The Ark concept, which Remistudio designed in connection with the International Union of Architects’ program “Architecture for Disaster Relief,” can be built in various climates and in seismically dangerous regions because its basement is a shell structure, devoid of ledges or angles. A load-bearing system of arches and cables allows weight redistribution along the entire corpus in case of an earthquake. The building’s clever design enables an optimal relationship between its volume and its outer surface, significantly saving materials and providing energy efficiency. Itsprefabricated frame also allows for fast construction.
The Ark constitutes a single energysystem. Its shape is convenient for installing photovoltaic cells at an optimal angle toward the sun. The cupola, in the upper part, collects warm air which is gathered in seasonal heat accumulators to provide an uninterrupted energy supply for the whole complex independently from outer environmental conditions. The heat from the surrounding environment — the outer air, water or ground — is also used.
Planting greenery is the next step in creating a bioclimatic building and the Ark is filled with it. The tall, illuminated inside space creates well-lit places to grow plants at any time of day. Enough daylight penetrates through the transparent roof to illuminate the inner rooms as well. The tiered balconies serve as social and recreational areas and the Ark has an open layout that can easily be adapted to different functions over time.
The Ark’s structural solidity is provided by compression of timber arches and tension of steel cables. The framework is covered by a special foil made of ethyltetrafluoroethylene, or ETFE. It is a strong, highly transparent foil that is self-cleaning, recyclable, and more durable, cost-efficient and lighter than glass. The foil itself is affixed to the framework by special metal profiles, which serve as solar collectors for heating water and as gutters for collecting rainwater from the roof.
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I love the idea of the structures being 'SELF SUSTAIING', meeting the needs of humans at minimal input cost, but getting the most out of the system... I think the thought direction is going in the right place with these 'arks', floods, earthquakes and other natural risks are one thing that we must keep in mind when building shelter in the future, but with our current economic crisis (around the world) and the depletion of our natural resorces due to our consumption begs for better management of our resorces. And I think the 'idea' of these buildings are allot better than what we have at the moment. :)
Copy of Jan Gluszek's work
The only thing I can see in this project is the similarity (a coincident, or not?) to one of the Jan Głuszak work from 1963. He was a Polish artist and architect. He used “Dagarama” pseudonym. That vision has title “Morule – klimatrony, jednostki mieszkalne o zmiennych przegrodach klimatycznych” (“Morule-klimatrony, residential units with changing climatic panels”). Not only the general form is almost the same, but also the special function (to adapt to various climates) remains without any change.
It is not clear how many people this structure is supposed to support, but the amount of grass, planted areas, and half a dozen trees would be nowhere near sufficient to create a "closed-functioning cycle" for the number that it would appear to be able to accommodate. There are also a number of contradictions, for example: talk of naturally-lit internal areas, yet plants shroud a lot of the living areas (and the photovoltaic panels, which seem to be the new invisible models in the artist's renders, would further block light); the structure is supposed to be used in cases of disaster relief, but the need for massive excavation to house the water and energy systems is not mentioned; it's also not clear how the massive pre-fabricated elements would be transported to disaster-affected areas; its stability in any water other than a calm lake looks very questionable; etc. Nice pictures, and uses plenty of architectural cliches, but doesn't really look to provide anything like a practical design for its intended purpose. It would better serve as a concept in the luxury boutique hotels category.
I once thought of a floating greenhouse that can travel north and south during the changing seasons to maximize sunlight.
The problem with projects like this is that the only people who would be able to afford to live on such a machine would be the super rich. The people that are going to be most affected by climate change are the super poor. Start addressing issues that affect the masses and you will really be able to help humanities future...designing for the rich just helps the rich. Enter your sustainable ideas and projects to the Holcim Awards for Sustainable Construction. http://bit.ly/a7rwWV
as an intellectual exercise this is interesting but this will never get past the theoretical stage. this idea is nothing new. there have been self contained autonomous structures around for decades that work much better than this. they're called "cruise ships". climate change isn't going to cause massive flooding like this building is designed for. that's not the way it works. melting of the polar ice caps is causing gradual rising of sea level that happening on long term timeline. it is predicted that the sea level will rise 2 meters (6 feet) by 2100. don't get me wrong I'm not trying to deminish the seriousness of global warming. I'm just saying that the designer really doesn't understand climate change.