The interest of creating this project was to provoke opposing forces of beauty and darkness – the idea of immersing survivors into their environment of global flooding through an elegant and energetic fusion of floating architecture.
The project has the appearance of a glamorous water cube emerging from billowing cloudscapes to flood location by a hot air dirigible. The Water Capsule is a simple form constructed of highly engineered, gleaming white fiberglass-reinforced panels. The structure folds into a sequence of spaces illuminated by two skylights and a window to the sea below. The project’s overall organization follows the drift of its curving form floating experientially through air and water giving freedom to “one’s” imagination from their loss.
The project’s designer, Jay Stoughtenger, was born in 1975 in New York, USA but currently lives and works in Kuwait. He received a degree in architecture from USA and is a Senior Architect for a progressive office in Kuwait. The designs he develops address urban density and suggest capsule living alternatives which allow him to escape from the reality of his professional practice. Often his designs shifts dramatically – scale with vibrant colors and minimal details, dream-like scenes of the natural world and their inhabitants become an idyllic way of living.
To commemorate the 2013 Skyscraper Competition, eVolo published a collector’s edition of its highly acclaimed book “eVolo Skyscrapers”. The book is a two-volume, 1300-page set with the best 300 projects received during the last years. Only 150 copies are available worldwide.