This Futuristic ‘Cyberhouse’ Was Inspired by Tesla’s Cybertruck

Even if Elon Musk‘s recently-revealed Cybertruck was controversial for its, uh, unorthodox look alone, we’re stuck with it. Just as Tesla sedans are slowly becoming a common sight in major cities, those blocky pickups will be everywhere before you know it.

And one Russian design firm found Tesla’s newest product downright inspiring. So the architects and artists with Modern House, based in St. Petersburg, got to work and created the Cyberhouse. It’s the perfect post-Apocalyptic retreat for the Tesla fan inside of you.

We’re not kidding about riding out some kind of disaster scenario in this gleaming sci-fi home. 

The Cyberhouse has steel gates and a safe, dedicated below-ground parking space and elevator for your Cybertruck. The windows are armored and the exterior walls are a synthesized super strong material made from steel and concrete.

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These elements are intentional. Here is part of the firm’s caption for an Instagram post about the concept (translated from Russian):

…The project provides for its operation in extreme conditions: starting with zombie apocalypse, ending with a nuclear threat.

Inclined walls made of monolithic reinforced concrete and heavy-duty steel minimize external influences, both mechanical and microwave. Security is also provided by armored windows, metal shutters, shutters and [door locks].

Modern House also says the internal climate—important if you’re riding out some kind of undead invasion—is controlled by “an autonomous geothermal heat pump.”

The Cybertruck

The Cyberhouse as designed has 3230 sq.ft, which Modern House says is comfortable enough for six people. But in “extreme conditions” it can accommodate up to 10.

“This house,” reads the Russian caption, “is for those who don’t want to be zombie food.” 

Which if you think about it is pretty much everyone.

Should the undead come shambling forth tomorrow to consume our brains, don’t head to the desert in search of the Cyberhouse. All these images are just renderings that Modern House’s head architect says were created as part of a kind of “architectural game.”

Game or not, Modern House also claims it has “received the first proposals” to build one. So yes, there’s a base price, if you’re interested—it’s steep but still lower than expected at $865,000. 

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Bugatti and Hermès Created A One-Of-A-Kind Chiron Supercar

Only 500 Bugatti Chirons have been made available to order, making it one of the world’s most exclusive vehicles. But for wealthy California-based collector Manny Khoshbin, the fabled automotive marque built a one-off version of its W16-powered hypercar that’s decked out with custom design features by French luxury fashion brand Hermès. 

Car and Driver reports that plans for the Chiron Hermès were put in motion way back in 2016. Over three years, Khoshbin tested different colors ranging from silver to blue to brown, but none of them stuck. Along the way, he reportedly turned down a $3.9 million Chiron Super Sport 300+—of which only 30 will be made, mind you. Not exclusive enough, apparently. 

Khoshbin ultimately agreed on the the eye-catching Hermès Craie (chalk white) coat we see here. The elegant ‘Gatti also has a horseshoe grille crafted of miniature H’s, a rear wing decked out in the Hermès Courbettes horse pattern, and a rear bumper that matches the body color—the latter feature being completely unique to this Chiron. 

The interior boasts a custom cashmere with the wing’s horse pattern on the door inserts and beneath the center controls. A one-of-one badge that reads “Dressed by Hermès” appears on the center stack., and more one-of-one labels are scattered throughout. 

“This is absolutely bonkers,” Khoshbin said in the reveal video above. “Pictures do not do it justice. I’m blown away.” 

We’ll have to take his word for it.