Are you worried about security? Check out the Safe House, in Warsaw, Poland:
“The most essential item for our clients was acquiring the feeling of maximum security,” begins the designers’ website in the summary of the structure.
The house was designed so that the homeowners never feel unsafe or exposed. The result is something of a modern fortress with lots of movable parts and secret openings, complete with a working drawbridge.
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Interesting, but it says a lot about the oweners’ insecurities. More reasonable for a holiday home than a primay residence.
It looks like the house might take an EF-5 (250 mph) Tornado, if you had the warning time. The only issue would be the front how armored is the door there, since it does not look like there is a lot of backing for that door. Might have done the slab shutter idea there. Now since even OK city the return period for an EF-5 is several times the lifetime of the house the question of the cost benefit arises.
“a working drawbridge”..????? Good heavens! If a client asked me to design something like that I would try to talk them out of it. I’m sure they paid on time though.
What is wrong with people? This is the second house featured that has a drawbridge and no moat!
Anyway, this house is the perfect excuse to make the sequel to the movie Panic Room.
I saw this house mentioned on The Escapist as the perfect refuge to ride out a zombie apocalypse.
I kind of like the look of this house when the shutters are open. With them closed, we could have some really wild parties without the neighbors peeking in.
Not hot about this “Maginot line” thinking. The homeowners best bet for security would be keeping a small combination arms tank/infantry platoon on the property.
Heh, I have to agree.
“Fixed fortifications are a monument to the stupidity of man.” George S. Patton.
Best to go with armed drones flying overhead 24/7. If it was me, I would go with the Boeing Phantom Ray.
And a moat and some archers on the roof wouldn’t hurt.