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Amazing Architecture: Safe House by KWK Promes, Warsaw, Poland

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Amazing Architecture: Safe House by KWK Promes, Warsaw, Poland
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If you are expecting zombies or just want to be safe from burglars, this is perfect house for you. It's the safest house in the world, or you can call it modern fortress. It can transform from open modern house to safe fortress in a few seconds. Really amazing architecture.


The house is built outside the Warsaw, Poland. The Architects, KWK Promes designed this amazing house with only one thing on their mind. Safety. There's no blinds, sun shades, nothing. When you need your privacy you can just close the walls. That's right. Those thick walls can move, depending on is it dangerous or not.

A few words from an architects:

"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.
The innovation of this idea consists in the interference of the movable walls with the urban structure of the plot. Consequently, when the house is closed (at night for example) the safe zone is limited to the house’s outline. In the daytime, as a result of the walls opening, it extends to the garden surrounding the house.
The sliding walls are not dependent on the form of the building. That is why this patent can be applied to both modern and traditional, single – and multi – storeyed houses covered with roofs of different geometry.
This universal solution we came up with gives a new type of building where not the form but the way of functioning is the most important. The name: “safe house” gains a new meaning now.

Accomplishment of this idea required the use of technically complex solutions. The most significant are the sliding walls (both 2,2 m high, 22 and 15 m long), which allow to interfere with the urban structure and determine the safe zone of the plot.

They are not the only mobile elements of the building. Apart from these, there are large shutters (all 2,8 m high, with a width ranging up to 3,5 m, opening up to 180 degrees) and a drawbridge leading to the roof terrace above the swimming pool.

The southern elevation is closed by an enormous roll-down gate of 14 and 6 m manufactured by a company normally supplying shipyards and air companies. It is made with white anodized aluminum which makes it possible to  function as a movie projection screen.

All the movable elements are based on built-in electronic engines, that guarantee safe  operation.
Wide glazings behind the movable walls let the building acquire energy during the day (winter) or prevent the sun’s heat from going into the house (summer).  At night, when the house is closed, the thick outer layer helps the building to accumulate the gained energy.  Such a solution together with the hybrid heat system (most of the energy is gained from renewable sources – heat pump and solar systems supported with gas heating) and mechanical ventilation with heat recovery makes the house become an intelligent passive building."
          -KWK Promes

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Amazing Architecture: Safe House by KWK Promes, Warsaw, Poland
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Amazing Architecture: Safe House by KWK Promes, Warsaw, Poland
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Amazing Architecture: Safe House by KWK Promes, Warsaw, Poland
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Amazing Architecture: Safe House by KWK Promes, Warsaw, Poland
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Amazing Architecture: Safe House by KWK Promes, Warsaw, Poland
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Amazing Architecture: Safe House by KWK Promes, Warsaw, Poland
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Amazing Architecture: Safe House by KWK Promes, Warsaw, Poland
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Amazing Architecture: Safe House by KWK Promes, Warsaw, Poland
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Amazing Architecture: Safe House by KWK Promes, Warsaw, Poland
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Amazing Architecture: Safe House by KWK Promes, Warsaw, Poland
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Amazing Architecture: Safe House by KWK Promes, Warsaw, Poland
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Amazing Architecture: Safe House by KWK Promes, Warsaw, Poland
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Amazing Architecture: Safe House by KWK Promes, Warsaw, Poland
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Amazing Architecture: Safe House by KWK Promes, Warsaw, Poland
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Amazing Architecture: Safe House by KWK Promes, Warsaw, Poland
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Amazing Architecture: Safe House by KWK Promes, Warsaw, Poland
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Amazing Architecture: Safe House by KWK Promes, Warsaw, Poland
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Amazing Architecture: Safe House by KWK Promes, Warsaw, Poland
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Amazing Architecture: Safe House by KWK Promes, Warsaw, Poland
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Amazing Architecture: Safe House by KWK Promes, Warsaw, Poland
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Amazing Architecture: Safe House by KWK Promes, Warsaw, Poland
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Amazing Architecture: Safe House by KWK Promes, Warsaw, Poland
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Amazing Architecture: Safe House by KWK Promes, Warsaw, Poland
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Amazing Architecture: Safe House by KWK Promes, Warsaw, Poland
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Amazing Architecture: Safe House by KWK Promes, Warsaw, Poland
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Amazing Architecture: Safe House by KWK Promes, Warsaw, Poland
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Amazing Architecture: Safe House by KWK Promes, Warsaw, Poland
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Amazing Architecture: Safe House by KWK Promes, Warsaw, Poland
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Amazing Architecture: Safe House by KWK Promes, Warsaw, Poland
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Close up photo of safest house and its pool house
Amazing Architecture: Safe House by KWK Promes, Warsaw, Poland
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Amazing Architecture: Safe House by KWK Promes, Warsaw, Poland
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Amazing Architecture: Safe House by KWK Promes, Warsaw, Poland
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Amazing Architecture: Safe House by KWK Promes, Warsaw, Poland
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Amazing Architecture: Safe House by KWK Promes, Warsaw, Poland
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Amazing Architecture: Safe House by KWK Promes, Warsaw, Poland
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Amazing Architecture: Safe House by KWK Promes, Warsaw, Poland
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Photo of closed safest house as seen from the backyard
Amazing Architecture: Safe House by KWK Promes, Warsaw, Poland
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Amazing Architecture: Safe House by KWK Promes, Warsaw, Poland
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Amazing Architecture: Safe House by KWK Promes, Warsaw, Poland
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Amazing Architecture: Safe House by KWK Promes, Warsaw, Poland
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Illustration of closed safest house
Amazing Architecture: Safe House by KWK Promes, Warsaw, Poland
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Floor plan of safest house
Amazing Architecture: Safe House by KWK Promes, Warsaw, Poland
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Floor plan of safest house second floor
Amazing Architecture: Safe House by KWK Promes, Warsaw, Poland
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