by Tyler Hoyle
Spark is an environmentally friendly international design studio. Each of its four offices in Beijing, Shanghai, and Singapore work to create distinctive solutions that reflect initiatives of attaining more sustainable environments across the globe. In Singapore, Spark wants to use recycled plastic from the ocean to build a series of elevated Beach Huts across the coast. The aim is to raise awareness to the negative effects of ocean plastic, which has contributed to the annual death of millions of seabirds and thousands of sea manuals.
The plastic Beach Huts would resemble palm-trees and be constructed with a sort of geometric skin that contains recycled high density polyethylene. According to Spark, HDPE is a non-biodegradable plastic that contributes to most of the plastic waste in our oceans. Spark wants to retrieve the HDPE from the South Pacific Garbage Patch, organize it by color, shred it, and finally reconstruct the material into 3D stiff scale-like shingles to cover the huts exterior.
The project is also solar power-friendly. A timber frame would be used to create the curving upper section of the huts where the plastic tiles would be mounted. The huts would be lit and cooled using energy from the photovoltaic cells.
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Wang, Lucy. “SPARK Designs Solar-powered Beach Huts.” Inhabitat Green Design Innovation Architecture Green Building. N.p., 23 Feb. 2016. Web. 23 Feb. 2016.