XTU architects imagines offshore oil rigs transformed into radical housing of the future
 

XTU architects imagines offshore oil rigs transformed into radical housing of the future

no stranger to an unconventional project, XTU architects presents their latest fantastical proposal titled ‘x_lands’. the concept looks at life after oil, and in particular, what to do with all the offshore platforms that have been built in the last century to drill for the earth’s natural resources. 

XTU architects imagines offshore oil rigs transformed into radical housing of the future

all images courtesy of XTU architects

 

 

mankind’s appetite for these fossil fuels has had a tremendous impact on the natural environment. as the age of oil comes to an end and countries look at utilizing renewable and greener energy sources, XTU architects proposes to tackle the symbols of the oil companies: the offshore platform.

XTU architects imagines offshore oil rigs transformed into radical housing of the future

 

 

with their immense scale, oil rig structures have an interesting potential for adaption. this project imagines the industrial monoliths transformed into poetic, habitable and exotic projects, or in other words ‘x_lands’. 

XTU architects imagines offshore oil rigs transformed into radical housing of the future

 

 

imagined as bubbles or containers of housing, each proposal adds lush greenery to the industrial structures, bringing a much-needed human and natural touch to the rigs. envisioned as a ‘sustainable path for tomorrow’, the project by XTU architects aims to mark a change of paradigms. 

XTU architects imagines offshore oil rigs transformed into radical housing of the future

XTU architects imagines offshore oil rigs transformed into radical housing of the future

XTU architects imagines offshore oil rigs transformed into radical housing of the future

XTU architects imagines offshore oil rigs transformed into radical housing of the future

 

 

project info:

 

project name: x_lands

project type: concept

architect: XTU architects

 

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edited by: lynne myers | designboom

  • You cannot be serious. Who the hell would want to reside there? Who would pay money for this sort of development.

    Johnb says:
  • They have to be kidding this is the Last thing that the word needs

    fred rehak says:
  • They have to be kidding This is the LAST thing that the world needs

    fred rehak says:
  • You obviously have never worked offshore and don’t have any idea how dangerous it is..

    Christopher Poynter says:
  • Who is paying for this project. What a complete waste of money. Have you considered the structural integrity of a rig at the end of its life. Who could afford the maintenance and running costs. Who would want to live there? Utter stupidity.

    John Rutherford says:
  • Outlandish fantasy.

    Parimal Mehta says:
  • These structures have a finite life. Not to mention a remote hostile environment accessible only by uncomfortable helicopter or vessel and requiring certification to travel. Living on Rockall is more feasible

    Jezza says:
  • A. Those rigs are not ‘permanent’ and require a significant amount of maintenance.
    B. As noted earlier, it is dangerous.
    C. All your supplies and waste need to be shipped in, and THAT is expensive.
    D. You can’t grow large trees like that offshore and all the soil would erode.

    Phillip says:
  • I think you should change the project name from ‘x lands’ to “Cloud cuckoo lands”

    Derek Scott says:
  • This looks like a thought bubble exercise that took a few hours (minutes?) on photoshop.
    Those rigs might look big in a photo but they aren’t as big as you’d think.
    Every single platform will need a crane (if not two for redundancy) to bring on board food. That means a couple of crane operators and mechanics.
    Who pays for the boats?
    Are they keeping the helidecks? That requires a fire crew and radio operator.
    What about if someone gets sick? Medic or doctor required.
    Who does all the constant preventative maintenance to replace all the corroded materials?
    What do people actually do when they are offshore?
    The best option is some kind of elitist hotel but you’re surrounded by sea on all sides, this gets old pretty quick when you’re not working 12 hours a day.
    It makes for some nice photos but they’d be better off photoshopping architecture onto tiny offshore islands and connecting them to the shore via bridge or tunnel.
    Sorry but it’s completely impractical.

    A Rigpig says:
  • A similar idea was done back in japan Expo 75, designed by Kiyonori Kikutake. http://www.rougerie.com/eng/project/160. Did not last long, too expensive to maintain. No one will buy property there. Basic infrastructure alone will be very costly.

    Maverick says:
  • All of the impracticalities and harsh realities aside, these are wonderful fantasies and beautiful designs. I don’t think I’d ever care to live on a terra-formed oil rig such as these, but I’d jump at the (unlikely) chance of spending a holiday on one.

    melliforte says:
  • Ditto to most of the comments here…This is simply folly and nonsense!

    A CAD daydream by those that know nothing of this world and have (obviously?) too much time on their hands to speculate about such ventures…

    Artistically and imagination wise…very interesting…

    Jay C. White Cloud says:
  • this reminds me of the gorillaz’ plastic beach album art!

    olive says:
  • Beautiful prisons!

    Giangi says:

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