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estudio arkiz: amazon research network
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mar 19, 2013
estudio arkiz: amazon research network


‘amazon research network’ by estudio arkiz, amazon rainforest, brazil
image © estudio arkiz

 

 

designboom has recently met with the sao paulo-based estudio arkiz team where they shared with us their concept for a new project in the dense
amazon forest. home to over 500 species of mammals, 175 species of lizards, a third of the world’s avian population, and over 30 million types of
insects the rainforest is at a constant need for protection, especially considering the few people there to do so. as a result, forest burning, illegal
lumbering, and biopiracy increasingly threaten the existence of the delicate ecosystem. the solution posited by the brazilian firm is a form of
temporary occupation that takes advantage of the efficient river systems for mobility, leaving virtually zero carbon footprint. the ‘amazon research
network’ is comprised of a fleet of buoyant catamaran-like scientific vessels that could regulate and study several aspects of the intricate environment
while maintaining a presence that would deter criminal activity.

 

the system would work with the cooperation of two components, the mobile research units and the docking stations. the floating research platforms
are made to house a team of 12 members with the appropriate services, accommodations, and six modular laboratories equipped for work in the fields
of biology, geology, meteorology, and zoology. they can also be converted into medical facilities to treat riverside inhabitants. built of light aluminum
and wood members with a sail and rooftop photovoltaic panels, the units are capable of navigating the rivers for up to a week without refueling. the modular
research stations are located at points equidistant from one another, with enough space for larger laboratories and living accommodations for the regular
on-site scientists and guest teams from abroad. they are built of local materials with a canopy covered in solar panels and a biodigester plant that breaks
down solid waste to generate bio-gas that can be used as fuel.

 

 


aerial view
image © estudio arkiz

 

 


image © estudio arkiz

 

 


research station on the shore
image © estudio arkiz

 

 


exterior terrace
image © estudio arkiz

 

 


mobile research unit
image © estudio arkiz

 

 


image © estudio arkiz

 

 


concept diagram

 

 


ventilation diagram

 

 


exploded axonometric

 

 


exploded axonometric

 

 


growth over time with number of mobile units

 

 


elevation

 

 


ventilation diagram

 

 


estudio arkiz architects
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architect alexandre hepner explaining the project
image © designboom

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