House transforms into safe room


41 Responses to “House transforms into safe room”

  1. Anonymous says:

    2011, and this is as close as we get to Morpheus’s house in “Forbidden Planet”? Now I know why my jet-pack hasn’t been delivered yet.

    • Grumblefish says:

      2011, and this is as close as we get to Morpheus’s house in “Forbidden Planet”?

      Given that that film was set in the 23rd century, we’ve plenty of time to catch up…

      It’s probably a good job your jet pack hasn’t been delivered because we kill enough people travelling at high speed in two dimensions.

  2. dculberson says:

    I’ve seen this movie – now the horror is guaranteed to come from within!! Silly people. They should keep on the move.

  3. folkclarinet says:

    I wonder how long it takes to close up…If we’re talking old-school slow zombies, it probably doesn’t make a big difference, but if they’re the new breed I would want a master button which immediately slams all of the openings shut.

  4. mkultra says:

    Not to be a nit-picker, but as anyone who’s seen enough zombie movies can tell you, there’s no such thing as “zombie-proof”. There’s only “zombie-resistant”.

    • mccrum says:

      True that. Let’s hope they have a garden and access to fresh water. The main problem with zombies is that they don’t get bored and seem willing to just wait until step out to get yourself a Twix or more ammo.

  5. Ilkka says:

    More pics here:

    Some of those show how the front works. The drawbridge is *not* the main entrance, it’s for getting to the pool house.

  6. Jack says:

    Now THIS is the mansion Bin Laden wishes he had!

    Seriously, does that place have a fire-pole or slide to slide down on? I would imagine that would be necessary after hitting the big red button that folds the place up.

  7. Nowhereland Exhibit says:

    This is amazing. I will pay in bottle caps.

  8. Glippiglop says:

    This is pure awesome, I particularly like how the design allows for so much light to enter the property without compromising on its security goals. The bridge is a fantastic idea, as is the swimming pool on top.

    I wouldn’t want to be stuck inside at night under lock-down when a power-cut hit though. It’d be pure darkness inside.

  9. Anonymous says:

    Great tornado-proof building too!

  10. Happyroach says:

    Yeah, very secure. Until the damn thing catches on fire. I’ve already heard enough stories about people with security grills installed burning to death in their homes- this seems to be designed to give the occupants even less of a chance to escape.

    The second major flaw is that one would be living in a house with Brutalism design. Might as well live in a parking garage.

  11. Marky says:

    Nice place, but I’m a little leery of a zombie apocalypse happening any time soon.

    But I have no doubt the roof will leak. Flat roofs suck.

  12. Jupiter12 says:

    That might actually come in handy if you live in areas prone to hurricanes or tornadoes.

  13. Art Carnage says:

    > “Apparently, the only entrance is the retractrable footbridge.”

    Apparently, you didn’t notice the sliding glass door in front. Or read that the footbridge just takes you to the roof, not inside the house.

    • Anonymous says:

      Apparently you didn’t rtfa. The drawbridge crosses the outer wall, and is the only crossing of that wall, to get down to the sliding glass door you’d have to jump off the drawbridge, or over the wall. Neither of which would be possible if the shutter were down.

      • jer says:

        “The drawbridge crosses the outer wall, and is the only crossing of that wall, to get down to the sliding glass door you’d have to jump off the drawbridge, or over the wall. Neither of which would be possible if the shutter were down.”

        Do you really think I couldn’t scale that wall? :)

  14. braininavat says:

    The correct term for this building is ‘Keep’ or ‘Donjon’. When your castle is besieged you usually loose.

  15. semiotix says:

    As a reclusive misanthrope, I love it! My only suggestion would be to replace that flimsy-looking roll down gate with more concrete. Oh, and you can keep the footbridge, but instead of making it retractable, just mine it. Being able to open and close it at will suggests a lack of commitment to the spirit of apocalyptic hermitage.

  16. g0d5m15t4k3 says:

    I’ll take it!

  17. Anonymous says:

    Safe from zombies, perhaps. Safe from house fires? I hope the electric drawbridge has a manual override.

  18. mausium says:

    Reminds me of the house in 13 ghosts, a movie I love to hate, and hate to love.

  19. 5ynic says:

    Sure, it might keep out zombies, but what about velociraptors?
    The drawbridge is looking good, but I’d want to see the thickness of the sheet steel verticals.

  20. urbanhick says:

    I call BS on at least some of this. Look at the clouds in the two photos above – they’re identical. Why photoshop something like this? Does it not really exist? Concept only?

    • dculberson says:

      Uhh, they’re slightly different, actually. Almost as if the photos were taken at roughly the same time, only separated by just enough time for the building to close up half way. Oh!!

      • urbanhick says:

        Drag them into photoshop as layers and change the opacity of the top layer to 50%. They’re identical. Unless that door rolls down in seconds, or there was absolutely no air current in the stratosphere (or wherever that kind of cloud forms), it’s shooped.

        • housewarmer says:

          Rudimentary image analysis fail. The way to visually determine if images if differ is to use the… wait for it… difference calculation.

        • emmdeeaych says:

          That kind of cloud didn’t even exist when these pictures were taken. i demand to see the occupancy certificate.

  21. Anonymous says:

    Barton Myers beat him to it with the steel roll-up doors. His are for fire-protection, but I think they’d work against zombies too.

  22. Anonymous says:

    And when your power fails (be it solar, grid or generator) it transforms into a safe tomb.

    Presumably there’s an emergency hatch, though.

  23. angusm says:

    Will it keep out DevGru/SEAL Team 6? Because if so, I think I know of some potential buyers …

  24. Anonymous says:

    It looks like someplace i’d want to live, as long as it is open, very open/modern design, also drawbridges are always cool.

    If i was rich enough not to know what else to do with my money i’d get a house like this just to satisfy my inner paranoid conspiracy theorist.
    It certainly seems like more of a novelty than anything practical though, since if you can afford it you do not live anywhere you would find it necessary.

  25. emmdeeaych says:

    Is that zero balance dwarf star alloy?

  26. SamSam says:

    It’s very unlikely to be real, given that they provided misleading comparison pictures. The lower image is clearly supposed to be the building “all closed up,” from the same vantage point, but you can see immediately that it’s most likely the same building from the back, or another building all together. Look at the grass and the trees.

    • jimh says:

      RTFA, the photos above are not presented as a comparison in the link. You’re right, the bottom is the view from another side with all the windows closed. The side pictured in the top photo has roll down steel doors.

      • David Pescovitz says:

        I changed the second image to make the comparison more direct. Thanks!

        And yes, JmJ, thanks! Just found out more about the house and so updated my post.

    • Anonymous says:

      I guess I am confused by your comment, the grass and trees look exctly identical… please point ut specifically wht you are talkigabout so that I might have a betterunerstanding of what makes you think that this is either fake, or a different house.


    • SamSam says:

      Woops, I guess David’s choice in pictures was what was (unintentionally) misleading. I should have RTFA. The original article shows the front shutting down.

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