Design Architecture Hunker in the Bunker: 9 Apocalypse-Ready Homes By Lloyd Alter Design Editor University of Toronto Lloyd Alter is Design Editor for Treehugger and teaches Sustainable Design at Ryerson University in Toronto. our editorial process Facebook Facebook Twitter Twitter Lloyd Alter Updated December 19, 2012 credit: Lloyd Share Twitter Pinterest Email Design Tiny Homes Architecture Interior Design Green Design Urban Design As noted yesterday, We live in a dangerous neighborhood, with everything from Planet X to killer comets to pole shifts threatening us, even if we get through the Mayan Apocalypse this weekend. Here are a few of the apocalypse-resistant homes we have shown over the past few years. 1 of 9 Repurposed, Recycled and Renovated Atlas Missile Base credit: silohome 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. 2 of 9 Nazi Bunker to Become Europe's Largest Solar Power Plant credit: Jerry James Stone via iPhone This isn't really a home, but is certainly apocalypse-resistant. A former Nazi bunker located in the Wilhelmsburg district of Hamburg, Germany is about to get a full-scale makeover. The building, which sorta looks like a giant LEGO, is set to become Europe's largest renewable energy power plant. 3 of 9 How To Build A Underground Shelter With A Shipping Container credit: Grzegorz Petrykowski/Shutterstock Here's two memes in one, shipping containers for the apocalypse: The abundance of shipping containers means that they've popped up as housing, as schools, funhouses, shopping malls and as emergency shelters. And now for the survivalists among us, there's the underground shipping container bunker too. 4 of 9 Creative Recycling: Bunker to Apt Rms w Vu credit: Migrated Image There are a lot of bunkers in Germany, and a lot of conversions. What do you do with a bunker like this? Archivolver put a house on it. The lower part of it is being turned into an art gallery. 5 of 9 Bunker Turned Into Studios by Index Architects credit: INDEX architekten It is a World War II bunker in Frankfurt that had been previously disguised as a house because it was too expensive to demolish. In a crappy part of town, "a no man’s land between heaps of gravel and dumps, piled-up recycling-products and containers that await their shipping", the architects decided to rise above it all and build artists' studios and the Institute of New Media on top, a box sitting on a table. The heavy concrete bunker was turned into musician's studios. 6 of 9 New Buildings from Old Bunkers in Bremen credit: Bunkerwhonen There are a lot of bunkers in Bremen and around Germany; after WWII most were left in their original form "due to a so-called "civil protection commitment" to keep the building free in case of an emergency requiring people to use it for protection again." After the reunification of Germany this became less of an issue, and architect Rainer Mielke was able to begin converting them into housing. 7 of 9 Recycled Concrete Bunkers in Albania Get New Uses credit: Alicja Dobrucka In Albania, there were 750,000 bunkers. Many of them still exist. To the younger generation of Albanians they are not a bitter legacy, instead "the bunkers are our cathedrals" and they are recycling them for use as an arts centre, tattoo parlour, nightclubs, storage facilities, hostel and restaurants. 8 of 9 Laugh at the Apocalypse In Your Vivos Shelter credit: Vivos That doesn't look like much, but it is the entrance to an underground shelter that can accommodate 80 people for a year, in relative comfort. 9 of 9 Build a Solid Wood Safe Room In Your House with the HabiFrame Storm Shelter credit: habiframe Finally, if you can't get out of town or don't have a bunker, you can build your own safe room in your house, which can resist " a 2-inch x 4-inch, 15 lb. missile propelled at 100 mph, which simulates identical debris being propelled horizontally by a 250 mph tornado."