The Black Gold or How to recycle…oil tanker

Oil Tanker Recycle 1

The unprecedented rosy financial prospects of the Arab states in the Southern Gulf region has led to an incredible amount of new buildings with iconic pretentions. Multiple new high rises, airports, science and technology centres, business schools and universities, hotel chains, shopping malls and museums have been built. In contrast to this gigantic flurry of new buildings, legitimate pretentions of cultural expansion of the Arab states have been discussed and criticized more often. The biggest concern in the newly grounded architectural culture of the post-global cities in the Gulf area can be described as an overdose of pretentious iconic buildings.



For instance, the cleaning of the oil tankers is a difficult task. Oil is a hard substance to remove and when this isn’t done properly it causes serious health risks. Not every oil tanker is suitable for the project. The team analyzes different types of tankers, how old they are, what kind of walls they have and in which way the tankers were handled throughout the years.


The tankers need to be anchored to the shore, which means that Collaris’ team has to consider the strong current and tides. They are working with experts to find potential placement for these tankers in front of the shore, making sure the tankers can hold their position through the changing tides and currents.


The enormous base floor area accommodates a highly flexible potential of big event-based uses. The inside height makes it possible to stack multiple open floor area’s or closed building volumes within the body of the ship. But also big open spaces for museum and cultural exhibition are within the ships’ enormous interior volume potential. Places for longer stay or exceptional acoustic demands can easily be accommodated in extra box structures within the vessels’ body.



Material from Chris Collaris

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