Nathan Gradoville

Arch 510 / Fall 2018

Seed Lottery is an Atlas F Missile Silo renovation project located in Wilbur, NE. This project aims to tell an entire story through one form of representation, the section. The section becomes extremely important when renovating an abandoned Atlas F Missile Silo, because most of the program will be underground. The silo is reimagined through a fantastical narrative and a hybridized drawing technique. The Seed Lottery is held once every spring and provides the farmers of the surrounding region with seed for the upcoming growing season. In a future where agriculture is controlled by the government, seed is delivered via GPS controlled vessels which are ejected from a repurposed Atlas F Missile Silo. The delivery process became extremely popular because of its carnivalesque characteristics. The government, taking advantage of this opportunity, built a stadium over the silo and created the greatest spectacle of the plains. With its growing popularity, this small institution has become a large establishment with high security and a nationally large fan base. In order to keep the show afloat, much labor is needed within the silo to keep the massive crowd above satisfied. The celebratory atmosphere of the stadium and the gritty entourage within the silo is segmented by the ground plane providing different perspectives of the event.