Home of the Future - Tornado Proof House - as part of the news series by GeoBeats.
Tornadoes are among the most destructive forces on our planet and inspite of the technological advances, we have yet to come up with a scalable housing structure that's tornado proof.
10 Design, a Hong Kong based firm, has come up with a concept that aims to keep us safe during tornadoes. During high winds, the home is pushed into the ground and a water tight seal protects it from water and wind. In the words of its designer - A series of simple hydraulic levers are used to push the home in and out of the ground and deflect and warp the outer skin in response to external stimulation. A translucent outer skin consisting of clear insulation sandwiched between two layers of Kevlar provides the weather barrier and lets diffuse light into the structure.
This concept also incorporates the notion that it's not just one home but an entire suburb of houses that collapses in response to extreme weather and the entire community continues to go about as a single organism.
What do you think about the tornado-proof home concept?