I have proposed an alternative decommissioning, and regenerative process for the Troll A oil and gas platform in the North Sea. Designing, inspired by the political role that Norwegian fairytales had and still have in grounding cultural identity, a story with tiny heroes in a huge system.
The goal of my mission is to clean the platform while preparing it for a new life at its current site. This metabolization process sets the groundwork for the process of creating a new habitat welcoming for both animals and humans that are spectacular and educational to experience. In addition the project also aims to bring the subject of fairytale washing to the table, how powerful it is as a tool, and how it is deliberately used for advocating and identity building purposes.
The project is structured with seven chapters, as if it were a fairytale book. Each chapter relates to different characters with different agendas, and needs across a larger span of time. The characters are plankton, lichens, oil spill-eating bacteria, platform care-takers and nature enthusiasts. The chapters span from when oil was found in the Troll oil field to when the platform dies.
The overall design intervention is facilitating an anthropogenic bio-receptive landscape on top of, and weaved into, the platform structure. With a sloping valley in the center, facing South towards the sun, and with protection from the storm winds from North and West.
Eventually in maybe 200 years when the platform materials are too old to keep standing, the structure is clean enough to collapse into the ocean and become a hard surface for cold water reefs, in an otherwise soft seafloor.
The end of the fairytale is the beginning of the next bio-receptive sub-natural ecosystem.