My Zombie Fortress!

You might seriously think about building your own Zombie Fortress. Seriously. Are you truly prepared for the coming Zombie Apocalypse? The CDC (Center for Disease Control) thinks you should be prepared too.

“…There are all kinds of emergencies out there that we can prepare for. Take a zombie apocalypse for example. That’s right, I said z-o-m-b-i-e a-p-o-c-a-l-y-p-s-e. You may laugh now, but when it happens you’ll be happy you read this, and hey, maybe you’ll even learn a thing or two about how to prepare for a real emergency…” – CDC

Wow! Looks like the U.S. government is taking the zombie threat seriously. I thought maybe I should too, so I designed a Zombie Fortress! Out of steel shipping containers!

Zombie Fortress

My Zombie Fortress comes complete with four dual 50 caliber gun turrets mounted on four watchtowers which secure the entire 300’x200′ perimeter. 1000 feet of 16 foot tall wall. A huge 11,000+ square foot Container Castle.

The compound is surrounded by multiple levels of anti-zombie security measures.


Zombie Fortress Wall



Added Razor wire and sandbags to the perimeter wall.

Zombie Fortress Razor Wire

The outer perimeter is secured by 16 foot tall steel walls constructed of 48 reinforced steel shipping containers stretching 1000 feet in length around the entire outer perimeter.  The lower level of the wall is 8′ feet thick and filled with dirt to provide protection against large hoards of zombies, or the occasional human infiltration attempts, stray bullets, explosives, or breach attempts by large vehicles, and should be adequate protect against armored vehicles such as personnel carriers or even tanks.

[***TOP SECRET: It appears as though there is no way inside the Zombie Fortress complex, but there is. You’ll just have to trust me on that one No! It’s not tunnels. And even if it were, I wouldn’t tell you.***]


Zombie Fortress Watch Towers

There are four 40′ tall steel guard towers, each complete with dual 50 caliber sentry guns capable of wiping out even the largest of zombie hoards.

[***TOP SECRET: In the event large piles of zombie corpses start to pile up and a breach of the wall security is eminent, there are automated counter measures in place which remove the danger of a perimeter breach by piles of corpses.***]


Zombie Fortress Compound Yard

Beyond the 16 foot tall steel reinforced wall, the interior compound is fortified by a large open expanse of land with no trees, bushes, or shrubbery that can be used to conceal a zombie threat, or surprise the inhabitants of the container castle keep.


Zombie Fortress Moat

What castle would be complete without a moat? What? You think I’d be silly enough to fill it with water? Come on!

[***TOP SECRET: I’d tell you what’s in the moat, but I’d have to kill you. Suffice it to say, any zombies that try to traverse this 20 foot wide trench won’t exist any more.***]


The last and final structure is the Zombie Fortress’s super sized container castle.

Zombie Fortress Castle

The container castle is fortified by structurally reinforced 14 gauge steel walls, and solid steel plating at weak points.

Notice there are no windows on the lower levels. This is to further strengthen the defense against any breach at ground level. There are 4 stories not counting the basement level which cannot be shown here for security reasons. There are two ways in and out of the castle, and it is designed to house all our vehicles. The front and rear gates are also made of steel, and reinforced to withstand the strongest zombie attack.

[***TOP SECRET: There is a counter measure on each of the front and rear entrances which will deter or completely stop almost any infiltration or direct attack.***]


Zombie Fortress Interior

Zombie Fortress Interior

Container Castle Specifications: (include prices)

  • 35 Steel (ISBU) 40′ Shipping Containers $70,000
  • 16 Bedroom 8 Bath “Zombie Fortress”
  • - 11,200 square feet of livable floor space
  • - 3200 square feet of warehouse/courtyard space
  • TOTAL SQUARE FT = 14,400

Power System: Combined wind and solar system provides energy in any weather conditions.

  • - 12,000 Watt Solar Panel Array (48 500 Watt PV panels) = $20,000
  • - 40,000 Watt Quad Vertical Helix Mag-Lev Wind Turbine System = $100,000
Material Costs:
  • Design Drawings/Floor Plan = $1000
  • Building Permits = $3000
  • Foundation = $20,000
  • Plumbing = $5000
  • Electrical = $5000
  • Heating/Cooling/Ducting = $10000
  • Carpet (1000 yards) = $5000
  • Flooring (bathrooms & kitchen) = $5000
  • Drywall/Paneling/Paint = $10,000
  • Cabinets/Counters $10000
  • Hardware/Toilets/Tubs/Showers = $10000
  • Lighting = $10000
  • Windows = $25000
  • Doors (20) = $5000
  • Roofing = $5000
  • Landscaping = $2500
  • Electrical and Trim Fixtures = $5000
  • MISC OVERAGES = $5000

SUB TOTAL = $331,500

Perimeter Wall Specifcations:
  • 48 Steel (ISBU) 40′ Shipping Containers $96,000
  • 1000 foot long
  • 16 foot high
  • 8 feet thick
TOTAL MATERIALS PRICE: $427,500 (not including labor or sentry guns) ;)
Zombie Fortress Exterior

The Zombie Fortress complete with container castle, moat, and perimeter wall,  is heavily fortified against hoards of attacking zombies.

