Grand Cancun Eco Island planned

For the famous Mexican luxury destination Cancun Island’s 50th anniversary, architect Richard Moreta Castillo is designing a luxurious floating island that alleviates environmental impact instead of adding to it. The Grand Cancun Eco Island is imagined as a massive offshore marine platform on stilts. Although the design for the eco-complex will include all of the luxury amenities often associated with a project of this scale — including underwater dining and shopping — the project’s inspiring eco ethos is all-encompassing. The centerpiece of the design is the snake-like shape of the structure’s main building which is meant to be a play on the nation’s Mayan name “Kan Kun” or Nest of Snakes, from the magical legend of Mayan Serpent God. However, solar panels, including see-through photovoltaic polymers, will cover most of Grand Cancun’s surface, turning the entire structure into a power plant. Underneath the buildings, there will be systems of tidal and wave energy collectors as well.

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