Ride out doomsday in a stylish missile silo (photos)
With reinforced concrete walls up to 9 feet thick, this Kansas missile silo could withstand a nuclear strike. Today it's a sold-out condo complex opening in a few months.
Deluxe doomsday living
For years, Larry Hall, a former software engineer, has been working to turn a '60s-era Atlas F missile silo in north-central Kansas into luxury lockdown residences in preparation for inevitable end-times. He says all units in the Apocalypse-proof complex sold out this month, and there's even a waiting list.
This conceptual drawing of the 14-story deluxe post-apocalypse home in the ground includes a silo cap with bullet-proof windows for observing the ruins of our planet, a food supply that could feed 70 people indefinitely, and supplies of purified water.
Not shown is an attached two-story subterranean structure, for a total of 45,000 square feet of off-grid, nuclear-hardened living.
Built at a cost of some $15 million each, Atlas F ICBM launch sites were deployed in the 1960s to deter Soviet attacks amid the Cold War. Survival Condo developer Larry Hall says his is the only Atlas F silo to be fully converted and modernized.
Workers install rebar in this 1960s silo construction photo. The walls were built up to 9 feet thick to withstand nuclear attacks and shock waves traveling more than 2,000 mph. Survival Condo packs some 600 tons of rebar in its walls.
How to lock-down in style: This view of a residential floor of the silo shows the bedrooms, kitchen areas, and living rooms that residents would use. Video screens would compensate for the lack of windows.