9/13/2011

Hurricane Proof Housing, Is it Possible?

Hong Kong based architect Ted Givens of 10 Design has recently unveiled designs for tornado proof and hurricane proof housing. With the recent occurrences of rare natural disasters on the east coast, an earthquake and hurricane, it seems appropriate to propose  such a project for urban clustering on a residential scale.



Housing in areas prone to hurricanes is typically elevated above the ground.  However, Givens notes that this fails to take into account the velocity of surge waters and the grinding power of debris.  his solution takes an opposite approach by burrowing the house into the ground with a set of hydraulic levers activated by high velocity winds.  once submerged into the earth, the roof locks to ensure a wind and water tight seal.  Construction of the house utilizes a Kevlar sandwich skin system with clear insulation, which allows for diffuse light to enter through the semi-translucent building envelope.



Givens envisions whole neighborhoods connected through sensors that would be able to safely disappear underground in a matter of seconds in the event of a hurricane.  His Philosophy for this design is to respond to nature rather than seeking to dominate it.


More than just a project existing only on paper< 10 Design is currently developing a prototype with a consortium of ship builders in the United States and Africa.