No, it's not a giant slinky, though the comparison seems inevitable. Russian architect Alexander Remizov has released his design for what he calls ‘The Ark’, a building he says attempts to answer the “challenges of our time”, like extreme environmental conditions and climate change.
Made of wood, steel, high-tech plastic, and featuring photoelectric cells (solar panels), the environmentally friendly dome structure has multiple uses, from a hotel to housing, to a more bioclimatic house function able to withstand forces of nature including floods, earthquakes and tornadoes.
On his website, Remizov— the owner of architecture firm Remistudio—says his project is designed based on international experience received from the UIA Work Program ‘Architecture for Disasters Relief’.
Describing the structure as a “single energy system”, he says the building’s dome structure creates an “...optimum relationship between the building’s volume and its outer surface, which gives a substantial saving of materials and produces effective energy usage”. Additionally, Remizov says the use of prefabricated frames also allows for the building to be put up quickly.
As well as the solar panel, power is also generated from both a wind power generator and a tornado generator, and the building also facilitates rainwater collection.
In an email to CNN, Remizov says he estimates the cost of the Ark is comparable to that of energy-efficient green buildings.
"Lightweight materials, such as coating film, light design of the foundation, no insulation due to the presence of the buffer zone, reduce the weight structures, which would lead to cheaper construction," he said.
Then there’s the plants within the dome. According to Remizov, “All the plants are chosen according to principles of compatibility, illumination and efficiency of oxygen producing, as well as with the aim of creating an attractive and comfort space
And the building isn’t confined to dwell on land only. Should global water levels rise, Remizov says the structure is designed to float and “exist autonomously on the surface of the water”.