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Hillside rotating house that turns into a bunker

Image credit: Villa Vals in Swiss Alps

Darko Savic
Darko Savic Jul 12, 2021
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Imagine a house similar to the one featured on the header photo only built on rails. It would rotate on its axis via an electric motor. The front side would look like in the photo, the backside would be pure concrete or/and stone.

When the house rotates inward and shows its concrete backside it effectively turns into a bunker. A bunker with a view.

Both semi-underground and rotating houses have been done before. I just haven't seen the combination yet. This is very doable.

Although not necessary, the central part could be stationary, hosting the plumbing for the kitchen and bathroom. All other rooms could rotate around the central part. The house could be rotated on demand via an app. There could be an underground backup exit leading from the central part.

People living in such houses could enjoy nature when the conditions are favorable but be protected from extreme climate events like huricanes, storms, heat waves, riots, looting, comet strikes, zombie apocalypse, and so on.



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A house that slides out of a tunnel

Darko Savic
Darko Savic Jul 13, 2021
An alternative could be a rectangular house that slides out of a tunnel on rails. It would be built out of glass, straw or any material that is not suitable for the environment or not suitable for all seasons. It could be just furniture and makeshift walls separating different areas, but no outside walls. So when the platform moves outside, it would feel like living outdoors.

The house would retract back into the tunnel (like a snail) during unfavorable conditions. Its rear wall would double as a blast door that seals the tunnels and turns everything into a bunker.
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Simulated nature when the house is in bunker mode

Darko Savic
Darko Savic Jul 13, 2021
When the house turns inward the terrace faces an internal wall. The wall could be artificially lit with and covered by a vertical garden. Then when you look out the windows or go on the terrace, all you see is greenery.

Something like this, but covering every centimeter.

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Spook Louw
Spook Louw3 years ago
I love the idea of a rotating house, thinking about the possibilities of following the sun as it progresses throughout the day or having different possibilities of views, I think for the purpose of a bunker, a simpler solution might be to have a mechanical cover that can be activated to cover the front of the house when necessary. This cover could even be camouflaged to look like the surrounding area to hide the house/bunker.
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Darko Savic
Darko Savic3 years ago
Spook Louw good point. It takes less material if a huge blast door just slides into place to cover the front, however, the blast door has to be hidden somewhere. If it's the backside of the house, there is no door and everything feels simpler.
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