When disaster strikes, will we be ready? With global warming a very real issue at hand, there are people and architects out there thinking about the future.
For humanity to survive, we may need a modern day Noah. For those thinking of extreme climate changes and environmental conditions, the Ark may be a great solution. The eco-friendly floating home could be constructed in just a few months anywhere in the world, the designer says.
“The form of a dome promotes the formation of turbulences of air, strengthening the work of wind generators,” said Russian architect Alexander Remizov.
“Inside the building, the dome form promotes accumulation of warm air in the top part of a building,” he continued. “This heat will be transformed to other kinds of energy and collects also in thermal accumulators.”
Created as a building that has its own independent life support sources, this space has a dome-like top and certainly is built to withstand floating through rising sea levels if need be. The Ark works all within itself to heat, cool, and sustain energy.
Planting greenery is also a part of living in the Ark, in order to produce oxygen and liven up the contemporary interior areas. Constructing The Ark — which would include 14,000 square meters (151,000 square feet) of living space — would cost roughly the same as building an energy-efficient house.
According to Remizov: “For architecture two aspects are of higher concern: the first one is maintenance of security and precautions against extreme environmental conditions and climate changes.
The second one – protection of natural environment from human activities. The Ark project makes an attempt to answer these challenges of our Time. The Ark project was designed on the basis of international experience received from the UIA Work Program “Architecture for Disasters Relief” and according to the concept of a bioclimatic house with independent life support sources.In such buildings provision is made for an independent life support system including elements ensuring a closed functioning cycle.”