Category Archives: Underground Homes & Bunkers

Diagrams of the Underground Bunker Living Area

It’s rare to find available underground structures built as solidly as the Atlas F Missile Silo complexes.   Costing about $15M each in 1960 (about $120M in today’s dollars), these structures were built to last!  Of course, they make the perfect bunker.  It helps that a significant part of the complex was originally designed to BE a bunker for missile personnel.

And only 72 were built.

Despite years of neglect, these bunkers are still incredibly sturdy and durable.  Neglect and abuse that would deteriorate ordinary buildings doesn’t weaken these structures.  Clean up can be a tremendous undertaking, but once that’s done, you have one of the best bunkers in the world!

Most start remodeling with the Command Center.  It’s an easy starting choice because it was originally designed for people.  The missile command center was on the top floor and the living quarters on the bottom floor.  For today’s uses, the two-story layout, open space and tall ceilings make for an appealing underground condo layout with a lot of flexibility for a variety of interior designs.

We have pictures on the Gallery page with some photos that show the progress of the cleanup and renovations to date on our bunker.  However, it’s hard to get a feel for just how big the underground living areas are from small photos.  After all, you can’t get a sense of scale by seeing the bunker from the outside, can you?

So to help give a better idea of the space and layout of the bunker living areas (the Launch Control Center area), below you can see diagrams of the underground complex, 2D and 3D.  Click on the picture to see the diagram full-screen.

2-d launch control center diagram
2D layout of Control Center and Atlas F Missile Silo Complex
(standard design)

3-D launch control center diagram
3D sketch of the Control Center (aka Command Center)
(standard design)

Missile Silo in Texas turned into underground Bachelor Pad

Back in the ’90’s, a remodeler from Chicago bought a missile silo in Texas.  He didn’t buy it as a bunker – he bought it as an interesting remodeling challenge.  What he has done with it is really quite wonderful.

He has turned the Command Center section of the property into a really cool underground bachelor pad!  This subterranean home looks like it came straight from Hollywood, circa 1963.  If you look at pictures of it (links below), you’ll see the chic living area is reminiscent of classic James Bond (Sean Connery versions, of course!)

At one point in time, this underground home was available for touring.  We are not sure what the status of that is today, but if you want to see pictures of this missile silo renovation, you can check out these great links:

http://www.roadsideamerica.com/story/7244

http://www.wired.com/2009/10/missile-base-2/

Thinking you may want an underground bachelor pad, too?  All Atlas F Missile Silo complexes were designed with the same layouts.  To see diagrams of the Command Center layouts, see this blog post.

 

Interesting silo project – Luxury Bunkers

luxury-bunker
Design concept drawing from www.survivalcondo.com

Think no one would pay $1.5 million for a condo in the middle of nowhere with no skyline view?  Think again!

There is a company that is turning two Atlas F missile silos into luxury bunker condos.  15 stories going down almost 200 feet!  These luxury bunkers not only have condos, but also common areas, a medical facility, library, indoor garden, and fish farm!  It is designed to sustain up to 70 people for 5 years, if necessary.

Now that’s using your imagination!  Underground silos can be safe bunkers and luxurious, too!

According to the website, luxury condo bunkers start at $1.5 million.  http://www.survivalcondo.com/

This is an interesting video that shows some of the interior back when the luxury bunker complex was first being finished out inside.  The scenes with the Fox News reporter are located in the Command Center, and also the tunnel between the Command Center and the missile silo.  It is the same floor plan as all Atlas F Missile Silo Command Centers.  We have pictures of the same corresponding places inside our Command Center in our photo gallery.