Check Out the Real Ark Featured in ‘Noah’

Director Darren Aronofsky and his crew spent more than a year designing and constructing a three-deck ark for his epic new film starring Russell Crowe, Jennifer Connelly and Emma Watson.

Ark Exterior From 'Noah'

Photo Copyright Paramount Pictures Exterior of the ark featured in Noah, directed by Darren Aronofsky and starring Russell Crowe, Jennifer Connelly and Emma Watson.

As if bringing the epic Biblical tale of Noah’s Ask to the screen wasn’t an ambitious enough project on its own, director Darren Aronofsky (Black Swan, Requiem for a Dream) and his crew took it one step further: They built a real, three-deck ark to use during filming of Noah, which premieres this Friday, March 28.

Aronofsky attempted to build the ark as described by the Bible, and the finished product is rather different from the ship-like interpretations most of us are accustomed to. “It basically describes a box. It doesn’t talk about a bow; it doesn’t have to navigate,” the director said. “It wasn’t like Noah was trying to take the ship anywhere. It basically has to survive the flood.”

Ark Interior From 'Noah'

Photo Copyright Paramount Pictures Inside the ark featured in Noah, directed by Darren Aronofsky and starring Russell Crowe, Jennifer Connelly and Emma Watson.

The exterior set is 55 feet tall, 85 feet wide and 165 feet long – though for the film, it was extended digitally to 500 feet long. The interior set was designed to match the proportions of the exterior. Production designer Mark Friedberg said the “rough and rugged” craft of the ark is meant to convey the sense of urgency for building the vessel. “People are really working quickly to make something so that they can survive,” he said.

Watch the video below to hear the cast and crew of Noah talk more about the building of the ark. Plus, visit the online Ark Experience to interactively explore the three decks of the ark.

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