Russian architect Alexander Remizov thinks so — and his prototype design, called “The Ark.” Remizov believes his Ark, designed to be constructed from timber, steel and high-strength ETFE plastic, could be adapted for all kinds of environments and put to a number of different uses, including emergency housing – its prefabricated structure should allow it to be constructed quickly- and hotels. He’s even suggested a variation with a honeycomb-style hull that can float.
A wind power generator that runs through the center of the building would provide power while the outer surface would be covered with transparent solar panels. If the Ark was built on water, as Remizov suggests, he says it could also utilize thermal water energy.
“The form of a dome promotes the formation of turbulences of air, strengthening the work of wind generators,” wrote Remizov in an email to CNN.
“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.”
While still on the drawing board, Remizov believes The Ark could be used for many purposes from apartments to offices and hotels, and be built on different scales to house between 50 and 10,000 people.
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