The Ark Hotel is some shiny, shiny design porn courtesy of Russian firm Remistudio (with the assistance of the International Union of Architects’ program Architecture for Disasters Relief).
As more cities are devastated (Brisbane alone is looking at a price tag in the billions after last week’s floods) one thing’s for sure; just rebuilding what was there before won’t be enough. And if billions are to be spent, it should be on structures armored against heavy weather.
This design seems like a good place to start (if malls and hotels are your thing, that is..)
news.com.au has the full details:
Designed as “an integrated energy system with an uninterruptible power supply using alternative energy sources”, the slinky-like Ark Hotel uses solar panels and a rainwater collection system to provide inhabitants with power and water.
The dome-shaped hotel is constructed with wooden arches, steel cables and a “self-cleaning” plastic layer instead of glass.
Further, the 14,000 square metre shell-like construction of arches and cables distributes the weight evenly, meaning it can withstand earthquakes
It has also been designed to stay afloat in the event of floods or rising seas.
It would be built around a central pillar connecting to roof-top wind generators and heat pumps, as well as to energy storage and thermal conversion units below.
There will also be a “tornado” energy generating spiral at the top of the pillar.
Daylight is filtered through to internal rooms due to the hotel’s see-through structure, reducing the need for lighting.
There will be an array of vegetation to aid air quality and provide food sources.