Designers Re-Imagine Oil Rigs as Positive Environmental Habitats

A Chinese design team recently rolled out a fascinating set of plans that creatively re-imagine oil rigs as floating, eco-friendly habitats that could help the environment recover after an oil spill. The designers – Ma Yidong, Zhu Zhonghui, Qin Zhengyu and Jiang Zhe – created the plan in response to the increasing need to balance responsible resource-harvesting practices with preservation. “With the increasing demand of energy resources and the exhaustion of inland petroleum, the exploitation of marine seems inevitable,” they say. The Noah Oasis offers a solution to counter the increased risk of oil spills. “The original rig will become a reactor center, where the spilled oil will be converted into catalyst and building materials, as well as a recreational center and research facility,” the designers explain.

In the renderings, we see strong, healthy branches towering into the sky alongside steel beams. The underwater pilings that stabilize the rig become structures to host thriving coral reef colonies. In these ways, the Noah Oasis visualizes using the industrial equipment as a vehicle for saving natural resources from harm, much as the Bible character Noah sheltered animals from disaster aboard an ark.  The plan was nominated honorable mention in eVolo Magazine's 2015 skyscraper design competition.

eVolo Magazine
via [Design Bloom]

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