Cold War Missile Silo Becomes Automated Home
Designed originally for nuclear war, the defunct sites revitalized as high-tech living spaces.
You don’t have to be Slim Pickens from Dr. Strangelove to love the bomb silo. These things are hot commodities among people who like their homes to have a bit more character than usual.
This missile silo was originally intended to hold a four-megaton thermonuclear warhead, but in a few months the indestructible concrete structure in north of Salina, Kan., will turned into several luxury high-tech condos. The entire 13-story missile silo stretches 175 feet down into the earth, offering protection from a catastrophic event and plenty of privacy for its residents.
Logic Integration of Lone Tree, Colo., was recently commissioned by the developer of the project, Larry Hall, to install a variety of electronic systems into each residence, as well as outfit a shared recreation area with a state-of-the-art home theater. According to Logic Integration president Shawn Hansson, each condo will be equipped with a whole-house A/V system, flat-panel TVs, and an intercom system. One of the most interesting high-tech touches, he says, will be the incorporation of LCD screens that function as “windows.” Each client can pick what kind of landscape they’d like each window to display, such as a beach or a forest. It’s a technology recommended by the psychologist that was hired by Hall for the project. All said, there will be between $40,000 and $60,000 worth of equipment designed to improve the livability, communication and entertainment capabilities of each condo. Residents have the option of adding other features like lighting control and other amenities.
Marketed as a residence that’s ready for the end of the world, the underground silo is completely self-contained with its own renewable supply of water, power and waste treatment that will allow for long-term, off-grid survival. It will have its own grocery store and entertainment facility with a swimming pool, gym and movie theater, and residents will have daily responsibilities and jobs to ensure the safety and security of the community.
Logic Integration is currently installing the low-voltage cabling for each condo’s electronic systems. “We’re at least six months from completion,” says Hansson. Stay tuned.
If you’re interested in buying a missile launch silo for yourself, you can find a selection for sale here.
Check out the slideshow for more images of missile silo living.
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