noah modern ark

On 2modern‘s design talk today, I talked about a fascinating architectural project in New Orleans. I just HAD to share it here too.

NOAH, {New Orleans Arcology Habitat} is a 30 million square foot GINORMOUS building that will float on the Mississippi river. Arcology, is an off spring of architecture and ecology, essentially a mega city housing a vast population. This pyramidal hyper-structure is part of the rebuilding of New Orleans and intends to promote sustainable and green living within itself. It will be encompass 20,000 residential units  1,500 timeshares, 3 hotels, parking for 8,000 cars, cultural spaces, public works, schools, an administrative office, and a health care facility.





NOAH has been specifically designed to withstand the hurricanes that the area is susceptible to. The  floating base and open wall architecture allow severe weather winds to blow through the structure and minimize passing interference. Eco-friendly elements include secured wind turbines, fresh water recovery and storage systems, a passive glazing system, sky garden heating/cooling vents, grey water treatment, solar array banding panels, and river based water turbines.

HOW FREAKING AMAZING IS THAT? I wonder how long it will take from start to finish. Oh and how long it will take the UAE to build a similar one? 😉


  1. OMG! the Eco-friendly Mega-City will float on the Missisipi????? I had to read your entire post twice Manvi, it is incredible!! and not to mention, soooo cool!!! thank you and thank you for posting about such an intersting project! I too can’t wait to see it come to life!

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