Safe House or Paranoia House?

Are we all prepared for the Zombie Apocalypse? Or even the random house invasion? Despite all the joking about zombies and the fear of home invasions, most people don’t go out of their way to make their personal safety their number priority.The owner of this house is an exception.

KWK Promes, a Polish architecture firm, have created the ultimate safe house. Built in the suburbs of Warsaw, to satisfy their client’s desire for both brightness and safety they created a version of the ‘safe house’.

Located in a beautiful rural setting:

Safe house in context

From the inside, the house seems transparent.

Safe house inside

6100 square feet of living space and an indoor pool.

The indoor pool

From the yard

So far, it looks similar to any number of modern large house around the world. But, this one is different.

Safe house shutting down

It has moveable walls and shutters.

Closing down

And a fucking drawbridge.

All locked down

Lots more pictures here.

From KWK Promes description

The clients’ top priority was to gain the feeling of maximum security in their future house, which determined the building’s outlook and performance. The house took the form of a cuboid in which parts of the exterior walls are movable.

When the house opens up to the garden, eastern and western side walls move towards the exterior fence creating a courtyard.

After crossing the gate one has to wait in this safety zone before being let inside the house. In the same time, there is no risk of children escaping to the street area in an uncontrolled way while playing in the garden.

Even when this house is ‘open’ it is inaccessible without passing through two levels of security – the gates at the road and the wall in the yard. The discussions and descriptions I have read about the house all talk about it’s architectural uniqueness and the safety features. This is certainly a fascinating house. However, in my mind, one question rises above all others – what would prompt someone to build such a house? Is the client a somewhat paranoid upstanding member of society? A politician who’s life has been threatened and who is determined to protect his family at all cost? A criminal overlord who is trying to stay alive until the competition is wiped out? A celebrity hiding from the paparazzi?

We may never know who had this house commissioned, or why. It is certainly difficult to imagine a house better designed to survive a zombie attack.

Unless, of course, you buy an older home.

Castle Keep

Or, if the zombie apocalypse looks like this, you might join in.

After the apocalypse

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