This futuristic structure is a cricket shelter. It provides food -- in the form of insects -- and emergency accommodation in times of crisis.
The pod can also be used to grow crickets for 'free-range bug food' in urban environments like rooftops or backyards.
The pods are modular, with a CNC plywood exterior. Individual bio-units, or cricket homes, slot into the shell, accommodating up to 22,000 insects.
Crickets live in a free-range environment and the pod is more sanitary than traditional cricket farms. The 'gates' at the front of each unit provide food for the crickets and also allow for easy harvesting.
Crickets are a low-carbon source of protein, according to Terreform ONE, the architects who designed the pod, so are an environmentally friendly alternative to industrial livestock.
External elements of the insect farm provide air circulation and allow the crickets to move between the units.
The pod even comes equipped with its own cricket maternity ward -- this part of the shelter is a birthing chamber.
The cricket farm provides a clean, efficient way of producing insects for use in things like cricket flour for fine-food recipes. "Over two billion people eat insects every day: it's time to reintroduce them into the diets of the remaining population," Terreform ONE co-founder Mitchell Joachim says.