The New Stuff

tsunamiball

Self-sustainable tsunami-proof boat shelter is guest room for good days


Off grid tsunami proof floating shelter

Since the ill-fated tsunami hit Japan in March 2011, Tsunami-proof housing has caught pace in the east. Now, things seem to be gaining momentum westwards too. Chris Robinson, resident of Palo Alto, California is currently working on an off-grid boat-like shelter dubbed Tsunamiball, which will hopefully be tough enough to withstand nature’s worst, if a tsunami was to hit his home city. Robinson has chosen the design to be like a very tough boat so that his shelter is capable of floating in case of emergency. Robinson had no prior experience of developing boats, so all the construction has been a process of hit and trial.

Measuring 6 x 3 x 2.5 m (22 x 10 x 8.5 feet), the Tsunamiball is made completely from plywood. Standard screws were used initially to put the plywood together, but the screws were later replaced with plastic staples made specifically for boat building. For Robinson, the challenge with the structure has been to make it tough enough to withstand debris. For this, he has created the outer hull of the boat shelter from marine grade plywood measuring 2.5-inches thick. Marine grade plywood is covered with abrasion-resistant polyester, which makes the wood as tough as Kevlar.

Tsunamiball, which has a captain’s window and several portholes is still work-in-progress. Robinson is planning on including flexible solar panels, electric motors and composite toilet to his structure. This would make the boat shelter self-sustainable. Robinson also plans to add a total of 60 layers of wood to the structure for ultimate durability along with adding a kitchen, electric stove and benches that double as beds. Work on Tsunamiball is expected to complete later this year. Once complete, Tsunamiball will be tested and then installed on Robinson’s garage to function as a guest room until it is need in case of a tsunami.

Source: Tsunamiball Via: Gizmag

Recommended for You

The following two tabs change content below.
Bharat has been reviewing latest gadgets, toys, robots and new home technologies across various platforms. In addition to reporting and reviewing new products and technologies, he spends too much time digging the Internet for endless questions. Bharat is a football fan and a big time foodie.

Recently Published

The Mountain - $2 million natural swimming pool
»

This $2 million natural swimming pool features 5 spectacular waterfalls

Samsung Curved Soundbar
»

Samsung’s latest curved soundbar goes well with your curved TV

Dyson Project N223
»

Dyson working on an autonomous vacuum cleaner codenamed N223

Water Sculpture by Ben Young
»

The sculptural ocean waves handcrafted using layered sheets of glass

Modular Kitchenette Set by Stephanie Nguyen
»

Stephanie Nguyen’s modular kitchenette set is made entirely of Staron

Meteo_Ra Showerhead
»

Meteo_Ra Showerhead brightens up your bathroom like a starry sky

H-House by Ian Weir
»

H-House by Ian Weir in Point Henry, Australia is bushfire safe

Dots by ARIS Architects
»

DOTS is modular shelving system with interchangeable boxes

Jero Yurt by Trakke
»

Off-grid Jero yurt assembled together using prefabricated materials

Wallit Wall-mounted Bar by JSN Design
»

Wallit is wall-mounted tiny bar with ample storage

BIA 2014 Cylinder Vanity
»

Reinvent 21st century bathroom with gold-plated cylindrical vanity

B&W CM S2 Series
»

B&W launches CM S2 Speakers boasting decoupled double dome tweeters

Smart Gaswatch
»

Smart Gaswatch Scale with digital alert lets propane grills burn endlessly

Long Brick House by Foldes Architects
»

Long Brick House showcases 17-meter long library wall inside

Cocoon Media Unit by Boss Design
»

Boss Design reinvents boring office space with Cocoon Media Unit

Share with your friends










Submit