Throughout time, people have depended on land to survive and thrive. It has provided a place to flourish, grow crops and build civilizations. However, it has also been a place neck deep in crisis; through natural disasters, earthquakes, wars and famine.  Through the world’s known and chronicled history, people have utilized significantly less than 25 percent of this planet's surface if you take into consideration the habitable land that people are dependent on.  Moreover, more of the earth's civilizations are localized on its coastlines today, which pose additional problems, such as rising sea levels. As the global population continues to grow exponentially, it will become increasingly difficult to live. Therefore, we at OpDes Architecture are convinced that the most feasible solution to the myriad pressing issues is to advance civilization into the oceans.

With overcrowding cities, mercurial changes in weather and three quarters of the earth submerged in water - the need for buildings that are mobile, seaworthy and capable of avoiding natural disasters has never been so urgent. Through the creation of these types of buildings, OpDes Architecture is leading the way to ensure the safety of the public and ultimately, civilization itself. The old paradigm of designing static buildings has now changed to provide people with a feasible sea-based alternative.  As the flagship building system of OpDes Architecture, NOAH (Nautical Oceanic Architectural Highrise) marks the next stage of evolution in the fascinating world of architecture.

The birth of NOAH was ensconced in a vision where an energy independent sea worthy city is the manifestation of a new and enlightened era.  Its design exemplifies a new methodology with an emphasis on active and passive systems as well as innovative technologies that enhance the performance and survivability of a civilization. This concept is driven by our mission to provide energy independence to change the model of civilization from a land-based society to a water-based society.  The reason behind this philosophy is to establish the traits required to pioneer a cultural divergence from land.  Divergence, a principle within the OpDes theory, is nature’s tendency towards self-improvement.  Therefore, for an organism to be self-sufficient and take care of its own survival, it needs to break away from its parent constituent - in this case, the land-based resources of civilization.   Divergence is necessary for technological innovation and for the intensive reinvestment into new and better ways of living.  It leads to disruptive technologies and systems that are necessary to change the current conditions. The nature around us presents a mountain of evidence concerning innovation and evolution.  Yet, with NOAH, civilization has moved on to the next stage in the evolutionary process.

NOAH is an innovative system wherein its basis of design is to be a contained, independent and divergent architectural body that is capable of being entirely self-sustained within a mobile seafaring environment, or a “Closed-Loop” mobile civilization.

A key component of NOAH's Closed-Loop technologies is its WES (Wind Energy System) - a 360-degree rotatable wind energy extraction device primarily used to convert wind energy into electrical energy.   Located atop the COC (Command Operations Center), it is specially configured for NOAH's energy grid and is shaped to enhance wind extraction characteristics in an oceanic environment.  In addition, NOAH features an array of additional systems called the SVATS (Supplemental Vertical Axial Turbine System).  When taken in unison, both systems can adequately meet the energy demands of NOAH facilities.  Creating the programmatic requirements for a Closed-Loop System designed for the perpetual independence of thousands of people entails the usage of specific parameters of Divergence. These parameters are dictated by usage characteristics and specified by the demands related to energy, water, food and all other resources necessary for the survival and progress of a society. 

The basis of NOAH was derived by OpDes Architecture to address three critical issues.

The aim here is threefold:

  1. Develop a seafaring civilization

  2. Develop a closed-loop technology

  3. Establish independence from terrestrial civilizations


Systems and Technologies:

  • Proprietary



  • Total Height - 811 ft

  • Total Floors - 37

  • Green Gross Area - 2,285,455 ft^2

  • Super Structure Gross Area - 25,682,194 ft^2

  • Hull Gross Area - 56,878,284 ft^2


Active Systems:

  • Variable Pitch Blade Control

  • Night Purge Ventilation

  • Electric Light Motion Control

  • Chemical Emergency Lighting System

  • Fiber Optic Data Network

  • Natural Gas Emergency Power Supply

  • Automated Daylight Reflection System

  • HVAC

  • Proprietary


Passive Systems:

  • Thermal induced natural ventilation

  • Solar Chimney Air Convection

  • Chemically Active Humidity Control

  • Photosynthesis CO2 Reduction

  • Convection Air Circulation

  • Solar Radiation Water Heating System

  • Proprietary

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