The Ark

The Ark was inspired by the shape created when two water drops collide. By conducting several experiments we managed to immortalize a sculptural volume that has afterwards been transposed into an architectural form.  The patterns that water can shape, either by carving or by colliding, motivated us to begin the modeling process from this concept.

At the same time, we believe that water can provide habitable spaces with the help of technology, ingenuity and imagination. As scientist are concerned about the expansion of the planetary ocean, we created a skyscraper that floats on water.

The project aims to set an example for future similar projects that could easily reinterpret the sustainable principles and the technology that created this floating city that comes as a response to modern concerns about the environment and land occupation. Given the fact that our ideas corresponded with the views stated by the Evolo team,  we submitted our project to the 2015 skyscraper competition “Pacific Heights”.

Although we`ve chosen Abu Dhabi as the original location for the skyscraper, the island can be moved about the planetary ocean with the help of massive ships thanks to the submerged volume that sustains the entire tower. Due to its high level of self-sufficiency, the island can be relocated across the ocean`s surface, in either high-populated or isolated areas.

The skyscraper is located strategically into the main harbor of Abu Dhabi. This idle set  places the hotel in a coherent context, allowing it to contribute to the city`s identity and notoriety. The hotel continues the skyline of the city whilst enriching its architectural value and emphasizing its modern appearance.  Therefore, the tower becomes a landmark for Abu Dhabi, reinforcing its status of international city.  A subtle dialogue starts between the city and the floating skyscraper, as the inhabitants of the city can admire the skyscraper from various points across the bay, while the visitors of the hotel can enjoy a panoramic view of Abu Dhabi.

The skyscraper integrates naturally into the landscape, giving the impression that it rises above the waves from the depths of the ocean, just like seamount chains.

The exterior shell is composed of three  layers that define a double-skin facade covered in an LED layer that brighten the building at night. The first layer has a structural role. A spider-web made of carbon fiber models the shape of the building, while at the same time creating spectacular views from the inside. The second skin is translucent, allowing natural light to flood the interior spaces.



Abu Dhabi - U.A.E.