Elon Musk has announced plans to build a medieval watchtower made entirely of "life-size LEGO-type bricks" made of earth dug in underground tunnels.
The billionaire's Boring Company uses massive machines to dig tunnels capable of supporting high-speed transit systems under cities.
The materials extracted from the projects will be used to build the strange sound observation station at the company's headquarters in Hawthorne, California.
The Boring Company plans to start selling the recycled bricks in two months, although it is not yet clear where they will be available.
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Elon Musk has announced plans to build a medieval watchtower made entirely of "life-size LEGO-type bricks" made of earth dug in underground tunnels. The billionaire was recently seen smoking a joint during a podcast, perhaps leading to his last inspiration
Musk made the announcement via Twitter, where he also confirmed that the Boring Company bricks will be delivered free of charge when used for affordable housing construction projects.
Writing on Twitter, the billionaire said: "About to finish the first TBC HQ building made with Boring Bricks in the form of a medieval watchtower.
& # 39; First Boring Brick store opening in ~ two months. Only 10 cents per brick! Rated for California seismic loads.
& # 39; The bricks will be free if they are used for affordable housing projects & # 39;
Musk & s Boring Company uses massive machines to dig tunnels that can support high-speed transit systems under cities. The materials extracted from the projects will be used to build the strange observation post at the company's headquarters in California. In the image is the president of the LEGO Group Jorgen Vig Knudstorp with some bricks of novel size
Musk made the announcement via Twitter, where he also confirmed that the bricks will be delivered free of charge when used for affordable housing construction projects.
The CEO of Tesla and Space X first tweeted an image of his company's underground drilling machine in February 2017 with the title "Minecraft", a reference to the popular videogame in which players dig large tunnel networks to obtain resources.
In January, Boring Company submitted plans to build the 6.5-mile (10.5 km) axis under Culver City, California, at a board meeting.
He started working on a test site under the SpaceX headquarters in Los Angeles late last year. Musk announced plans to sell LEGO-type blocks in March.
In the photo you can see the Torrelodones watchtower, in Madrid, photographed at sunset. It is not clear how Elon Musk plans to design the headquarters to look like emblematic medieval architecture
The company uses massive drilling machines to dig tunnels that can support high-speed transit systems under Los Angeles, as well as other cities such as Baltimore and Chicago in the future.
He tweeted that, instead of getting rid of the surplus land eliminated as part of his network of tunnels, he planned to recycle it.
He said that these rocks, dug under Washington, DC and Los Angeles, could be used to create sculptures and buildings.
"Real-sized LEGO-type interlocking bricks made of tunnel-effect rock that you can use to create sculptures and buildings," Musk wrote at the time.
"Rated for California seismic loads, so super strong, but boring in the middle, like an airplane wing stringer, so it's not heavy."
On its website, the company affirms that the creation of bricks will reduce the environmental impacts of its projects, since cement production represents four percent of global CO2 emissions.
"Life-sized LEGO-type bricks made of rock from tunnels that you can use to create sculptures and buildings," Musk tweeted in March.
The company had already hinted at these plans on the FAQ page on its website. & # 39; The first kit will be ancient Egypt: pyramids, sphinxes, temple of Horus, etc. & # 39 ;, Musk wrote on Twitter
The billionaire SpaceX also joked; "And they said that I would never be a rock star …" On the website, the company states that the creation of bricks will reduce the environmental impacts of their projects
He later complained that he felt his joke had been "deeply ungrateful." "It's a joke about being a rock star because of the digging tunnels (through, uh, rock, hello?) It's deeply underrated," he wrote on Twitter.
"The first kit will be ancient Egypt: pyramids, sphinx, temple of Horus, etc.," Musk wrote later on his Twitter.
The SpaceX billionaire also joked: "And they said he would never be a rock star …", then complained that his mockery had not been appreciated.
"It turns out to be a joke about being a 'rock' star because of the digging tunnels (through, uh, rock, hello?) It's not appreciated too much," he added.
This is not the only Boring Company merchandise that Musk has decided to create.
His latest novelty item was flamethrower retail at $ 500 (£ 351) each, which he announced in January.
