as well as a second chance to reconstruct the relationship between nature and human beings.
Via ArchDaily | Images courtesy of Honglin LiFILTRATION