by Manu SharmaSep 12, 2020
Tesla’s recent launch of the Cybertruck, the electric pickup vehicle designed for superior strength and endurance, has generated an incredible amount of discussion with respect to its radical, simple and futuristic design. In what could possibly be called the ‘vehicle of the future’, the idea and design recently received both praise and criticism for its bold and rugged qualities. Multiple innovative architectural interpretations have been proposed to adapt to and accommodate the Cybertruck in diverse events and contexts.
A concept house design, Cybunker, developed by Lars Büro, compliments the unique, sharp geometric exterior of the Cybertruck. Its modular architecture features a language similar to the vehicle it has been designed around. The Cybunker is a modern bunker that can be deployed as a hi-tech depot, a dwelling unit or an off-grid residence.
An interesting aspect of this bunker is that its design renders it a great shelter in the event of an apocalypse. The Cybunker guarantees a versatile and future-proof system that can be deployed to withstand the toughest demands.
Built as a rigid steel monocoque (a structural system where loads are supported by an external skin) structure, with an aerodynamic shape, it can withstand some of the toughest environmental conditions while its state-of-the-art infrastructure creates a micro-grid to ensure self-sustenance even in the most isolated of locations.
Inside the Cybunker, two folding gates reveal a 600 square-foot depot that can accommodate an array of equipment and vehicles, including trucks that usually don’t fit in standard garages. In an extreme environment, this depot can be transformed to function as an airlock, allowing a safe transition between the exterior and the interior.
Cybunker’s 1,800 square-foot of interior space can be customised to provide owners with limitless functions. It can be transformed into an apartment, a storage room or a shelter, and can also be decorated to suit commercial use.
The fact that it is a protective shell, however, does not take away the great experience it offers to lovers of adventure. The unit features panoramic views through its lateral windows. As aesthetic as tough, these are made of armoured glass with skylights that allow additional sunlight to enter the space.
Below the windows rests the powerhouse of the unit. The base of the Cybunker has an infrastructural motherboard that houses all of the unit’s utility and computer systems, pumps, cisterns, including a battery bank that stores all energy generated from the roof’s seamless PV cladding.
While the Cybunker is raising many a brow, many other architecture firms including Alexander Nerovyna and Dihedral Architecture among others have also suggested innovative architectural responses to the Cybertruck.
The Russian architect Alexander Nerovyna has come up with a house concept derived from the newly launched Cybertruck that portrays the house as an accessory to the vehicle. Besides designing a house around it, they have also proposed a camper trailer that would compliment the design of the futuristic automobile.
Dihedral Architecture has suggested an energy efficient home called the ‘Cyberhaus’, self powered by the sun with a stainless steel shell built for the user and the vehicle. This modern durable prototype aims to suit all environmental conditions while drawing from the image of Tesla’s Cybertruck.
These designs that would probably become prototypes for multipurpose structures, and can also be fabricated to become models for disaster proof architecture, push us to think about how architecture can contribute to the events of the future.