2010 ZSHC Winner

After much anticipation and a rather thorough debate, we have reached the deadline.  We are happy to announce this years 2010 Zombie Safe House Competition Winner of the Gold Shovel Award!

SS Huckleberry

Gold Shovel Award

(letter from the designer)
As a designer I would like to contextualize the gravity of this design and its contribution to the world of architecture.
Actually not at all.

I love zombies. I love design.  It was just a matter of time really.

While I have spent many many hours daydreaming of the zombie apocalypse, I have never sat down and put pen to paper to create a plan.  I have also wanted to take a trip up the Mississippi for some time now as well, so this project granted me the opportunity to explore the potential of all these things I love.

We are all so surprised by the amazing interest shown from around the world and would like to thank all of you who took part in the voting.  Please check back as we plan to start a new round of competition within the next month or so….and of course begin your sketches for the 2011 Zombie Safe House Competition….I have a feeling it will be much larger than this year.  Next year’s competition due date will be 1 week before Halloween, so we are looking to have a registration date of September 15th, 2011…mark your calendar.

Again, thank you for your interest.  We received votes from all around the world showing that zombies are part of the universal language.

(Shea Michael Trahan)

(Sponsored by: Architects Southwest : visit them at www.architectssouthwest.com and facebook.)

We would like to thank the many blogs and websites that helped spread the word:

Direct links: (this list keeps growing)





















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  2. SafetyFirst says:

    Mh… I like the idea in general, especially the Zombie-Disel production… But it makes me wonder, when you need to produce the fuel, where do you get the components like methanol and lye from? This is a huge weakness of your concept…

  3. Doc says:

    The snowline isn’t a guarantee as Dead Snow proved. Really annoyed me when I saw that movie and realised that my zombie plan was now borked…

  4. Sean Hoade says:

    Can one get a poster of this anywhere? Me want!

  5. Felicia says:


  6. Jason says:

    Love the design! I have this up on my blog and the appropriate links to the contest and to Architects Southwest. The fuel part of it is what really perked our interest… waste not – want not.

  7. Well one could easily survive by just taking a few steps. A stilted home (like the ones in most beach areas) are ideal for zombie survival. But anywhere that you can either demolish or pull stairs up will be a forever safe haven against a zombie apocalypse. As zombies do not have the ability to jump you will be perfectly safe.

    I suggest somewhere above the snowline as once it snows the zombies will freeze and you will be able to forage for materials and maybe even find a new safe house for the next year.

    One could out live the entire apocalypse and die a normal death only due to getting old as long as they took the time to prepare. I suggest you do a bit of research on zombie survival as most people have the ability, but not the brains to actually survive.

    And the zombies would only last so long before rotting so chances are they are all gone long before you die of old age.

  8. Tony says:

    A wonderfully innovative design – adaptable for use anywhere that has a suitable river. (Or a suitably large lake)

  9. Jon Parsons says:

    Great idea.

  10. John D says:

    I’m glad to see that the one design that actually made any sense won. Kudos.

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