duckweed_01Most of us can safely say that we have never been lost at sea. We can only imagine that it is a scary and dangerous thing, and from what we know, exposure to the elements like the sun and the lack of drinkable water means that being lost too long out at sea will most likely lead to death.

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However designers Zhou Ying and Niu Yuntao have created a concept survival shelter called the Duckweed Survival House. As you can see in the images above and below, this is not your typical life raft. One of the more obvious changes is the fact that it is covered, meaning that it will protect its inhabitants from the harsh sun and rain, although we’re not sure if it can keep users warm.

duckweed_02It is a bright color and has been designed to stick together, meaning that if a group of people were lost at sea, they could easily band together to help make search and rescue efforts easier. The shelter comes with a gas tank at the base that helps to stabilize the shelter in the rough seas, and at the same time helps to convert seawater into fresh drinking water.

That being said, there’s no telling if anyone will make the Duckweed Survival House a reality, but we have to admit that it is a pretty clever and potentially life-saving idea, which is why it does not come as a surprise that the design won the 2015 Red Dot Award.

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