Whether it’s biological warfare or a zombie apocalypse that triggers the end of the world, founder of Vivos Group Robert Vicino wants you to be prepared. His company designs, builds, and maintains massive fortified shelters where high net-worth families can buy space and live out Armageddon in style.
Vicino recently took Vice on a tour of Vivos Indiana, a Cold War-era bunker off US Highway 41 that’s been gutted and refurbished. The story inspired us to look for 3D renderings, concept art, and other glimpses at Vivos’ shelters to get an idea of what it’s actually like to live in one.
Answer: It beats a shoebox apartment any day of the week.
The company builds bunkers deep underground to survive or mitigate any threat scenario, including manmade and natural disasters.
Residents enter their private or shared shelter through a set of blast doors, which should withstand heavy artillery or explosives.
Vivos Indiana, one of the company's most fortified structures, accommodates up to 80 people for a one-year stay.
It has everything a family might need, from medical supplies to working plumbing, so there's no reason to resurface.
Accommodations at Vivos Indiana cost a one-time fee of $35,000 per adult and $25,000 per child. Discounts may be awarded if the tenant provides an unmet skill set.
After lockdown, residents can get to know each other in the common area, which boasts 12-foot-high ceilings and wood dining tables.
The kitchen cupboards pack 60 varieties of freeze-dried food and canned goods, including decadent entrées like spaghetti aglio e olio topped with skillet fried steak chunks.
Unfortunately, according to the Vivos Indiana blueprint, there are only five toilets and two showers for the 80 residents' use.
Bedrooms line the perimeter of the common area, and are split into four-person and six-person suites.
Bunk beds dressed in 600-thread-count ivory sheets and duvet covers look comfy, but present some rather awkward intimacy issues.
This sound-proofed pocket of the bunker contains two generators that run on diesel fuel. The 30,000-gallon tank offers a year's supply.
Meanwhile, in Germany, Vivos is in the middle of remodeling Europa One -- its most ambitious shelter yet.
During the Cold War, the Soviets carved a fortress for military equipment and ammunition out of limestone bedrock in the sleepy village of Rothenstein, Germany.
Five kilometers of continuous tunnels form individual chambers, which Vivos packages as separate living quarters.
Residents will hire their own architects and contractors to design chambers to their own specifications.
Upon completion, Europa One will house a swimming pool, hair salon, hydroponic garden, nursery, TV and radio station, hospital, and more.
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