Lonely Planet Writer

Plans for a futuristic eco-friendly resort in the Philippines

Architect Vincent Callebaut has unveiled plans for a stunning resort in the Philippines that focuses on eco-friendly elements of design. The breathtaking Nautilus Eco-Resort will be in the shape of a shell, and accommodation will be entirely built from reused or recycled material from the area.

Nautilus Eco-Resort
A bird’s eye view of the resort. Image by Vincent Callebaut Architectures
014 GREEN BALCONIES & SNAIL FACADES
Green balconies galore. Image by Vincent Callebaut Architectures
009 BIOCEMENT STRUCTURAL MOUCHARABIEH - BIRDS-EYE VIEW
The design is very eye-catching. Image by Vincent Callebaut Architectures

With futuristic rotating apartment towers and an incredible spiral layout, over 500 guests will be able to stay at the resort at any one time. The towers themselves are even set to rotate so that tourists will be able to soak up the last of the sun’s rays. According to Callebaut, the eco-resort follows the Fibonacci sequence, employed by architects to create visually striking designs.

023 ROTATING TRISKELES - BIRD’S-EYE VIEW
Rotating triskeles offer the best views of the resort. Image by Vincent Callebaut Architectures
025 ROTATING TRISKELES TOWERS ALONG THE LAGOONS
A closer look at some of the accommodation. Image by Vincent Callebaut Architectures

The resort will be built in an area with calm waters, and guests will have to either sail there or use electronic boats. Sitting atop telescopic piles, notable sustainable technology has been slated for the project including underwater turbines to capture wave energy. But plans for the new structural masterpiece are not just focused on tourists. In the centre of the resort there will be a scientific research centre and nautical recreation base known as the “Origami Mountain”.

017 SCIENTIFIC LEARNING CENTER - GREEN ROOF
The scientific learning centre. Image by Vincent Callebaut Architectures

On the roof of the “mountain” will be organic orchards and vegetable gardens serving the resort’s restaurants as wells as a sports pool and seawater leisure pool surrounded by science laboratories, something that the architect hopes will “increase exchanges between researchers and eco-tourists”. The ambitious project will also host an elementary school, children’s home and sports halls for local youth.

020 COMMUNITY LOUNGE & CENTRAL DECK
The community lounging area. Image by Vincent Callebaut Architectures

“This collaborative concept offers responsible ecotourism based on education and interpretation in a natural environment, where the resources and well-being of local populations are to be preserved and gradually restored in a voluntary approach to ‘reimburse ecological debt’” says Callebaut.

“The Nautilus Eco-Resort project wants to extend the field of action of a triple-zero eco-tourism: zero-emission, zero-waste, zero poverty”.