When it comes to architecture, I’m no expert: I have basic knowledge about the subject from a technical standpoint, but from an aesthetic one, I’ve acquired a taste for Bauhaus-esque styles, which shouldn’t come as a surprise. Clean, hard lines, use of basic shapes, and a love for function are among the things I enjoy the most.
The Safe House is an architectural project by KWK PROMES. As the name suggests, it’s a modern house which focuses on security, with movable parts and secret openings. More than a house, it resembles a fortress or a military bunker, and the idea is exactly to make the homeowners feel safe and unexposed.
This is a glimpse of the original idea, from the architects themselves:
The clients’ top priority was to gain the feeling of maximum security in their future house, which determined the building’s outlook and performance.
The house took the form of a cuboid in which parts of the exterior walls are movable.
When the house opens up to the garden, eastern and western side walls move towards the exterior fence creating a courtyard.
After crossing the gate one has to wait in this safety zone before being let inside the house. In the same time, there is no risk of children escaping to the street area in an uncontrolled way while playing in the garden.
Needless to say, I’d love to live in a building like this one. For some, I’m sure it’d be too industrial/military-looking, but considering its purpose, I’m glad the architects didn’t try to make it more conventional, and that the client didn’t ruin the project because it wasn’t like he imagined.
Source: Design Milk.