Chris Collaris, in collaboration with Ruben Esser, Sander Bakker, and Patrick van der Gronde, recently unveiled the Black Gold project: a vision for turning an oil tanker into a mixed-use structure in the Southern Gulf Region.
They believe that the oil tanker is the “perfect icon” for representing “the geographic, economic and cultural history of the Arabic oil states” – an icon which they predict will become more and more obsolete as the supply of crude oil is moved from shipping and into pipe infrastructure.
The clear structure of storage tanks within the ship’s volume creates possibilities for adaptation of new interior functional uses. The double steel walls are able to facilitate a sustainable climatic façade for the vessel, which makes the internal climate convenient for ship visits and short stays. The enormous base floor area accommodates a highly flexible potential for large scale event-based uses. Places for longer stays or exceptional acoustic demands can easily be accommodated in extra box structures within the vessels’ body.