‘End of the World’ Pods Can Withstand Severe Weather

‘End of the World’ Pods Can Withstand Severe Weather
Design & Architecture

Liu Qiyuan of China builds several giant spheres capable of withstanding the fiercest elements.

Zachary Kraemer
  • 17 december 2012

In preparation for this Friday’s doomsday prediction, a great many people are fabricating survival strategies to persevere. Liu Qiyuan of Qiantun, China, is one of those people, creating his own version of Noah’s Ark. Designing a series of pods that can withstand the deadliest tsunamis and eartquakes. Qiyuan describes his pods as ping pong balls, explaining: “Its skin may be thin, but it can withstand a lot of pressure.”

Liu has constructed seven pods, all of which are made using fiberglass casing, which is layered over a steel frame. The interiors are capable of seating fourteen people comfortably, though thirty can fit and survive for a minimum of two months. Each pod is equipped with oxygen tanks, food and water supplies, as well as seat belts to keep passengers in place during storms.

Gaining inspiration from the Hollywood film “2012,” Liu explains:

If there really is some kind of apocalypse, then you could say I’ve made a contribution to the survival of humanity.

And he has indeed made a significant contribution. A $48,000 contribution per pod, to be exact.


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