On July 14, 2019, a 6.6 magnitude undersea quake — the equal-largest earthquake recorded in the country — has hit off the Kimberley coast, shaking items off shelves and frightening locals who had never experienced anything like it before.
While there is no threat of a tsunami to the Australian mainland, there is a reasonable possibility that an earthquake will take place in the near future and take away many structures and lives. Earthquake has always been common. Over the years, engineers have come to realise one thing with increasing certainty: Earthquakes don’t kill people, buildings do.
Architects and home designers have challenged themselves to create homes that are not just pleasing to the eyes but can also stand up against natural and man-made disasters. To put the dent in your bank account, they use more resistant materials during the initial construction as they are a surefire way to reduce future repair costs.
Here, we give some disaster-proof house design tips to help you in designing and making your home more resistant to damage from man-made and natural disasters.
Throughout the history of architecture, it’s clear that architects and designers constantly try to outdo themselves. In the field of home architecture specifically, architects have actively responded to people’s wants and needs for their homes. Towards the latter end of the 20th century until the present, home designs have become more geometric and minimalist — a design that not only looks good, but also conserves space. Contemporary home architecture has incorporated nature-inspired materials to contrast the busy life of the modern home owner. When the move towards environmentally-sustainable practices became more popular, architects responded by building eco-houses or other sustainably designed and built houses. However, people want to live and improve their lives, architects respond with a home design that compliments that.
Natural disasters, like earthquake and storms, are dangerous and powerful. Although technology has made it possible for us to anticipate some of them, such as tornadoes and blizzards, others may strike without any warning like earthquakes.
Earthquakes can occur at random times of the year with almost no signs. They can destroy cities and affect rural areas. Even worse, they can take lives.
Because experts cannot predict when earthquakes will happen, they decided to do something to at least prevent the damage that they bring. In cooperation with emergency management agencies, they introduce practices and impose regulations in building earthquake resistant structures.
Technology has made it possible to build earthquake resistant structures and towering structures that are resistant to the strong forces of nature. Today, we have earthquake resistant building materials that can withstand tremendous impact and strong forces of nature. We can also come with an earthquake resistant structure design plan that can significantly reduce the impact of earthquakes to structures.
Now, aside from the materials used, what makes these earthquake resistant structures durable and stable during natural calamities? Let’s take a look at 5 characteristics of an earthquake resistant structure design below:
The LightHouse team has created a number of rotating houses and earthquake resistant structures. We offer our clients different rotating and kinetic house variations to give them the opportunity to choose a design that suits their needs and preferences.