It is Halloween and we decided to have some fun and show you Mihaly Slocombe Architects submission to the 2011 Zombie Safe House Competition. These two young designers from North Melbourne, Australia took a creative approach to the competition in blending the zombie comic culture and architecture. I mean what architecture student hasn’t thought about creating the perfect zombie safe house when they were a kid? It is the last day of voting at Zombie Safe House so check it out, and enjoy some zombies and architecture.
In a zombie apocalypse, a widespread rise of zombies hostile to human life engages in an indiscriminate assault on civilisation. As victims of zombies become zombies themselves, the outbreak has an exponential growth rate: the spreading zombie plague swamps military and law enforcement organisations, leading to the panicked collapse of civilian society. Only isolated pockets of survivors remain, scavenging for food and supplies in a world reduced to a pre-industrial hostile wilderness.
SafetyNet City employs the empty relics of our cities to create a new life for the re-emerging human population. High up above street level, strung between the top floors of skyscrapers, an interconnected series of nets support small, self-sufficient communities. The nets accommodate living facilities, agriculture, energy generation and water collection. Passive deterrents, defensive perimeters and sacrificial net sections ensure the zombies do not infiltrate the haven of SafetyNet City.
The nets are built from stainless steel cables; living pods from construction timber and steel mesh; agricultural membranes from waterproofing plastic. All materials are readily available from hardware stores, building sites and remnant industrial facilities – a necessary convenience in a world whose factories and production plants are silent.
This project looks beyond the immediate time period of a zombie outbreak toward the rebuilding period months or years later. How will our civilisation re-establish itself? How will we stay protected, fed and watered? From what platform can we ultimately retake our world? SafetyNet City seeks an answer that achieves more than the architectural utility of war. It seeks beauty amidst the ruins of our past, a new landscape to replace the old, a future energised by the sublime.