Zombie-proof house is a modern fortress

Concrete dwelling with movable walls and a drawbridge probably would protect against tornadoes and hurricanes, too.

By Teresa at MSN Real Estate Jun 2, 2011 11:11AM

Safe House designed by KWK Promes (© KWK Promes)We've written about why you're unlikely to get a tornado-proof house. But you can get a house that protects you against another scary peril: zombies.


That's right. An architect in Poland designed and built a zombie-proof house.

We hadn't realized anyone was actually looking for a zombie-proof house, though Mai Ling did write previously about a zombie-proof safe room.


Perhaps interest in protection from zombies has risen since the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention last month warned Americans to prepare for a zombie apocalypse.


Depending on exactly how it's constructed, it looks as though the zombie-proof house would provide excellent protection against hurricanes and tornadoes. If you like modern architecture, it's very attractive, with walls of windows — you close those with movable walls if there is a chance of zombies — and an open floor plan.


The 6,100-square house is on the outskirts of Warsaw and was built between 2005 and 2009 for a client who wanted the ultimate in security. You can see floor plans and read some of the specs at architect Robert Konieczny's website. Click on "Safe House." The pictures are larger and easier to see at All That Is Interesting.


We're not sure who decided that "Safe" was also "zombie-proof," but we're willing to wager the owners will never succumb to zombie attack. We also couldn't find any information about the cost to build the home.

Despite living for years in a city where voodoo is routinely practiced and dead chickens are reportedly left on the courthouse steps as offerings to the Santeria gods for a good legal outcome, I had never given much thought to protection from zombies.


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So what makes a house zombie-proof? It appears that you want to avoid the zombies entirely because they may eat your brains or bite you and give you a virus. That's when a concrete house with a drawbridge comes in handy. Apparently zombies, unlike ghosts, cannot go through walls.

While the house is likely to provide protection from myriad perils, some commenters at Digg weren't sure it would be 100% zombie-proof.


Wrote "Kyoung246":

Concern #1: How quickly do the walls close in? I wouldn't want to be sitting there behind an all-glass wall waiting anxiously for the concrete walls to fold in while "Zombieland/I Am Legend" zombies raced toward me. 

Concern #2: One entrance? With a house like that, it would probably be a good idea to have a very secure back door, maybe one that only opens from the inside. If, heaven forbid, zombies (or other undesirable creatures) were to breach the front door, I'd want a backup plan.

What do you think? Is this house zombie-proof enough for you?


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Jul 31, 2012 5:49AM



Nov 30, 2011 10:12AM
 hey microraptor

How you know it cost $400,000? Where does this article say how much it cost?Confused Confused
Jun 4, 2011 8:10AM

Zombie-Proof, eh?
Can it protect you from the Flood, I wonder? Lmao.

Jun 4, 2011 7:33AM
haha ok u ppl been playin black ops 2 much lmao , N wellrusted r u nuts just cuz u think ur gd at black ops its a freakin video game not real life so wtf u thinkin (has it been tested) seriously would u really wanna test this theory ? , like really if it's bound 2 happend n if it happends it happends n the world deals bout it but...2 want that 2 happen HELL NO of course a normal minded person would most defaintly not want it 2 happen rite ?
Jun 4, 2011 7:13AM
And then an earthquake hits and the whole building collapses... 
Jun 4, 2011 6:55AM
hmmm its totally set up for a passive siege needs upper story windows ...a weight on a rope would ...brain a few zombies...
Jun 4, 2011 6:13AM

Lets forget about zombies and looters for a moment. As much as I like this house, it's got one huge flaw. That big roll-up door in the back of the house. From looking at the pictures, it looks like all you would need to get inside is two ladders to get over the wall and a gas powered chop saw. Roofers use them all the time. So do firefighters...to cut through steel roll-up doors. Remember, if someone wants in bad enough...

