As Txchnologist contributing editor John Rennie has reported extensively, Zeppelins — or as people in the industry call them, hybrids — are enjoying something of a renaissance as a green alternative for military, cargo and luxury travel purposes. The resurgence of the hybrid is by no means assured, since they don’t fly very fast and they don’t carry a whole lot more cargo than a large helicopter. Where they really excel is in the cool renderings department.
Enter OPEN Architecture, which has provided some of the most creative and beautiful drawings of a hybrid hangar that you’re going to see this year. (h/t Arch Daily)
The firm was asked by China Electronics Technology Group to enter a competition to design a hangar for Maan Mountain in Auhui Province, China, according to Arch Daily. The scale of the project is enormous: the hangar requires clearances of 100 meters by 300 meters by 100 meters to house the massive hybrids.
OPEN, working with engineers CABR, created a structure with an area of 79,500 square meters (about 855,000 square feet). Rather than create a massive corrugated metal structure, the OPEN team created a simulated hill with a green roof dotted by cuts that let in natural light, help with ventilation and manage rainwater.
The structure would be used by for hiking trails, climbing walls and platforms for taking in the scenery. Even if — as seems very likely — the hangar is never built, it is still a remarkable site to behold.