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A Feel-Good Trip

A Proposed Resort In The Philippines Is All About Sustainability

“Discover the world without distorting it. Revitalize ecosystems instead of impoverishing and polluting them.”

—Vincent Callebaut Architectures

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PHOTO COURTESY OF VINCENT CALLEBAUT ARCHITECTURES

Shrinking carbon footprints is all the rage these days. The Nautilus Eco-Resort project in Palawan, the Philippines aims to avoid one altogether. Proposed by architect Vincent Callebaut in September, the 27,000-square-meter (290,626-square-foot) facility aims to be in tune with the natural world—starting with the spiral shell motif recurring throughout its design. The goal is to produce a hotel of “zero emission, zero waste, zero poverty,” Mr. Callebaut's firm said in a news release.

More than 500 guests would be able to stay in the island enclave at once. Twelve spiraling apartment buildings on the property's east side would rotate to follow the sun's movement to maximize sunlight exposure. Twelve snail-shaped buildings flanking the west side would contain exhibition spaces detailing the region's environmental challenges. To encourage interaction between scientists and visitors, a central building would host a scientific research center and sports and recreational facilities, among other things.

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If the project moves forward, the team would source only reused or recycled construction materials. To prevent damage to marine life, the resort would be reachable primarily via flat-bottomed sailboats and electric boats—no gas-powered vessels allowed. All this, Mr. Callebaut's firm says, is “a voluntary approach to reimburse ecological debt.”

PROJECT

Nautilus Eco-Resort

LOCATION

Palawan, the Philippines

EASY PICKINGS

The resort would have its own orchards and vegetable garden to supply the kitchen.

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