The company sold 20,000 of them, and Musk tweeted at the time that it's guaranteed that they would cheer up any party! & # 39;
This is not the only Boring Company merchandise that Musk has decided to create. His latest novelty item was a flamethrower for $ 500 (£ 351) each.
Each flamethrower, he said, comes with a free fire extinguisher and buyers had to accept certain conditions before obtaining the device
"When the zombie apocalypse happens, you'll be glad you bought a flamethrower," he tweeted in late January.
"It works against hordes of the living dead or we'll give you your money back!"
Each flamethrower, he said, comes with a free fire extinguisher and buyers must accept certain conditions before placing the device in the spring.
The company also offered a $ 30 fire extinguisher (£ 21), whose sales have now also ended.
The company said: "Buy an Excess Price Extinguisher in the boring company! You can definitely buy one for less somewhere else, but this one comes with a great sticker and the button is conveniently on top. "
"I know it's a little off the mark, but kids love it," Musk wrote of the flamethrower when he first announced it.
Most people initially assumed that the South African businessman was joking.
WHAT IS THE PLAN & BORING & # 39; FROM ELON MUSK?
When Elon Musk first announced his plans to open a tunnel at his SpaceX offices in Los Angeles, it was hard to know if he was simply expressing his frustrations at being stuck in traffic.
"The traffic is driving me crazy, I'm going to build a tunnel boring machine and start digging …" he wrote on Twitter in December 2016.
He finished his rant on the social networking site with: "In fact, I'm going to do this."
The tunneling company of the billionaire & # 39; The Boring Company & # 39; has presented its plans to build a 10.5-mile (10.5 km) axis under Culver City, California, at a council meeting. In the photo, an image shared by Musk in October of the test tunnel of the firm in Los Angeles
The billionaire first tweeted an image of his company's boring machine in February 2017 with the title "Minecraft", a reference to the popular videogame in which players dig large networks of tunnels to obtain resources.
On Monday, January 22, 2018, Boring Company presented plans to build the 6.5-mile (10.5 km) shaft under Culver City, California, at a board meeting.
According to plans, the private capital tunnel would transport cars with "electric skids" at 240 kilometers per hour to help with the congestion of "soul destruction" in Los Angeles.
The proposed route passes west of Los Angeles passing under Sepulveda Boulevard through Culver City.
The tunnel could also make the adoption of Hyperloop viable.
Hyperloop is a proposed travel method that would transport people over 600 miles per hour (965.6 kilometers per hour) between distant locations.
The first tunnel proposed by Musk will run from LAX to Culver City, then to Santa Monica, and will end at Westwood. Musk says the trip through the tunnel will last five minutes, compared to 45 minutes of normal Los Angeles traffic.
It was presented by Elon Musk in 2013, who at the time said he could take passengers 380 miles (610 km) from Los Angeles to San Francisco in 30 minutes, half the time a plane takes.
It is essentially a long tube that has been removed from the air to create a vacuum.
The pipe is suspended from the ground to protect against weather and earthquakes.
In August of 2017, Elon Musk took to the social networks to share the progress in his traffic tunnel under Los Angeles, revealing that it was big enough to fit in a Tesla Model S
This is where the current projects of the Bored Company are:
- Hawthorne: A test tunnel has been allowed and is under construction.
- the Angels: An application for excavation permit has been sent to the city of Los Angeles. The project would be a 6.5-mile (10.5 km) process test tunnel that would run within the city of Los Angeles and Culver City.
- East Coast: The Boring Company says it is working with federal and state officials on a DC to Baltimore route that would later be extended to New York. The state of Maryland has granted permission for 10.1 miles of tunnel below the state part of Baltimore-Washington. The company has published details of twin tunnels for 35 miles from downtown DC to downtown Baltimore, below New York Avenue and then to the Baltimore-Washington Parkway. In the future, this could be extended to New York.
- Chicago: The Boring Company has been selected to build a high-speed underground transportation system that, it says, will take passengers from downtown Chicago to O & # 39; Hare International Airport in a matter of minutes.