Zombie-proof house is a modern fortress
Concrete dwelling with movable walls and a drawbridge probably would protect against tornadoes and hurricanes, too.
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.
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?
Can it protect you from the Flood, I wonder? Lmao.
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...
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.
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.
About Teresa Mears
Teresa Mears is a veteran journalist who has been interested in houses since her father took her to tax auctions to carry the cash at age 10. A former editor of The Miami Herald's Home & Design section, she lives in South Florida where, in addition to writing about real estate, she publishes Miami on the Cheap to help her neighbors adjust to the loss of 60% of their property value.