Jun 4, 2011 6:05AM
@ reason84....where did I bring up the other stuff you are talking about... Just having alittle fun and you BLAST me... I feel sorry for you dude. Take a freaking chill pill. Maybe you need the jacket.  :o)
Jun 4, 2011 5:56AM
Has it been tested? How do we really know that it is Zombie proof?
Jun 4, 2011 5:51AM
Jun 4, 2011 5:19AM

Aside from the zombies attacking your home there are real threats and some people have deep seeded fears. The part that surprises me in reading some of the comments posted here as always is the many people who have taken the article for truth. News Line!! “zombie proof home” yes this line sells the article but I hope most know this is not a true statement. Also in the article the writer speaks of voodoo rituals taking place, and missing from it is other real threats of that geographical area both natural and human. I am also surprised at many of the commenter’s thoughts that the home is flawed and without certain features like a second entrance or lack of being able to pose a defense. If I had the desire, money, and ultimately the need to build a home like this, I would also be smart enough not to reveal every detail to the public. I would also be smart enough to know that a home like this will attract attention so let’s get the media out here and have some fun, kill the curious George types with their interest about the house and only hand out the information and specifications I choose. Tell someone there is a tunnel leading to a second entrance and people will be looking for it. Tell people you have openings for firearms and pop up missile launchers then you will have people checking you out with binoculars. Personally if a home like this is/was needed I would move. After all you can’t stay home for ever and the safety is over once you exit the home.


                     Just looked at the pictures on the linked site. Looks like there are many entrances and exits unless it has been secured and then only one entrance (That we know of) via drawbridge. The weak spot is the giant roll up door.   

Jun 4, 2011 5:13AM
utter freaking nonsence and overkill, not to mention the fact that if there were a zombie apoc, which I hightly doubt is possible, what would keep the builder of this home from turning into one himself? come on people get lives will you?
Jun 4, 2011 4:14AM
The article doesn't say anything about offensive capabilities. Where are the gun turrets? The flame throwers? Do the eventual inmates even have firearms? Because if they don't, and the zombies can't get in, neither can those inside get out. Doomed by narrow -mindedness.
Jun 4, 2011 2:49AM
I'm thinking just about any home could be made zombie proof, the trick is to have enough supplies (food and water) to stay alive during the zombie siege.
Jun 4, 2011 2:41AM
@ snowdog...if people are going to buy the "God/angels/demons/g​hosts" package (which MILLIONS do), they might as well buy the zombie package as well ;)  Funny how if you think there are really zombies, then "you're nuts", but if you believe in some invisible figure that magically "loves" and "judges" you both at the same time, then it's all good and respectable...  Dohhhhhhhhkay ;)
Jun 4, 2011 2:35AM
We have been aware of the zombie problem for years down here on the gulf coast.  The books and movies have it wrong though.  They don't wander around at night.  But they do roam the outlet malls and the buffets with senior citizen discounts, and they are usually fed and gone before six in the evening.  And they drive!  Sometimes as fast as 40 mph!  Some things the movies do have right...they walk really slow and drop body parts, usually their teeth.  But they pick them up and put them right back in.  Really weird.   Scariest part is if they corner you!  They will try to force you to look at pictures!  "Grandchildren" is what they keep repeating when they try to drive you insane with all those pictures!     Anyway, be safe out there and God forbid, dont let them corner you with those pictures!
Jun 4, 2011 2:06AM

The home is a good start for a prototype, but you need to consider more than just a safe haven. An underground tunnel leading from the house to another secure bunker is a must. YOu GOTTA have a back-up plan in case there's a security breach. The tunnel should provide access not only for escape, but also provide ways to get in and out of the house should the need to procure supplies becomes necessary. One front door is not enough. Needless to say, then you have to factor in armored vehicles or off-road monsters as modes of transport. You'll need an underground garage for those as well, not to mention loads of fuel.


A deep moat surrounding the house would also be a good idea. I don't think zombies like water much.



Jun 3, 2011 10:53PM
Well everyone has a fear of something. So this person has a fear of zombies, nothing wrong with that. Smile
Jun 3, 2011 10:45PM
Here's an idea, along with your kit. A safe place would be a maximum security prison. Prentty of steel and cement, between you and the zombies. Light the inside of the place with makeshift candlelights. There's no windows on the outside of the building. Oh and make sure your in shape, meaning that you are able to lift youself with one arm. I'm sure our US military has tons of information on that.
Jun 3, 2011 10:25PM
That is an interesting house to build. A book I read covers some stuff for a zombie survival. The zombie survival guide by Max Brooks, is not up to date will all forms of modern technology but this guide covers a lot and the most likely problems to survive the zombie apocalypse. So do they have a separate power system and waste disposal that can work if the city power go down? Can you repair any of the important parts easily? What about people coming to your house. People fleeing form zombies will look for a safe haven and this house is one they will try to get in to escape either by force or begging. There is a lot to prepare to be zombie disaster. there is also the matter of food and the ablilty to ame your own food. Take a look at Max Brooks book to check if it is really zombie proof.
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