In a future that may be rocked by natural disasters brought about by a changing climate, it may be a very good idea to have a disaster-resistant house. Though it may not be built anytime too soon, Hong Kong-based architecture firm 10design envisions a futuristic response to catastrophe in its lofted, Kevlar-coated house that can adapt to extreme weather by retracting into the ground, as this video shows:
Using climate sensors, this house is designed to be attuned to any environmental changes around it. At the first sign of trouble, it uses hydraulic levers to conceal itself into the ground and out of nature's wrath. The roof can then seal itself to be wind and waterproof, and the structure is designed to stay there until the sensors say it's safe to emerge again.
Ted Givens of 10 Design comments on some of the house's features on Co. Design:
1) The streamlined shape is the first redundant system - [the] house can easily withstand 150 mph plus winds if for some reason the house can’t collapse. The geometry is inspired by sailboats and keeps the structure lighter and stronger.
2) Second redundant safety system is a pod on the lower right side of the image. If the water seals beaks residents can stay in the house or the second pod.
3) The complexity is somewhere between a garage door, mechanic’s lift, and a surf board. Mass production would keep the pricing close to that of a mobile home.
10 Design envisages whole neighborhoods constructed as a networked series of these weather-sensitive pods, which can all hunker down until things blow over. “The tornadoes and storms can burn and blow with all their fury while the suburb safely sleeps,” says Givens. Lovely renderings aside, we may see an actual prototype soon, as the firm is now currently collaborating with ship builders in Africa and the United States to turn this intriguing idea into reality.