Tsui House, Berkeley,
2000-square-foot Tardigrade-shaped residence was designed by Eugene
Tsui to be "the world's safest house." Tardigrades are microscopic animals said to be the world's
most indestructible living creatures. The house's aerodynamic shape and Ener-grid Block construction, which
utilizes recycled Styrofoam and cement blocks reinforced with steel and
concrete, is meant to improve the home's fire and wind resistance.
Shelving and cupboards are built into the structure to lessen the
likelihood of falling or breaking pieces in the event of an earthquake.
According to the designer's site, walls are angled inward at 4 degrees
to "create a compressive structure with a low center of gravity further
aiding in resistance to lateral turnover forces produced by strong