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Massive safe-like house built in Poland to protect against the apocalypse



Open mode: The Safe House, on the outskirts of Warsaw, Poland, is the ultimate in secure design. At the touch of a number of buttons, the whole building shuts into a concrete cube.

Worried about an apocalypse, zombies or merely unwanted summer guests? The ‘Safe House’ may be right up your street.

We all know about a panic room, but a team of architects literally thought inside the box to come up with the ultimate safety zone for anyone harbouring apocalyptic thoughts.

The Safe House, built on the outskirts of Warsaw, Poland, is about as secure as any above-ground home will ever be – at the touch of a selection of buttons the house closes into an impregnable concrete cube.

Doors and windows are sealed from the outside world using powerful concrete panels, and the only way to get in our out once the place has been shut up is via a second-floor entrance protected by a rising drawbridge.

Rather redundantly, the property is also surrounded by a wall.

Polish architectural firm KWK Promes, the architects behind the design, wrote on its website: ‘The most essential item for our clients was acquiring the feeling of maximum security.’

Anyone still feeling threatened after the Safe House closes up might want to think about professional help.

Closed mode: Concrete panels and roller doors seal all the windows and entrances until the house is no longer recognisable, and is about as secure as an above-ground home is likely to be.

The fortress effect is achieved by a series of moving walls and shutters. In ‘open’ mode, concrete slabs either swing or slide out to reveal windows and doorways that let in a remarkable amount of light.

When closing, metal shutters provide additional security.

And there’s no reason to sacrifice comfort for security – the design features all the mod-cons and everything that a reclusive family may desire.

The architects don’t reveal how long it takes for the entire property to clam up (presumably for security reasons), nor do they reveal what happens if the whole thing malfunctions and the cube becomes a well-appointed tomb.

In that event, there’s undoubtedly plenty of storage space for food and water.

And... er, a wall: Just in case their clients were feeling too exposed in an impregnable concrete cube, KWK Promes also added a massive compound wall to the property, which can also be electronically sealed compound.

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3 Responses to " Massive safe-like house built in Poland to protect against the apocalypse "

  1. So, is this supposed to appeal to Osama bin Laden’s successor? Memo to buyers: we have weapons which can destroy such a house. Really, safety against crime ought to be a separate issue from natural hazards.

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  2. Eddie Belgium says:

    What about the power supply?

    8-O locked in and tsjernobyl/fukuchima is hit again…

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  3. Love it. Perfect for that zombie appocalypse. Although a little more product design blend between the functional and human element would have been nice. Even zombies have needs when they are rampaging for your brain.

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