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the ark by Raven30412 the ark by Raven30412
Here's an architectural project for change.

The assignment was to create a "Human pavilion" for Prague Zoo in Troja, a new not-too-big building in the very end of the Zoo, on the slope of Troja Rock. It should work as a new entrance, tea room for 40 people, bike deposit, and the rest was up to us. We had to focus on the relation between humans and animals, human and nature. Kind of philosophical stuff this time :)

Sorry for the bit dull presentation layout, I don't really have strength for experimenting more. At the end of this article is link to the original presentation.

About my concept:

TODAY'S ZOO IS LIKE NOAH'S ARK: DEVICE CREATED BY HUMANS TO SAVE ENDANGERED SPECIES AND THEMSELVES AS WELL.

Structure as a symbol
The shape of the noah's ark is generally understood to be a symbol and archetype of both ship and safe home. It is the archetype of the place where humans and animals lived together in order to survive and save the nature.

The human pavilion is located on the border between the realm of humans and animals, between water and rock. The old ark seems to have shipwrecked on Troja Rock long time ago, bringing animals to a new place to live. Rediscovered and transformed into living pavilion of human, the ark reminds us today that humankind and beasts are still "on one boat" - dependent on each other.

Historical context
The shape of ship refers also to the history of the place choosen for the building. Formerly, the next-to-river path was called "Šífárna", where ships used to be hauled upstream. Ships are therefore a part of genius loci.

Structure as a toy
The ship-shaped building should instigate imagination of children, the typical zoo visitors, inviting them to play and to discover, giving them and their parents an easy to remember place for rest on the most distant place in zoo. When parents ask then whether they want to have lunch in a restaurant or on the ship, the decision will be quick. This will support business developement int this spectacular location that has not been discovered by public yet.

Universal human space
The concpet of the ark interior is to make universal place, allowing for enjoyable stay and rest. Due to limited space, it was decided to extend the tea room to the whole space. On the top of that, the ark ends up with a huge window into slope garden which can be opened when wather allows. The zoo itself is then just "upstairs".

Execution
The construction is made of wood, a perfect material for this purpose and is widely used throughout the zoo. Wreck-like construction greatly links the functional and practical interior inside to the nature outside. The inner part of structure frame is made of simple wooden beams nad columns, while the outer part is mostly made of glued flexed beams. The gued flexed beam factory is located in the Uhrivneves village, the very vicinity of the site, hence the transportation costs are reasonable.


This display is done for deviantart, the original presentation (with much more stuff) is here: [link]
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JXZ Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2009  Professional General Artist
Very, nice. A great unique eco-adaptive idea. I like it. The theme and design just fit all together.
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Maverick18x Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2009
as a christian, this makes total sense. great concept.
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Raven30412 Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2009
To me it give sense even when I'm atheist -> symbolism is obvious no matter what you believe in. glad you like it mate:)
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Maverick18x Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2009
understood. it's awesome. makes me wonder if a zoo like this exists anywhere… i can just imagine what it might be like to walk up a big wooden ramp into the ark.
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sulexes Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2009
Genious!
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Raven30412 Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2009
not at all, but thanks a lot :)
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sulexes Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2009
hah.
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mat3jko Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2009
tyyy jo,, ty ses teda blazen ;)) ako napad se mi to hodne libi,, netradicni, odvazni ;) supr!
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Raven30412 Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2009
dik dik :)
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mat3jko Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2009
moja priatelka ide studovat architekturu ;) a bola nadsena tymto tu ;)
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Raven30412 Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2009
:) tak ze ji pozdravuju! :D
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:iconmat3jko:
mat3jko Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2009
jo jo odkazu ;)
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wogyac Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2009
ty ses blazen :) moc libi
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donopunk Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2009  Professional Interface Designer
great concept. The only thing i have to say is that it would be nice if the form of the builder were not as literal. I think an abstraction of a boat would be better than what looks like an actual frame of a boat. great work.
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Raven30412 Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2009
thanks... yeah, we had a lot of discussion in the atelier about how literal / abstract should the frame be, and I decided to do it actually very literal. The reason is that it's a building for zoo, which is, let's be honest, kind of lunapark with majority of kids visitors, and one of the main concepts was the toy-structure thing... If it wouldn't be for zoo, I would definetely do it much more abstract, or perhaps even not at all ship-like looking, but here, and for the kind of visitors it's done for, I think this would work well. And if not, at least it was a conscious decision:) thanks for the comment mate.
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donopunk Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2009  Professional Interface Designer
that makes sense, the design has to be such that the viewers understand it. I think it works well in the context.
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smo-king-killz Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2009
insane.....nice depth of thought
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Raven30412 Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2009
thank you
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Dyson247 Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2009
stunning! .+fav:
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B-positive Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2009
wow :)

love this man, well done...
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Raven30412 Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2009
:) glad you like it mate!
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Glomm Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2009  Professional General Artist
Ty jo ty kazdou chvili delas lepsi a lepsi veci :-) , Od tebe bych si nechal postavit knihovnu :-D ;).
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Raven30412 Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2009
nech si odeme v budoucnu postavit svuj dum, to bude uplne stacit :D
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Glomm Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2009  Professional General Artist
No to bych mohl ale abych na to nesetril cely svuj zivot :-D
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Raven30412 Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2009
rozpocet je vzdy na investorovi, ne na architektovi, ten se musi prizpusobit:)
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C-is-for-Cat Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2009
omg... that's crazy!!
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meggert Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2009  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Do you do this jobwise?
Are the stairs hanged with these strings?

Looks very good :)
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Raven30412 Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2009
you mean if it was a job for a client? no, it was international arch. student contest project. Yep, they are, at least the interior part is.

thanks :)
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meggert Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2009  Hobbyist Interface Designer
thanks :) very nice :D
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northcoaster Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2009  Professional Interface Designer
great idea and concept. exceptional work. i'm looking forward for the next in 4 month :)
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Cmugy Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2009
já to říkám furt...:-D
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schakalwal Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
great
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Silence-sk Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2009  Student Interface Designer
tak toto je perfektné
síce som laik do architektúry ale myslím si, že máš na to nejaké vrodené vlohy :-)
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Raven30412 Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2009
diky :)
tak v techto oborech to bez vrozenych vloh asi vubec ani nejde... Ale obavam se ze v mem pripade buh setril :/ Dohanim to nechutnym podilem prace a premysleni :D
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Silence-sk Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2009  Student Interface Designer
heh
ale vidim ze to zvladas dohanat :-)
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Shady-AU Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2009
damn bro

nice idea
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mD-06 Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2009  Professional Interface Designer
awesome work
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aeroVolce Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2009
Slick! I like the concept of Noah's ark.
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CTRLgs Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2009
You have too much talent.
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Raven30412 Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2009
you're too kind
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CTRLgs Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2009
I've been told too honest.
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draftwave Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2009
this is amazing project
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Raven30412 Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2009
thanks :)
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Raven30412 Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2009
cheers
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notbland Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2009  Professional Photographer
...Well this came out of nowhere.

Epic idea you've got here. It'd be even crazier to see it fully realized.

I suggest posting more architectural work. You've clearly got a talent for it. :)
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Raven30412 Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2009
haha thanks. well I'm posting all the architectural work I do, but this took me about 4 - 5 months... The next project will be done in about 4 months again :)
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notbland Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2009  Professional Photographer
Yeah, I know how that is. The last year of college, I hardly saw any of my architecture friends; they were all living in the studio. =P
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Raven30412 Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2009
haha, yeah I see it works the same everywhere :D
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3o6k0 Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2009
Great architecture.I love it! :thumbsup::)
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