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Thursday, February 25, 2010

For Sale: Repurposed, Recycled and Renovated Atlas Missile Base

by Lloyd Alter, Toronto

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There is nothing greener than renovation, repurposing and reuse of existing buildings, so how could we not publish this conversion of an Atlas Missile base in the Adirondacks into a lovely 2300 square foot underground home, complete with private runway, contemporary fiber optic effect lighting along with natural sunlight rendition back lighting, and a ventilation system specially designed to deal with the challenges of everyday living, including nuclear and biochemical attack.

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Most of the paraphernalia relating to the Atlas missiles has been removed, leaving an empty silo with 20,000 square feet of expansion space. And no need to worry about noise or vibration; the entire superstructure is mounted on a spring suspension to absorb the shock of a direct nuclear hit.

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Stairway to silo, and secure looking blast doors

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On top of the silo is a modern " 2000 sq. ft., home on the surface with an open floor plan, a large garage and a wrap around porch which hides the underground structure entryway." I would blow this away and put a big glass dome on top.

Although Tipster Becca just sent us the listing from 20th Century Castles today, (2.3 million bucks) It was shown on Make last October and was offered on the Silohome website last April, so it may well be off the market by now.

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But imagine, a constant 58 degrees, no heating bill, a 20,000 storage and playroom and when you lock that door at night, ain't nobody going be bothering you.