The Pipe

Futurists and climate change researchers agreed that after oil, the next great precious resource would be potable H2O.
A design proposal for the Land Art Generator Initiative 2016, “The Pipe” is a floating water desalination plant which creates pure drinking water from the salty ocean water. A collaboration with Ionics Research, the plant is completely self-sufficient, creating all of it’s required energy from its solar outer shell while providing a public amenity, extending the Santa Monica pier out into the Pacific ocean.
One of the most pressing issues today in California is the issue of drought.
Every resident of California has experienced the devastating reality of water shortage and climate change first hand. Every resident, has perhaps wondered about the future, and questioned around for possible solutions.
The issue is simple. Water never leaves our planet. Its simply displaced. Changed from drinkable water to one that is unfit for our consumption, because of impurities.
From the Beach, a gleaming pipe floats in the horizon. Its a testament to our time. It reminds us about our dire dependence on water and on our need to appreciate and value this vital gift. It also teaches us that water is plenty and nature is kind. We just have to learn to work with it, keep it clean and appreciate it.
"You relax on the pool deck looking out to the ocean. Around you, the seamless and clean magic of technology is at work. Above, the solar panels are powering this beautiful, gleaming island of bliss. Below, the seawater comes through the pipes and goes through Electromagnetic Filtration; quietly providing your salt bath with crystal clear salty water, and the city with clean pure water. What you are witnessing is a change in the future of pure water."
The structure of the building is constructed of recycled stainless-steel. The maximum external dimensions of the building are 428 m x 60 m, with a max heigh of 50 m.
Photovoltaic panels line the roof and the sides, providing solar power to the entire building. Wooden Decks, located in the bottom tubes, provide lounge areas and a lookout in various directions. The water treatment facilities are located at the lower section of the building, with limited access. The estimated value of investment is at $150 mil, with projected annual sales of $200 mil. per year.
Project Year
2015
Medium
Floating Solar Panels on Stainless Steel Structure
Location
Santa Monica Bay, California
Project Status
Completed

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