In which a writer with a seemingly terrible irony detector took some crazy housing design seriously

Professor Korvelo's Pyramid Home

Focus on the apocalypse isn’t limited to right wing bloggers, Eurozone watchers, and me. Cogeneration and On-Site Power Production Magazine just published an ever-helpful article: “Future Homes to Eschew the Apocalypse.

The headline and opening sentence had me expecting some outstanding Disaster Snark, but no: author Rajeev Kumar plays this one straight.

The claims of an apocalypse-like situation may be wrong. But, it can’t be denied that millions of people around the world die every year because of natural disasters like earthquake, flood, tsunami and tornado. 

Henceforth, Kumar presents three promising home designs that would make your standard Y2K generator/gun/bottled-water-hoarder feel inadequately prepared. My personal favorite is the pyramid home, described in blissfully un-ironic, oddly-punctuated prose:

Designed by Korvelo, the pyramid-shaped home can withstand all forms of natural disaster. Be it a tsunami, tornado, earthquake or floods. While, the cone-shaped top helps it negotiate high speed winds, the 40-feet above the ground living space keep the residents safe from high water during tsunami or floods. The pyramid home features five bedrooms and six bathrooms. There are three garages, four cameras, four light covered and four remote-controlled weapons. Also, the exterior of the house can be fitted with solar panels for electricity generation.

What difference will it make?

There are multiple benefits of a pyramid structure. It can withstand high speed winds and tornadoes. The elevated living space can negotiate with with high water levels. Besides, the bullet proof windows and remote-controlled weapons will allow the occupants to fight with any outside human intrusion, especially during riots or wars.

Rajeev Kumar: just tellin’ it like it is.

Or not. Kumar doesn’t seem to have realized that the designer of the pyramid home, one Professor Korvelo, is maybe not a serious designer. In case you haven’t clicked on the previous link to, let this screen capture from the Professor’s website entice you.

The renderings were cool, though.

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