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Castle and keep

Open concept

The courtyard

Block with a view

The monolith at night

Raising the drawbridge

Battening down



Polish architecture firm KWK Promes built the boxy Safe House outside Warsaw in 2009, with little thought to the idea that it could serve as a refuge from zombies. With creepy cannibalistic attacks in the news, however, it seems a perfect hideaway because it can transform into a near-impregnable fortress.
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Safe House has two modes -- open and closed. In open mode, seen here, the windows are open to the surrounding garden, and plenty of sunlight comes in.
Caption by / Photo by KWK Promes
The house's motorized side walls move outward and join the roadside wall, forming a courtyard. Visitors can be held here until the residents can see who they are and let them in.
Caption by / Photo by KWK Promes
The minimalist interior opens to the garden, which becomes an extension of the living room.
Caption by / Photo by KWK Promes
In the evening, the Safe House and its adjacent indoor pool glow with light before everything shuts for the night.
Caption by / Photo by KWK Promes
Konieczny's clients wanted security above all, and the most striking feature of the house is its ability to transform. When the house enters closed mode, a drawbridge to the pool roof goes up, preventing outside access to the second floor.
Caption by / Photo by KWK Promes
The enormous rear shutter rolls down, sealing off the interior from the garden.
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Meanwhile, the large upstairs swing shut and the side walls retract, sealing off everyone inside from potential threats.
Caption by / Photo by KWK Promes

The Safe House becomes a concrete block in closed mode, so while zombies can bay for brains outside, you'll be nice and cozy within.

"The whole building is a concrete monolith, while its mobile parts -- for the sake of considerable size -- are light steel trusses filled with mineral wool," KWK Promes says. "As a result, the building is perfectly insulated when closed."

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