Nuclear Winter Shelter


Hardy Wong / Glasgow School of Art / 2019-2020 / Stage 01 / Tutor: Thomai Pnevomonidou


       The project narrates a future post-war scenario: Nuclear Winter. Taking space as a medium, it examines and speculates the atmosphere where World War Third survivors would inhabit. The design reminds the pathetic consequence of war; as an anti-war symbol.

      There will be another worldwide warfare, eventually. With an understanding of the traditional shelters in both World Wars, such as Underground Stations in London (used in Second World War), and the theorized of the horrific ambiance in Nuclear Winter, an underground complex structure has been proposed.

      The geometries of the Shelter are metaphorical. They intend to recollect the memories of the destroyed Glasgow City and help residents settle down more easily. The fictional design of the mechanical systems such as the ‘Water System’ and ‘Recycling the Dead’ takes geometrical advantages from the earlier shelter models.

      The Shelter has yet given a final answer or solution to the disaster; Instead, it has raised a more profound question: how would the new society be different from the one we are today? Without answering this question, it seems any new shelter can only maintain for short.


Inspired by the Wartime Recipe, I have decided to create a Shelter for World War Third.


The poster shows the severe disputes between nations in today world.


The collage describes the post-war atmosphere of Glasgow City.


The leaflet sums up the core methods to stay safe in the event of Nuclear Winter.


It has abstractly shown the design concept and inspirations.

Cheyenne Mountain Complex is one of the case studies. It has informed the design strategies and detailed elements in the shelter.


A study of different shelters used in the past world wars.


The sectional drawing tells the relationship between the existing site and the shelter system.


The survivors arrive on this level and clean themselves from dust and radiation

within the small pods.


The restaurant is accessible by appointment only in general; in war, it will distribute

food and drink daily.


The restaurant takes inspiration from a famous photograph, in which people were hiding and gathering in a London Underground in the Second World War.


The water system can melt snows and collect rain and blood. The system will clean the fluid, and generate pure water.

Devices run by Artificial Intelligence will collect dead bodies and animal corpses

for generating the necessary energies in the building.


The machines work collaboratively underground. They can be observed and appreciated

by the residents.


An open space built for the survivors to play, question, and discuss.


Modeling: Vectorworks

Visualization: Twinmotion

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