Concept Design: Survival Rooms

Concept Design: Survival Rooms
Concept Design: Survival Rooms
Concept Design: Survival Rooms
Survival Rooms are container-sized units that offer total protection within an enclosed capsule. These self-sufficient emergency life support systems have been conceived by internationally recognised Designer Phil Pauley to withstand extraordinary natural and manmade disaster conditions and save thousands of lives.

The units are constructed from a reinforced steel frame and insulated Bi-steel walls. The unit has seating for 70 adults and/or children with a limited amount of standing room and wheelchair access. Individuals are able to adjust their seat height and also their protective seat bar and headrest attachment is also adjustable.

Once the door is sealed shut, the emergency lighting and life support system will automatically switch on. Emergency food and water will be available for every person and will last on ration for up to two weeks. There is one toilet and a hand basin for basic personal hygiene.

The unit can generate breathing oxygen through the controlled release of compressed air and by electrolysis of water in extreme and pre longed conditions. Atmospheric control equipment includes a CO2 scrubber, which uses a chemical absorbent to remove the Carbon Dioxide from air and diffuse it into waste pumped through a one way exhaust mechanism.

An atmospheric monitoring system samples the air for oxygen, hydrogen, carbon dioxide, carbon monoxide, and other gases. Poisonous gases are removed, and oxygen is replenished by use of an oxygen bank located throughout the unit perimeter.

The computer system will send out an emergency signal once the door is sealed to establish communication with a monitoring station. There is a manual override and a live emergency communications channel together with external cameras to monitor the surrounding environment and a smaller inward opening hatch is built within the entrance door.

The main protection zone is housed within a cylindrical tube running through the centre of the unit to facilitate an anti-rolling gyro for user comfort to ensure the capsule will always remain upright. It also allows extra storage space for the wide range of life support systems, batteries and technical servicing equipment.

The dimension of the unit is 40 x 8 x 8 and can be transported throughout the world via existing container shipments and container delivery methods. They can be bolted into the ground or incorporated into a building design. Or they can be simply placed within a dedicated or temporary location.

Theses units can be used individually within public communities or equally designed to be incorporated within multi level buildings for corporate use or in high-risk areas. Each unit costs around £300,000.00 which places a price on saving a human life at around £4285.00.

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