The Safe House is something of a paradox: — a house that is light, airy and open to the outside thanks to windows both numerous and large, and yet almost impossible to break into. How is this done? By the magic power of Transformers.
The home, designed by Polish architects KWK Promes, exists in two states. When you are at home and feeling safe, you leave it open in “vulnerable” mode. One side of the house is all glass, and the open-plan interior is open to the outside world. There is even a drawbridge at second-floor level across to another building housing an indoor pool.
But at the first sign of trouble — over aggressive trick-or-treaters, for example — you hit a button and the house goes into lockdown, turning from home into fortress. A shutter slams down, protecting the front of the house, huge concrete slabs swing in to plug up the windows, and the drawbridge is hoisted up, isolating the building completely.
Who on earth would want such a home?
Organized criminals? Drug lords? Randy and Evi Quaid? Or just your plain, common or garden U.S paranoid? In fact, it is just an overly cautious client on the outskirts of Warsaw.
It seems to me that the best way to avoid the need for a panic room (panic house?) is to live in a country where home invasions don’t exist i.e anywhere in the world except the US. But as somebody who has far too many gadgets, I can appreciate the need for security when I’m not at home. If I lived in this amazing slab of a house, I’d be able to take off for a couple weeks of vacation and not worry about burglars.
On the other hand, I would spend the entire time worrying about losing my keys.
Safe House [KWK Promes via Home Designing]