NAUTILUS: A PIONEERING ‘ZERO–EMISSION, ZERO-WASTE, ZERO-POVERTY’ ECO-RESORT PROPOSED FOR THE PHILIPPINES
BY Zoe Phoon Pictures courtesy of Vincent Callebaut Architectures
Eco-minded tourism destinations around the globe are known for their commitment to preserving their surroundings, benefiting native communities and employing local staff.
Such eco-vacation places include living rainforests, mountain retreats, private nature reserves, nearby beaches, and oases in deserts.
In the pipeline is the Philippine archipelago of Palawan’s “zero-emission, zero-waste, zero-poverty” Nautilus Eco-Resort, a pioneering eco-tourism complex.
This collaborative concept offers responsible eco-tourism based on education and interpretation in a natural environment.
It is where the resources and wellbeing of local communities are to be preserved and gradually restored in a voluntary approach.
At this first-of-its-kind Nautilus Eco-Resort, tourists would be able to discover the island without its distortions while stakeholders revitalise the ecosystems without polluting them.
Made up of one large island and 1,800 smaller islets, Palawan is famous for its exceptional scuba diving. It has been crowned by international travellers as “Best in the World” three years in a row in the Travel + Leisure magazine’s annual awards.
Home to majestic mountains, limestone caves and crystal clear turquoise waters, Palawan became prominent after it was featured in several Hollywood blockbusters.
However, all this has taken a toll on the Philippines: Its current environment is under threat from mass tourism, pollution in the form of plastic waste and toxic products, and overfishing.
Nautilus Eco-Resort’s design is a response to this current environmental degradation, according to architecture and design digital magazine designboom.
The project would be completely built from reused or recycled materials and entirely self-sufficient in energy and food.
Crowdfunding would be used to ensure the site’s conservation while directly supporting local economic development in the form of jobs and income.
Volunteer eco-tourists would help clear washed-up waste on the beaches.
Paris-based Vincent Callebaut Architectures has unveiled plans for Nautilus Eco-Resort.
The complex will comprise a series of shell-shaped hotels and rotating apartment towers organised in a spiral around a central island which hosts the nautical centre and scientific research laboratories.
The facades and roofs combine plant walls and photovoltaic cells to increase the buildings’ thermal inertia, optimise natural cooling and generate electricity.
Rainwater is reused while greywater is biologically recycled in waste stabilisation ponds bordering the gardens.
Vincent Callebaut, the man himself, is a Belgian ecological architect. He designs futuristic-like eco-district projects.
His firm has designed and developed a number of environmentally efficient building concepts which integrate greenery and renewable resources.