Only In Berkeley: The Safest House in the World

Inspired by tiny creatures called Tardigrada, this Berkeley residence seems virtually indestructible.

Often called the “Fish House," this singular, prehistoric looking abode is actually inspired by a lesser known phylum of invertebrate animals called Tardigrada. More commonly known as Water Bears, these tiny animals are virtually indestructible, impervious to extreme conditions such as freezing temperatures, radiation exposure, or lack of oxygen.

The Tsui House, located in South Berkeley, was finished in 1995. Employing a nature-based, ecologically conscious approach to architecture which mimics many of the traits of Tardigrada, the residence has earned itself billing as “the safest house in the world.” 

Sited on a quiet residential street, the house looks like a relic from some primordial time, an oversized fossil somehow forgotten, but sure to be remembered. It's truly a sight to behold and well worth a sightseeing trip.

miss burdines@aol.com July 28, 2011 at 08:00 AM
This House is an eyesore. I could never understand why anyone would waste good money building such a monstrosity!
miss burdines@aol.com July 28, 2011 at 08:03 AM
I consider this house a blighted eyesore. I know exactly where it is, Never could understand why anyone spent money building it, except to upset the neighbors.


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