Wired Magazine ran a cool piece on a guy, Bruce Townsley, that bought an abandoned missile silo and built a home in it. He purchased the 2,2000 square foot Atlas F silo in 1997 at a price of $99,000. It’s located in Abilene, Texas and from above, looks like an empty lot with a flag and some solar panels in the middle of nowhere. Most of the working parts inside the 185-foot deep silo have been decommissioned and the escape hatch has been covered with concrete. But, the silo doors and 6,000 pound blast doors still function – a major requirement for Townsley. The room he built his home in is basically a “bubble” suspended on a large column located in the center of the room. Springs under the room and on the sides allowed it to float, giving protection against nuclear missile blasts. Townsley’s only complaint – it’s quiet, too quiet. He sometimes runs fans just to generate some noise.
Here’s some pictures of the home build inside the abandoned nuclear silo.