03 January 2009

Abandoned Silo Living

Abandoned silos provide a unique living environment. Whether an abandoned underground missile silo or an abandoned above-ground grain silo, the living experience should be anything but ordinary.
Missile silos might be the world’s most amazing abandonments. There is something about their immense scale, implicit secrecy, loaded history and and underground location that makes them an exciting target for urban exploration. _WebUrbanist
Be sure to watch this video about a couple that bought and rehabilitated an underground missile silo, and turned it into something quite livable indeed. The image below depicts a silo complex turned into an underground getaway for a family with a conventional above-ground home and its own private airstrip.
And then, there is the grain silo, providing the adventurous home-owner with his very own high-rise residence. Handy-man skills are extremely helpful for this type of conversion.


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Blogger Bob said...

The UK Telegraph had an article last month about a WWII pillbox being sold, you'd have to consider these yet another example of potential houses. In the case of pillboxes and other coastal fortifications, they are often the only buildings that can withstand hurricane-force winds, so I'm surprised that they haven't been used as models for proper coastal home construction.

Sunday, 04 January, 2009  
Blogger kurt9 said...

The problem with old missile silos is that they may still be targeted by the Russian ICBMs (assuming the Russians still have functional ICBMs). Military forces tend to be bureaucracies and, therefor, may not keep themselves up to date with regards to the current deployment of the opponent forces.

Sunday, 04 January, 2009  
Blogger al fin said...

Good point, Bob. Such houses should be quite durable indeed.

Kurt9: I had the same thought, and it is quite possible. On the other hand, it's likely that most Russian warheads have not been well maintained and will be duds.

Which would you rather have: the few working warheads exploding over NYC, DC, Chicago, and LA, or demolishing the cornfields of Nebraska, Kansas, and Iowa?

Sunday, 04 January, 2009  
Blogger Ominous Cowherd said...

Al, since I won't be in NYC, DC, Chicago or LA, and since I eat corn, I'd much rather see those few working warheads exploding over the big cities.

Sunday, 04 January, 2009  

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