Home in an ICBM Missile SiloIndustrial Living Room, New York
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Here you can see one of the monitors showing closed-circuit video of the world aboveground. While Michael strived to keep the space as original as possible, he did have to add some conveniences to make it more comfortable and good-looking. In the living room, for example, the original curved concrete walls of the control center created resonant sound and radiated cold air. To fix this he draped the walls completely in quilted gray fabric. “It stops the convection of air hitting the walls and cooling down,” he says. “It helps kill the sound as well.”The floor is still original “olive and drab” vinyl tile, Michael says, but the tiles were so damaged that he covered them with commercial charcoal-gray sisal carpet.Not much furniture was left behind. “I did find a desk that had been thrown down the silo, but it wasn’t good enough to restore,” Michael says. So he designed and built pieces himself, like this computer desk constructed from pieces of industrial equipment.The convex mirror on the tripod is one of several in the silo. Though Michael has backup power now, several times he had to position the mirrors during power outages to reflect sunlight from the surface, through the hallways and into the control room.