May 24, 2015
The ‘Black Gold Project’ repurposes mega oil-tankers for land-based uses. High rise developments, airports, science and technology centers, universities, chain hotels, shopping malls, and museums now fill the deserts of the southern gulf region. The unprecedented financial boom of some Arab states has caused the area great wealth, and with it an ever-increasing amount of cultural criticism and aversion towards examples of some of the world’s most unconsidered, pretentious architecture.
Organization of interior storage volumes and tanks provide nearly infinite possibilities for adaptations and functional applications. Double steel walls are able to facilitate a sustainable climate suited for either short or long visits. The enormous base area is able to accommodate huge-events, and the interior height makes it possible to stack multiple open or closed volumes within. Possible uses include museums, cultural exhibitions, shopping, or if properly adapted, long-term residences. Above, the renovated deck can provide scenic views and plenty of space for visitors to walk and socialize.
Submitted by: Crystal