The tourist resort is located in an uninhabited area under the waterfalls in tropical rain forest in Malaysian state Sarawak on the island Borneo. The architectural solution is an application of identifying factors of the surrounding environment – tropical rain-forest and a waterfall with a lake.
The objects appear to be situated randomly, however their location is defined by Jurij Vega’s ballistic model (calculation of a canon projectile curve, which is almost identical to the curve of the water drop after its dispersion from the water surface).
The objects are shaped like water drops. The peripheral membrane consists of several materials with different functions – it therefore functions as a solar collector and its translucency can be adjusted. The interior is functionally designed and is divided into a living and sleeping area.
The project received an award in an international architectural competition.
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Tagged 21st century nomads, Borneo, Environment, green architecture, Indonesia, Jurij Vega, Malaysia, Solar Power, Sustainable Building, Water Resources, Waterfall
Recent expansion of tourism, focused on profit creation, where profit itself is the only criteria, is short term focused and unavoidable leads to destruction of the foundations of civilizations.
In the beginning, destinations are unknown and have inadequate infrastructure. The more well-known they become, the more visitors they attract, their purposely built infrastructure is improved.
Uncontrolled and unplanned construction combined with ambitious high cost projects, sadly only very momentarily effective and mostly owned by foreign investors, give the locals and their environment two roles – in the beginning they become the hostages, but ultimately they become the victims who lose their identity and as a result the region stagnates and eventually degrades.
When a destination loses its “charm and purpose” in a tourism sense, it loses the source of profit and steadily declines. There are also many external factors that cannot be controlled, but can contribute to the decline (SARS, terrorism, wars, monetary changes). Considering all the above, the price to pay for a relatively low profit is enormous.
One of the possible solutions for sea side destinations can be in so called “floating hotels” and similar complexes. They are a sort of hybrid between boats and houses. Their main advantage is their mobility; however they can house the entire necessary infrastructure and can produce necessary power. In times of tourism expansion they can help reduce disordered construction and therefore allow the destination to follow its development course without too much visible damage and thus help maintain balance between the local environment and the needs of the tourism industry. According to the tourism industry needs and external factors, these objects can simply be relocated to different destinations.
An artificial island is a possible solution for a maritime boundary agreement between Slovenia and Croatia. Not surprisingly, politicians don’t have enough interest for the project due to their daily preoccupations with power struggle.
The artificial island has two main purposes. Firstly as a general tourist attraction and it also represents coexistence of three surrounding neighboring countries (Croatia, Italy and Slovenia). All three own the island. All three countries can access the International water and according to the UN convention on the Law of the Sea maritime boundaries between the countries become irrelevant. The distance between the island and the land of all three countries is between 8-12 nautical miles and the size of the island is approx. 20 ha.
The island is designed as a lagoon with the hotel complex in the marine, with central activities and hotel rooms in the upper level, and entertainment and education in the underwater part.
In the inner lagoon there is a rotating tower with a lighthouse and panoramic restaurant as a symbolic element – tall enough (50 m) to enable a view of all three countries and to be seen from all three countries. Additionally there are three more islands (symbolic) for golf courses.
The starting sea depth is 30 m. The basic construction of the island is formed by lamp holders, prefabricated elements from reinforced concrete and metal construction. Some parts of the island are floating. The hotel complex is built from the seabed in statically dynamic relation with other constructed parts of the island. The island is self-sufficient in terms of energy (water systems, wind, and sun). Water is supplied by desalination and from the land. Recycling systems are also incorporated.
Slovenia, Croatia Close to Ending Dispute Before EU Entry – Bloomberg (bloomberg.com)
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Tagged arbitral tribunal, Arbitration Document, Artificial Island, Bay, border dispute with Croatia, Croatia, Island of Adria, Italy, Piran, Piran bay, Slovenia
ARCHITECTURE AND WATER
Is this the frontier between Land and Water, the magic line of infinite energy, the border between carving and perfection – the haven of land, the challenge of water?
Is the solution to our survival hidden in the vastness of water or is it merely our longing to find it there?
Is our view across the surface of water to the edge of the horizon an unsettled destiny of eternal dreams? Is there, somewhere in the distance, what we have been and what we would like to be?
Just like Land has its Sky, Water has its Depth and just like Land cannot exist without Water, Man cannot exist without Architecture.
Among the arts and all its forms, architecture is possibly the most responsible to humanity. Together they build civilizations and therefore architecture is responsible for the evolutionary development of our existence. It is possible to avoid other art divisions, but it is impossible to avoid architecture. Architecture follows, guides and touches people every step of the way – either unknowingly or with its full power; without people needing to go to the theatre, read a book or visit a gallery.
Architecture is, and always will be, the accompanying art of the governing class; who in turn also depends on it, sometimes as a blind servant. This is clearly evident in architectural creations that have been used as a means of political manifestation and at times they are the peak of indoctrination of certain ideologies or repressions.
It is the mission, tendency and the duty of an architect to constantly search for something new. The architect and his or her creations must not be the reflection of a current fashionable trend or act as a tool in the hands of the governing class in order to quench its current governing thirst. It is the obligation of each individual through his or her creative life cycle to give more back to civilization, and to improve upon the civilization one knew while growing up. This is the only conscious way to achieve the catharsis of the future.
Aleš Šeligo, Architect, The author of Architecture and Water