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Five unusual structures with ultra-specific functions

February 02, 2014 04:00PM

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Single-function buildings

WEEKENDEDITION These buildings may look mundane or they may appear bizarre, but either way they are far from mixed-use. Each of these developments from around the globe were built to serve a single function, according to Buzzbuzzhome. Check out the round up below.

Purpose: zombie fortress

A zombie proof home in Poland

From the brains behind design firm KWK Promes, this concrete building dubbed “Safe House” is located just outside Warsaw, Poland. The only way into the structure is on the second floor, the walls are one and a half feet thick and a seven-foot-high retractable perimeter fence surrounds the property. And if that isn’t enough to stop the zombie hordes, a 45-foot anodized aluminum shutter rolls down to protect the rear of the house, while nine-foot-tall shutters protect the windows.

Purpose: pump station disguise

A pump station in Raleigh, North Carolina

A pump station in Raleigh, North Carolina

This typical suburban home in Raleigh looks fairly unremarkable until you notice that there is no pathway to the front door or drive way. That’s because it isn’t a home at all; it’s a cleverly disguised water pump station.

Purpose: dropping things

The Drop Tower in Germany

Known as the Drop Tower, this 475-foot hollow tube in Bremen, Germany was built for scientists studying the effects of weightlessness on free falling objects.

Purpose: resist tornados

A home designed to withstand natural disasters

A winner of the 2013 Designing Recovery competition, which challenged participants to design homes that look normal but can withstand natural disasters, this home was designed by Q4 Architects.

Purpose: promote rock climbing

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A rock climbing facility in Iran

This building is meant for rock climbing inside and out. Designed by New Wave Architecture, the 48,437-square-foot recreational facility to be built in Polur, Iran is made entirely of climbing walls.[Buzzbuzzhome]Christopher Cameron

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