Thursday, February 23, 2012

Thursday, February 23, 2012

The Safe House in Poland by KWK PROMES

Group of security officers and their dog, or a fire alarm that tells you within a few miles earlier, but also by the security which covers all parts of your house, it feels much more effective.

The KWK Promes-Designed home, called the Safe House design, is inspired by the horrendous events such as the nuclear disaster in Fukushima power plants on Japan, terrorism, robbery and the devastating tornado outbreak in South America and the Midwest. Feel the lack of security of a home, the architect creates an architectural model of a safe house design that never was before.

With a drawbridge and a variety of mechanical moving parts to operate, these compounds contain 6100-square-foot concrete cube designed by a client whose the main priority is to get a sense of maximum security in their future home. They want to live in essentially Batcave above the land with a swimming pool.

Wide glazings behind the movable walls let the building acquire energy. This house can actually open and close. This means that during the summer, this safe house design can prevent excessive of solar heat to enter the house. And in winter, it can absorb heat energy which is used as energy for heating the room naturally. In addition, heat pumps, solar powered system with gas heating and mechanical ventilation with heat recovery make this house into a smart passive buildings. This happens automatically every day. Open since morning and closed at dusk. This is a safe house design that has a cycle like the plants.

In order to penetrate the Safe House you would need to match all the required security entrance codes. Upon entrance, one would wait in the ‘safety zone’, an area bordered with concrete walls, before being let inside the house. When the home is in its closed state, it is reminiscent of a large concrete Rubik’s Cube. When in its open state, a draw bridge lowers, connecting the home to the indoor swimming pool, movable walls open, mobile shutters come up, and a rolling aluminum gate raises opening the home to an expanse of garden views. The entire home transforms with built in electronic engines, which means the house opens and closes with the touch of a button!

From the architects:

Architect: Robert Konieczny
Collaboration: Marcin Jojko, lukasz Zadrzynski
Interior Design: Magdalena Radalowicz - Zadrzynska
Site Area: 2500m2
Usable Floor Area: 567m2
Volume: 1719m3
Design: 2004-2005
Construction: 2005-2009
Photos: Aleksander Rutkowski

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