Disaster Dwellings

“We’re not fanatics about survival,” says Alex Gore, one half of the F9 Productions team. Lance Cayko, the other half, chimes in, “We just don’t think a safe home has to be a bunker. It can be beautiful.” It can also be the result of rigorous thought, foresight and the understanding that the natural influences of our environment don’t have to be quite so devastating. Hurricane Sandy and the Waldo Canyon Fire can be sobering opportunities to learn from past mistakes. They can inform how we rebuild our lives. 


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1)  The raised home design elevates treasured items away from rising waters.  The house is also built upon an elevated ground plane to protect the main level from flooding. 

2) Debris protection is maintained by steel siding panels protecting the home from falling debris and also acts as a shield against large floating objects. 

3) Harsh east and west light is filtered though operable steel siding panels as intense summer light dapples though horizontal sun screens thus illuminating the interior. 

4) Summer and outdoor entertainment can take place on the sun deck which includes: a fire pit, bar and grill, and table for dining.

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1)  Water is collected in case of infrastructure failure through a low sloped roof that drains towards a cistern located at the rear of the home. 

2) Solar Panels, which line the roof, are ready to supply power during the midst of a regional power outage.

3) Warmth is trapped in the home by insulating the roof and floor with R-50 spray foam insulation (grey floor box indicates spray foam insulation areas). 

4) Usual sand bagging efforts are reduced dramatically by the small footprint. 

5) Safe boat access off of the sun deck allows for the delivery of fresh supplies and permits emergency rescue entrance. 

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1) Privacy is provided by using translucent glass on the lower 1/3 of the windows. 

2) Supplementary heat is supplied to the home through the gas fireplace. 

3) A storage wall provides a cozy resting place for extra blankets, pillows, fine china, survival goods, glassware, and toys. 

4) The skylight above the dining room filters daylight throughout the space.

Earthquake House | Surviving doomsday or a dinner party the Hero House blends clean modern design with a playful well lit interior. Explore how this house can guide you though a earthquake or a Sunday night dinner party by clicking on the image below. 

Seed House | The Seed’s striking center skylight acts as the home’s organizing feature. Its light illuminates the heart of the home as well as provides sunlight for the plants of the home.

This large home offers more architecture space for a playroom, an office, a game area, a theater space, an exercise area, and the survival storage that includes a library, and plenty of supplies to rebuild.

Genesis House | Genesis is the beginning for the end. Architecturally the house is centered around a swimming pool, surrounded by glass and vegetation. Each room has a view to this luxurious feature.

Genesis escapes chaos by burying itself underground to provided nearly impenetrable security. A blast proof concrete cap covers the structure while the home connects with it’s own underground survival system that includes; security tunnels, life support systems, tools, materials, and resources for building a new future (the Civilization Generator).

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