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Safe House

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dmadsen, hanley wood, llc

Project Name

Safe House

Project Status

Concept Proposal


AIA Designing Recovery Competition 2013

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Project Description


The challenge of designing a house that can withstand disastrous storms—and in particular, high winds—meant providing a form that can maintain a continuous structural load path from the roof to the foundation. The architects determined that building with insulated concrete forms could do that and at the same time cut the end users’ energy bills in half. The design includes a pattern-printed concrete roof, roll-down shutters and fixed stainless steel screens that are rated to wind force of 175 mph. There is also a safe room for secure shelter during a storm event. “It’s a solid plan to combat some of the forces of nature,” a juror said. “It can take any challenges.” Although unbuilt as yet, the design, jurors agreed, is “an ambitious effort on a small budget.”

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