The arch-shaped building, dubbed the Ark, has a structure that enables it to float and exist autonomously on the surface of the water. The Ark was also designed to be a bioclimatic house with independent life-support systems, including elements ensuring a closed-functioning cycle.
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.
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.