Tue, January 11, 2011
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Giant Ark hotel claims 'self-contained haven'

2011-01-11 03:45:27 GMT2011-01-11 11:45:27 (Beijing Time)  SINA.com

The housing of the future as envisioned by Russian architect Alexander Remizov. (Photo courtesy of Alexander Remizov)

For the Ark designed to float, half the building sits underwater. (Photo courtesy of Alexander Remizov)

The basic building starts as a tube-like shape.

Then the framework of steel cables is added. The housing can also be constructed in earthquake zones. Its structure of ropes and arches distributes stressfrom temblors across the building. (Photo courtesy of Alexander Remizov)

The Ark can be built to float on water, and can withstand rising tides and floods of biblical proportion. (Photo courtesy of Alexander Remizov)

The clear roof allows for plants to grow inside. (Photo courtesy of Alexander Remizov)

The building is self-sufficient: The basement can store wind, thermal, and solar energy for up to six months, which can then turn into electricity. (Photo courtesy of Alexander Remizov)

The housing of the future as envisioned by Russian architect Alexander Remizov could be constructed quickly, withstand environmental disasters, and house 10,000 people at a time.

The eco-friendly dome, "The Ark," is designed to withstand biblical flood levels and can be built on land or sea.

The floating hotel is self-sustaining, utilizing solar panels and a rainwater collection system to provide guests with power and water.

The shell-shaped structure is transparent, allowing natural light to flow in and maintain a greenhouse.

(Agencies)

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