After the Costa Concordia struck a rock and grounded on Giglio Island, off the western coast of Italy earlier this year, the cruise ship has remained in the same position. The wreckage is awaiting an expensive salvage operation, but research platform ICSplat called for alternative proposals for the site in the ‘New Concordia Island Contest’. Alexander Laing and Francesco Matteo Belfiore, graduates from the Architectural Association, were awarded first place for their conceptual design to turn the ship into a memorial garden.
Dezeen reports that their proposal suggests removing the 35% of the ship that rises above the water and adding plants to the remaining compartments. Two suspended routes would lead out across the water, directly connecting the island to the memorial, allowing visitors to walk right up to it.