Wednesday, 22 February 2012

Noah's Ark

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Yanko design (The DREADCO of the design world) comes to the rescue of future tsunami victims with their New-Age Noah's Ark; a building designed to survive the worst tectonic event because it sits on shock absorbers and in the event of tsunamis "the architecture float on water by buoyancy".

No doubt the architecture dodge wave of water-borne debris crashing down it like a sledge hammer by luckiness.  I hope so because all that hurtling timber and motor cars aren't going to do the Ark's tsunami-driven hydroelectric generators any good at all.

How anyone is supposed to reach this thing in the event of an earthquake is left to the imagination as is the question of what the survivors are supposed to do when they get there because instead of dormitories and medical facilities the Ark consists entirely of a tastefully lit garden and a small art gallery.

This may prove something of a disappointment on the day

1 comment:

eon said...

Of course, the final illustration shows the Gaia-friendly Birkenstockers walking around being impressed with themselves, no doubt while the tsunami washes around outside.

More likely, they'll all be chunky salsa when this thing is ripped free of its hydraulic jacks and thrown a few miles inland. No matter how cool and trendily organic it is on top (witness the designer's Zen babble about "fractionated shape"), the underside looks enough like a Carley Float to behave like one when the ocean comes calling.

The safest place to build this as a tsunami-proof structure? The Painted Desert. Just leave out the skylights.