The idea behind Proto-Teck's INDESTRUCTIBLE HOUSE is to protect not
only the home occupants--but the structure itself--from the forces of a
natural disaster such as a hurricane, tornado, fire, dust storm,
tsunami, or hail storm. Clearly no structure can be truly
indestructible, but this new design is a major leap forward in
The "INDESTRUCTIBLE HOUSE" is in reality a houseboat floating in a
large buried concrete silo filled with water. Earth excavated
to bury the silo would be back-filled around the upper 1/3 of the silo,
forming a berm. The house structure is constructed on a
waterproof concrete cylinder, called a barge. The barge will
also be a basement for storage and equipment, such as a electric
generator in case of a power failure.
When the occupants of the INDESTRUCTIBLE HOUSE feel threatened by an
oncoming event such as a hurricane, they will active a switch inside
the house which will begin pumping water out of the concrete silo, and
into large storage tanks buried nearby. As the water level
drops, the house slips inside the protective walls of the concrete silo
until the roof locks into the concrete curbing at the top of the
berm. After all is clear, the house occupants then reverse
the switch position and water is pumped back into the silo from the
holding tanks, raising the house back to its original position.
3 drawings are available for view in Adobe PDF format. These
were drawn by architect Jerry Samania of Bozeman, Montana.
Because of the unique form factor of this house, it is possible to
orient any room with a preferred view by rotating the house inside the
cylinder. This would be accomplished by utilizing a powered
rubber wheel on the barge which makes contact with the inner silo wall.
Additionally, since the house is actually floating and not firmly bound
to the Earth, earthquake survivability is greatly improved.
A video of the house model in operation is available on YouTube.