Flex-Shell Architecture

Flex-Shell Architecture is a low-cost and extremely long lasting construction method for sturdy, fireproof, waterproof, tornado-safe and earthquake-safe homes and buildings.

To protect from a hurricane or other disaster:

It is extremely important to shelter your entry walls with something that can’t blow off or be smashed off by your neighbors house as it flies by.

The Core Monolith Pavilion approach, Flex-Shell, establishes the awning, funnel columns and roof as one solid, curvy, flex-stable core, with high-strength, true-aircrete plaster, properly reinforced by the criss-cross no-slip wire pattern of that organic frame and galvanized lath fabric under that self-healing fiber reinforced plaster skin so the core moves as one solid piece, transferring bending strains to the larger whole, like a sea shell, long before any one part approaches failure.

The hollow interior is filled with aircrete and an aircrete leveled pad  extends well beyond the building, to a thin shell retaining wall. This large aircrete pad is also key, not just to lift your building out of the storm surge, but if you remember, the homes that needed to be rebuilt in Houston, after Hurricane Harvey, were destroyed by saturated ground causing soil heave that shattered the foundations later.

The retaining wall ring that shields a column foundation should protect from those conditions, not just because the water is kept out but because of the insulating aircrete pad, made structural by the tensile reinforced retaining wall outer edge, the same shell material, and a thin high-strength surface skin, can shift without damaging the columns, for sure, because they are their own piers, but also the walls cannot be damaged because they can shift a bit if the pad does move, they are not mechanically bonded to anything, just keyed into the rounded profile of columns and archway between the columns so they can’t fall.

This protects them from too much movement but because they are allowed to move a little when things are serious, they also serve to counter balance strong shaking strains during an earthquake, like how the loose pole in the center of Japanese Pagodas do. That integral tapered stress-skin and curled-edge and curvilinear awning is solid and counters the natural spread-force of the dome from the start so you are going into the storm in a sea-worthy vessel. You can invite friends over for hurricane parties.