For integrators wondering how far they can push the envelope in creating a biophilic experience, look no further. This doomsday wellness bunker in Las Vegas might be a blueprint, even with 40-year-old technology.
Located on a 1.05-acre lot near the famous Las Vegas Strip and tucked beneath a 5,000-square-foot, $18 million home above, the bunker exists as a 15,000-square-foot subterranean complex outfitted with an amazing array of lighting control and wellness amenities.
The real estate listing, according to a posting on Redfin, for the home and the biophilic doomsday bunker notes:
“The fortified underground doomsday bunker has been disguised to give the occupants the feel of being on an estate in several mountainous and lush areas around the world. Pictures do not convey the vast spaciousness one feels as they step off the elevator, just like one cannot feel the Grand Canyon by seeing it in pictures.”
But, from the pictures, one can see how the bunker includes a pool, spa, waterfall, trees, guest house, barbecue fountain and 500-linear feet of floor-to-ceiling illuminated murals. The murals are of various landscape scenes such as a farm, the seashore, and wildlife.
Circadian Lighting, Courtesy of 1978
There’s no better staging ground for human-centric/circadian rhythm lighting than underground, and here, the system comes with a unique twist. While the lighting is still designed to mimic the time of day, with the various landscapes illuminated simulated day, dusk, dawn and night modes, none of it is programmed.
Las Vegas listing agent, Stephan M-Laforge of BHHS Nevada Properties, even says that it’s old fluorescent bulb technology being used, the same from when the property was built in 1978.
In order to change from day to night to dawn to dusk, the user has to physically flip the lights switches on multiple banks of fixtures, each one containing four separate colored fluorescent tube bulbs. However, the effects are striking, even playing with the design of the space.
In one particular mural, the night modes are unusually interesting because the lighting actually reflects in a way as to illuminate the homes on the seashore to emulate the interior lights of the home.
Just imagine what this might look like with a 21st-century upgrade with lighting control and fixtures!