Published On: Sun, Jul 27th, 2014

Grand Cancun: “simply an Outstanding and Mind-blowing Project”

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Richard Moreta Castillo was born in New York City. He is the Architect Designer and Team Leader for development of hospitality, high end residential, aviation, public, residential, industrial and commercial complex facilities at GMZ Design.

Moreta constantly interacts with people from the contracting, project scheduling, financing and marketing sectors of the industry. Richard also works as a consultant to corporate clients based in Europe, Florida, and the Caribbean.

Richard Moreta

Richard Moreta

For the last 15 years, he has had an extensive background in Design and Construction, working in continental Europe, Africa, Asia, Caribbean, and the U.S.

 

 

He has lectured throughout the United States, Europe and the Americas and has taught in several institutions in the US, Europe and Latin America.

His work  has been published in a great number of international magazines, and he has been recognized with Public Service and Professional Achievement Awards throughout the world.

 

 

Now, Richard Moreta Castillo has envisioned a grand offshore marine platform on stilts to commemorate the 50th anniversary of beginning of Cancun’s development in 2020.

 

Although the design for the mega Grand Cancun eco-complex will include all of the luxury amenities often associated with a project of this scale, including underwater dining and shopping galore, the project’s inspiring eco ethos is all-encompassing.

The design for the mega Grand Cancun eco-complex will include all of the luxury amenities often associated with a project of this scale

The design for the mega Grand Cancun eco-complex will include all of the luxury amenities often associated with a project of this scale

The entire surface of the offshore platform will be covered in solar panels that will provide energy for both Grand Cancun and the main city’s national grid. Vertical wind turbines and underwater tidal wave energy collectors will produce even more clean energy.

Richard Moreta Castillo envisioned an offshore marine platform that will be used in part to clean up the ocean near Cancun

Richard Moreta Castillo envisioned an offshore marine platform that will be used in part to clean up the ocean near Cancun

A rainwater collection system allows water to be collected and then reused, which combined with a mini desalination plant will make the complex completely self-sufficient.

A mini desalination plant on board helps to provide fresh water supplies

A mini desalination plant on board helps to provide fresh water supplies

The zero carbon footprint Grand Cancun mega project is the first marine platform that doesn’t seek to exploit its natural resources. Instead, it seeks to remediate the ocean site in which it is placed. In this case, the platform will filter out hydrocarbons and pollutants to ensure that marine creatures will benefit from a healthier ecosystem and the beachfront’s natural beauty is restored.

Albeit a luxury resort with a strong eco-ethos

Albeit a luxury resort with a strong eco-ethos

The most prestigious award for conceptual design in hospitality, the Radical Innovation In Hospitality Award has received more than seventy projects worldwide in the last two years and commented about Grand Cancun -a multifunctional offshore eco-platform with luxury resort facilities- among the best for “standing out” and “mind blowing” concept.

The luxury resort also includes underwater dining and shopping galore

The luxury resort also includes underwater dining and shopping galore

The truth is, all ideas were brilliant. But the reason of this particular post, is that very few have been conceived from the core with the intention of saving the planet. 

Hydrocarbons and other pollutants are filtered out of the surrounding water

Hydrocarbons and other pollutants are filtered out of the surrounding water

Project Grand Cancun was also awarded the First Prize in the National Architecture Awards of Dominican Republic, year 2013. His designer, who we alreadypresented in this article is Architect Richard Moreta Castillo, who now has ventured to try and solve various coastal problems afflicting the city of Cancun while envisioning this jaw-dropping resort.

The platform is powered by solar, wind and geothermal energy

The platform is powered by solar, wind and geothermal energy

Planned to become the jewel of the Caribbean and celebrate the 50th foundation anniversary of the city, Grand Cancun will be a mega-building, an offshore city standing on stilts where hotels, commercial centres, convention facilities, cinemas and many other features will provide the ultimate experience in hospitality, while cleaning the seas at the same time, being totally self sufficient, having zero-carbon-footprint, and providing drinking water and energy for the city from renewable resources!

Is this just too good to be truth?

This brilliant design is slated to be erected in time for Cancun's 50th anniversary

This brilliant design is slated to be erected in time for Cancun’s 50th anniversary

This is said to be the world's first offshore platform designed to actually give back to the ocean instead of extracting all its resources

This is said to be the world’s first offshore platform designed to actually give back to the ocean instead of extracting all its resources

Source: http://inhabitat.com/

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