This is serious zombie apocalypse defense. It’s not for the faint of heart or those with shallow pockets, but should in the end protect a large group of people from the zombie hoards indefinitely.


What is a Zombie Apocalypse?
Preparedness 101: Zombie Apocalypse
Anti-Zombie Fortress


  1. Dan says

    Well, it’s cool and great re-use of shipping containers. Pretty strong too. More to worry about than zombies though. What about NBC attacks, 2-10 feet of concrete-like volcanic ash? Shoot, in any type of civil unrest of a non-zombie nature regular humans with guns are a problem here as shipping containers aren’t bulletproof in the least and the material to make an 11- 14,000 sq. ft anything bulletproof would be in the millions and you’d still be easily over run and defeated by any band of culprits with a bulldozer. Here’s my solution… Do the house almost exactly the same, but do it in a hole and bury the whole thing except the courtyard and put Level V balistic polycarbonate over the courtyard(s). Now you’re about invisible, totally bulletproof, nothing can drive through and destroy your structure, you can sustain basically any weight and you can use the courtyard(s) as a greenhouses by rigging some south facing mirrors to direct more light into them. Oh, and we just heated it all for free that way too. Yes, only addition to materials and process is a mess of balistic polycarbonate and the digging of a big hole. Good luck.

    • says

      I think you missed the part where it says the lower container around the entire perimeter wall is filled with dirt. 8 foot thick and 8 foot tall. The top row of steel containers are welded to the bottom. Bulldozers would play hell getting through the lower wall. Those walls at the bottom act like 8 foot tall berms impervious to bullets and even small amount of explosives that might be used by small bands of human infiltrators. Not to mention zombies just aren’t smart or strong enough to get through it. ;)

  2. Jon says

    The jury is out on whether a moat is a deterrent or not (do zombies drown?) And if you have gators or something, you have to feed it/them. Also, A 16 bedroom, 8 bathroom fortress could house a lot of people. How many are you accepting? And how do you plan on growing enough food for them all? Is it like medieval times with the farmland outside and people only retreating to the castle in emergencies? Cause zombies could just stay there indefinitely, so I think you need the farmland inside….

  3. Laurent Blanchet says

    I think the problem with hordes is a simple one: you convert farming equipment into mass people choppers: protect the combine with caging in case some zombies can climb up on it, and you just drive the combine into the horde, chopping up all the zombies into a pile of zombie chunks. you have a force of soldiers taking care of any zombies that get missed: in a few hours you can “kill” a few hundred.
    the plan would entail building your fortress with lots of flat visible land (no trees) for quite a distance, and to plant crops in the inner parts of that land. The outer parts wold be left alone for the zombie-combine to take care of with a chain link fence all around it. Kind of like a prison compound…

  4. Martyn says

    It’s all good designing something like this but unless you have the money to do it (man power, tools and materials if you’re going to do it DURING the zompocalypse) its worthless.
    You could get by with just the outer perimeter, using only a single row of containers and dig a slope leading up to the wall (or just situate it on a hill I guess), that way most of the bodies will fall down the hill.
    The moat and the huge building are useless, zombies don’t drown and people can live in tents or huts, you will need as much growing space for food to sustain the compound.

  5. TZF2 says

    What about an escape rout? Zombies and hostile humans have a tendency to get through stuff. What about the dead bodies? They bring stink AND bring disease. The turrets are fine… against human invasion, but to kill a zombie, you MUST kill its brain. Snipers are probably better. Also consider adding silencers to one’s firearms to prevent early zombie attacks. Also consider reinforcing the walls with concrete and raising them a bit if possible.
    Also If what is in the moat is a Crocodile or Shark, ditch that idea; you could get killed yourself or they may not attack the sharks. Also consider how you will feed whatever is in your moat.
    Solar panels, recreation, and water distillation system is essential

