Ark Hotel! Giant biosphere is a ‘self-contained haven’

Daily Mail

It looks like a cross between Noah’s Ark and something out of a 1970s science-fiction film.

The futuristic Ark Hotel has been designed to withstand floods caused by rising sea levels.

The floating behemoth is a ‘biosphere’ conceived as a safe, self-contained haven in case of disaster.

Boasting a green, self-sustaining environment for guests, the shell-shaped hotel would withstand tidal waves and other natural disasters. (MORE IMAGES BELOW)

Architects say the Ark’s shell-like construction of arches and cables evenly distribute weight so it is also invulnerable to earthquakes.

The design uses solar panels and a rainwater collection system to provide inhabitants with power and water.

The greenhouse-like environment also provides for lush vegetation to help with air quality and provide food sources.

Because of the see-through structure enough daylight is filtered through internal rooms to reduce the need for lighting.

And to ensure quality of light, the frame is protected with a self-cleaning layer.

Eco-zone: The Ark has been designed by Russian firm Remistudio with the assistance of
the International Union of Architects’ program Architecture For Disaster Relief

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