THE Zombie Safe-House
Appropriately named “Safe House,” the award-winning two-story home was designed by Robert Konieczny of KWK Promes for a private client and took about four years to build (it was finished in 2009, well before the latest Rapture predictions.) It has a second-storey entrance accessible only by drawbridge, and a moveable exterior wall that allows the home to be completely sealed off from marauding hordes. The house has zero curb appeal, Which is good when you’re trying to prevent your brains from becoming someone else’s meal.
Even when in totally open mode, the view from the street is pretty grim. No windows. No visible doors. But the sliding gates part to reveal a pretty yard. Twenty-foot tall garage-like doors cover the open areas on the south and west sides of the home. The exterior walls slide forward, creating a courtyard in the front, and the thick shutters open, letting light inside. The floor-to-ceiling windows make the home seem open and inviting when it’s not locked down.
The massive concrete shutters open and the 20-foot doors roll up to reveal that when it’s not in monolith mode, the home actually looks pretty modern and inviting. The bottom of the drawbridge rests over the dry moat on the top of the pool house, allowing access to a roof deck. Which means that it’s probably not the main front door, per se, but it makes for a great look-out area. Cats optional.