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EARTH BASE
THE EARTH BASE IS CONCEIVED AS AN UNDERGROUND FACILITY SITUATED IN LLEIDA, IN CATALONIA. THE BASE WILL TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THE AREA AS AN ALREADY EXISTING TOURISTIC DESTINATION. LLEIDA IS A NOT VERY MUCH POPULATED AREA, BUT IT IS VERY GOOD CONNECTED TO A MAIN EUROPEAN CITY WITH ALL THE CULTURAL AND LEISURE INFRASTRUCTURE (1 HOUR BY HIGH SPEED TRAIN). LLEIDA IS ALSO DESTINATION FOR SPORT TOURISM SUCH AS SKI AND RISK SPORTS.
THE BASE IS DEVELOPED TO HOUSE A LEISURE AND ACCOMMODATION PROGRAM WITH AROUND 50 ROOMS WITH RESTAURANTS, CAFETERIAS, SPA AND WELLNESS CENTER AND CONVENTION CENTER. IT IS PLACED IN THE MIDDLE OF THE NATURE AND SOME SPORTS FACILITIES WILL RELATE THE COMPLEX WITH THE EXISTING LANDSCAPE SUCH AS TENNIS COURTS AND A GOLF COURSE STARTING IN THE FACILITY. THE TECHNICAL PART OF THE GROUND BASE WILL HOUSE THE HANGAR FOR THE MODULES WITH ALL THE PROCESSING ROOMS NEEDED FOR THE MAINTENANCE OF THE PRESSURIZED MODULES AND THE BALLOONS. IT WILL BE CONNECTED BY ROAD TO THE MAIN HIGH SPEED ROADS GOING FROM BARCELONA TO ZARAGOZA AND MADRID. IT WILL BE OBVIOUSLY REACHABLE BY AIR, AND A PERMANENT SIKORSKY S64 HELICOPTER WILL BE BASED THERE TO GO AND SEARCH FOR THE MODULES AT THEIR DESCENT.

GS06-GSNS-CONCEPT Model (1)

THE BASE CONCEPT IS THAT OF A NATURAL LANDSCAPE THAT IS MODIFIED, BY A FALLING WATER DROP. IN THE RESULTING ONDULATIONS OF THE SURFACE, SEVERAL ROOF LEVELS AND SKYLIGHTS ARE CREATED THAT ALLOW THE LIGHT INTO THE UNDERGROUND FACILITIES. SEVERAL PATIOS ALSO PROVIDE VENTILATION AND ILLUMINATION TO THE ROOM AREAS. THE ROOF IS THEN AN ONDULATING LANDSCAPE WITH VEGETATION SUCH AS LOCAL FRUIT TREES.

GS06-GSNS-CONCEPT Model (1)

THE PRESSURIZED MODULES ARE PROCESSED IN THE TECHNICAL AREAS, PARTIALLY UNDERGROUND, AND THEN THEY ARE CARRIED THROUGH TUNNELS TO THE MIDDLE OF THE SITE WHERE AN ELEVATOR BRINGS THEM TO THEIR LAUNCH POINT, SEVERAL METERS ABOVE THE ROOFS.

GS06-GSNS-CONCEPT Model (1)

FROM THAT POINT THE BALLOON IS CONNECTED AND LAY DOWN THROUGH AN OPEN AIR CORRIDOR SIDE TO THE TECHNICAL AREA. WHEN THE HELIUM IS INTRODUCED, THE BALLOON STARTS TO INFLATE AND WITH THE SUFFICIENT VOLUME, IT STARTS TO ELEVATE. THE PRESSURIZED CABIN IS THEN RELEASED AND TAKES OFF. THE HELIUM EXPANDS INSIDE THE BALLOON AND THE CAPSULE ASCENDS AND FINALLY GETS INVISIBLE TO THE EYE. THE ADVENTURE IS JUST STARTED.

GS06-GSNS-CONCEPT Model (1)