We laugh at your feeble funnels

At least, that’s the idea with this concept by 10 Design, putting a dwelling on a hydraulic lift, which can lower it below ground in the event of, um, rotation.

“Think of a turtle,” explains Call Me Stormy, “which can pull its head back within a protective shell whenever danger arises.”



  1. Jess »

    14 August 2012 · 12:40 pm

    It’s all pretty neat, but the cost for the structural steel, hydraulic rams, hydraulic pump, hoses, safety overrides, hazardous containment, extra structural concrete for the combined weight of the entire mess, plus the additional taxes for all of the above, when the same thing can be accomplished by building below the ground, adding an open courtyard and placing platforms, which cost very little to replace if they blow away.

    Another thing: All electrical, HVAC, and plumbing would require complete separate systems or expensive flexible connections at the pivot points.

    Other than that, it’s pretty cool.

  2. CGHill »

    14 August 2012 · 1:03 pm

    But of course. Gee-whiz stuff adds several hundred percent, if you’re lucky; if you’re not, the sky’s the limit. (Or in this case, the earth’s core may be the limit. Welcome to Pellucidar Farms. No soliciting.)

  3. jsallison »

    15 August 2012 · 7:29 pm

    Feh, rather spend my money refurbishing an old SAC silo. Now that there’s some ‘nado proof livin.

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