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You're getting close to non-Euclidean architecture. Build R'lyeh and they will come.
that is awesome can't wait to try one... very very cool
Cool look, but I'm a bit lost as to what "thermal water energy" actually means. Is the hull going to act as one half of an air-water heat exchanger? Also, the shape of the greenhouse doesn't intuitively seem to encourage an eddy that'll push air into the top-mounted turbine intake. Interesting design, but a bit of a headscratcher.
From the architect's site: The structural solidity is provided by compression behavior of the timber arches and tension behavior of the steel ropes. The framework is covered by a special foil made of Ethyl TetraFluoroEthylene (ETFE). It is a strong highly transparent foil, self-cleaning, recyclable, more durable, more economical and lighter than glass. The foil itself is fixed to the framework by special metal profiles, which serve at the same time as solar collectors for water heating and as gutters intended for collecting rainwater from the roof surface.
From the architect's site: It's a cupola building with a central bearing in a form of a tube with all engineering communications passing inside it. Such a form permits to attain an optimum relationship between the building's volume and its outer surface, which gives a substantial saving of materials and produces effective energy usage. Prefabricated frame permits to erect such buildings quickly.
From the architect's site: The building makes a single energy system. The form of the cupola assists to create an air-eddy at the outer surface around the central bearing, where the wind power generator and tornado generator are placed. The form of the building is convenient for placing on it the photoelectric cells at a necessary angle to the Sun. The form of the cupola assists to agglomeration of the warmed air in the upper part. This heat is collected in seasonal heat accumulators, in electric and hydrogen accumulators, in order to provide an uninterrupted energy supply for the whole complex in spite of the outer environment conditions. The heat from surrounding environment, the outer air, water or ground, is also used. The building can produce extra power for supplying adjacent houses and "green" transport means.
From the architect's site: The building could be constructed in different climatic zones and in seismically dangerous regions, because the structure of the basement represents a shell without any ledges or angles. A stressed structure of arches and ropes permits to distribute load along the whole bulk in case of earthquake.
From the architect's site: The structure of the building permits it to float in case of water leveling up in the World Ocean, to keep afloat and exist autonomously on the surface of the water. All the wastes are utilized inside the building by methods of explosion boiling up and oxygen-free pyrolysis.
And finally: Planting of greenery - that's the next step in creating a bioclimatic building. 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. The triple height illuminated space permits to create well-lit places at any time of day. Through the transparent roof there is enough light penetrating for plants and for illuminating the inner rooms. The balconies serve as a way of communication and a recreation place. The building has free lay-out and might easily be adapted to different functions as the time goes.
Erm, I already read all that from the design blog (except for the last greenery blurb). I get the materials efficiency bit, the bit about the designer claiming the solar panels are optimally positioned, and the bit about energy storage. The text you copied here doesn't address my question about how the shape of the cupola directs air towards the top-mounted turbine, unless the air is directed into the atrium to blow at the central column and up through the turbine, but that seems less-than-intelligent if you want the atrium to be comfortable for residents.

Aesthetically, it's quite pretty, and the designer has lofty energy ideas, but his energy "explanations" don't really explain anything. Then again, it doesn't help that English isn't his first language.
Oau, ce-i chestia asta? foarte tare, chiar exista?, oare ce preturi au la acest hotel?
Shipbuilding's been going on for centuries. No one ever could or would build this thing. Carnival Cruise Lines has enough trouble staying afloat. One well placed torpedo would sink it and it'd cost more than the space station. Yes it's self sustaining but what about pirates. It wouldn't fit in a bay or harbor. How do you propose to anchor it? It's got to have security if it's attacked, assuming it doesn't run aground or get hit by an iceberg. I'll stick to Captain Stubing's Love Boat. Just as an architect's drawing however, for sure, you couldn't put a price on it! I've read Ayn Rand, Morgaine. Atlas Shrugged and The Fountainhead are where your crazy ideas come from. You remind of her too in a strange way. So sign me up or count me in then Captain Le Faye because I loved the books with a passion as well as their author. We'll Start with a scale model........see if it sinks or I suffocate after two weeks.
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