Archinect - News 2015-11-27T23:19:36-05:00 Surviving in style: the world's largest private doomsday shelter has a swimming pool, wine cellar, art vaults Alexander Walter 2015-11-16T13:51:00-05:00 >2015-11-18T23:13:54-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>This is The Oppidum, a massive 323,000 square foot property with plans for a spectacular estate. What lies hidden beneath, carved deep in the mountain is the largest residential doomsday shelter in the world. [...] The planned luxurious underground compound on two levels includes a total space of 77,500 sf with 13 foot high ceilings. The layout features one large 6,750 sf apartment and six 1,720 sf apartments. Construction on the secret facility began in 1984, at the height of the Cold War.</p></em><br /><br /><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Related on Archinect:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">It's the end of the world as we know it (and I feel luxurious): high-end apocalypse shelters</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">A top-secret Czech bunker used by the Soviet army opens to the public</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Subculture of Americans prepares for civilization's collapse</a></li></ul> It's the end of the world as we know it (and I feel luxurious): high-end apocalypse shelters Julia Ingalls 2015-10-22T20:14:00-04:00 >2015-10-24T18:37:57-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Vicino's company built Vivos Indiana, an "impervious underground complex" built in a Cold-War-era nuclear shelter and kitted out with luxury amenities. The idea is that you sign up in advance and plunk down $35,000 per person ($25,000 for kids) to secure one of the 80 spots available within the can survive for a year amidst leather couches, 600-thread-count sheets and gourmet chow.</p></em><br /><br /><p>"Once through security, the aesthetic makes a drastic shift," notes the narrator of the Travel Channel's video profile of the Vivos Group's underground luxury shelter. Vivo, a company which specializes in creating luxurious accommodations for that rough, between-civilizations feeling, also has a top-of-the-line European version of their shelter, made specifically for "high-net worth families."&nbsp;</p> The Anatomy of Emergency Alexander Walter 2014-12-10T14:33:00-05:00 >2014-12-11T18:10:04-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="503" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Of all the roles of government, emergency response may be the least controversial. When disaster hits, we expect our fire, police, and other public services to provide immediate relief. But as James McConnell, Assistant Commissioner for Strategic Data at the New York City Office of Emergency Management (OEM), reminds us, tactical effectiveness in a crisis requires more than boots on the ground, ready at a moment&rsquo;s notice.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Garrison Architects develops post-disaster housing prototype for NYC residents Justine Testado 2014-06-25T21:15:00-04:00 >2014-07-01T23:10:12-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="381" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Garrison Architects</a> adds to the pressing topic of 21st-century disaster resilience for dense urban cities with their modular post-disaster housing prototype. Developed for the New York City Office of Emergency Management, the project aims to provide New Yorkers not only with reliable and adaptable emergency shelter, but also to keep residents close to their communities and reduce the necessity of long-term displacement.</p><p>More details on the prototype's design below:</p><ul><li>"The aim is to create a blueprint for post-disaster housing by utilizing the latest construction technology in conjunction with stringent requirements for safety, sustainability, durability, and universal design.</li><li>The five multi-story modules [that Garrison Architects designed] are infinitely flexible: they can be deployed in vacant lots, private yards, or public spaces. When needed, the modules are trucked to a site, craned into place, and plugged into utilities.</li><li>With 1- and 3-bedroom configurations, every unit features a liv...</li></ul> IKEA designs a better home for refugees Archinect 2013-06-26T12:03:00-04:00 >2013-07-11T14:49:57-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="329" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The prototype of the shelter is now being tested in a refugee camp in Ethiopia. The refugee families who would be making the shelter their homes will have a direct say in how the product is developed, putting their experience at the heart of this collaborative process.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Chinese man spends whole life savings building very own 'Noah's Ark' over fears of impending apocalypse Archinect 2012-11-28T17:20:00-05:00 >2012-11-28T17:20:03-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The vessel, which has cost him &yen;1million (&pound;100,000), measures 21.2m long, 15.5m wide, 5.6m high and displaces about 140 tons of water. Lu, from Urumqi, Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region, admits it's not much to look at, but is confident it will serve its purpose.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Architecture for Humanity Launches Philippines Floods Response Program for Long-Term Disaster Mitigation Archinect 2012-08-09T18:01:00-04:00 >2012-08-13T18:21:19-04:00 <em><p>On August 6, the Tropical Storm Haikui brought two days of heavy rains that caused massive flooding and landslides throughout the capital city of Manila in the Philippines. Over 800,000 people were evacuated from their homes and 250,000 people have moved into emergency shelters. [...] Architecture for Humanity is committed to helping communities in Manila rebuild and prevent future disasters. We need your help.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Diawa Lease Unveils Solar-Powered Transforming EDV-01 Prefab MikeChino 2011-06-23T15:44:47-04:00 >2011-11-24T09:05:52-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="390" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Diawa Lease just sent Inhabitat the first photos of their new transforming EDV-1 shelter, which can be set on any terrain, doubles in size with the flick of a switch, and can sustain itself without any outside resources for up to a month by catching and reusing water and generating electricity with a huge built-in solar array.</p></em><br /><br /><p> Diawa Lease just unveiled its solar-powered EDV-1 emergency shelter, which doubles in size with the flick of a switch and features a luminous LED facade.</p>