  6. G Dub says

    You started with a very good, viable concept (container fortress) and made it fantastical (whimsical, unrealistic). Unless you have very deep pockets, this will never happen. Why not start thinking more rationally and see how you can actually make your concept a reality (a filled moat is a waste of precious water due to evaporation).
    I’ve been working on my own plans for a while now with the goal of completion; not fantasy. Your commenters have some very good input that I have been contemplating myself (NBC, bulldozers, snipers, etc).
    Here’s a quick suggestion: use double-wide walls that are living quarters. Place a reinforced concrete trench around a buried course of double-wides that are just below the surface (under the living quarters) and are used for storage and safe rooms (with egress tunnels, of course). Surround the entire compound with the same cable barriers that are used to separate freeway lanes of traffic (it stops vehicles). Utilize the tried and true security practices that are in use around the world (concentric areas of ever increasing security, for example). I’ve hardly scratched the surface here.
    You’re on the right track my friend, just get your head out of the clouds and be a bit more pragmatic.

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  8. Zac says

    I think you should add some CCTV cameras cause if you don’t add it , how are you going to see out . And instead of water , if possible add acid instead because then you can just let the acid dissolve the zombies and save you the trouble .

  9. Zac says

    I think you should add some CCTV cameras cause if you don’t add it , how are you going to see out . And instead of water , if possible add acid instead because then you can just let the acid dissolve the zombies and save you the trouble clearing the zombies and if you have the budget , add a helipad for quick escapes if somehow zombies get into you fortress and you should just have a backup fortress in case .

  10. Zac says

    You should also fill the inside of the steel containers with concrete for a precaution and reinforce it with steel bars .

  11. Zac says

    There’s a extremely big problem also , how much ammunition do you have , it is best you have a big underground concrete steel composite bunker to keep a lot of your precious ammunition .

  12. RC says

    Bury it. No reason to have it above ground. It’s secure and not visible to marauders. With the proper insulation, living quarters can be made to maintain a constant temperature year round with little energy input.

  13. says

    If I were creating/paying for/building something this ambitious, I would consider using a camouflage or invisible approach. Example: Build an underground complex that is entered only (well mostly) by a secret and hidden entrance. You could own a surplus AAV-7A1 amphibious armored assault vehicle for example to exit and travel outside with, then when it’s time to go home just dive into a small river or stream, travel down through the water to a concealed location and enter your complex hidden from the outside. No one could track you through the water (no tracks in water) and if the area surrounding the secret entrance were overgrown with vegetation and trees no one could see where you are actually going into your complex. Place various high tech detection devices (low light cameras, motion detectors, etc.) around the entrance set to an alarm system. Do not use flood lights, fencing, etc. that would give away your position or bring attention to where your place is. Of course, you could be followed, so would have to consider using helicopters too, but that would be a major fueling problem. Fuel production or alternatives would have to be explored. Electrical energy could be brought in via some solar/wind arrangement on top, but would have to be concealed. Communications could be that way too. Just a thought.

  14. King Steve says

    It started off as a good, practical idea but got way too fantastic with the addition of sentry guns and the like.

    Sentry guns – by which I take it you mean remote-controlled weapons systems – are multimillion-dollar pieces of equipment that would also require trained staff and a lot of resources just to maintain. And the moat on the inside, to me, doesn’t make sense. I think a better idea would be to have a ditch on the outside of the wall – perhaps have farmland on the outside of the wall and then a ditch dug around that. The spoil from the ditch could be used to make a slope on the ground just inside the ditch, making it harder for anyone caught in the ditch to escape. Ditch and slope is probably the oldest defensive technique used, and it works.

    Back to the fortress itself: as you pointed out, it’s nearly half a million dollars. I think it could be made much cheaper, however: instead of having modern plumbing and electronics, I’d say take it back to an older, simpler time. Electricity, really, is a luxury. We got by for millions of years without it and could do so again. Decent insulation and also using older plumbing techniques like flues would be cheaper, simpler, and easier to maintain. Best bet would be to learn to do without electricity: for entertainment stock up on board games, books, and other activities that don’t require power. A cheaper option for lighting could be paraffin lamps. Though at night you’d want to keep them off in rooms/buildings with windows to prevent your compound being seen at a distance.

    You could save on containers, too, by not having the corner towers, which I feel are unnecessary. Two containers high will be about 16 feet or so, which would be plenty high enough to see any zombies approaching. Without the sentry guns (Which are a waste IMO) you wouldn’t need the towers. You also wouldn’t need the razor wire or sandbags, as zombies aren’t going to be shooting at you, and effective management of incoming zombies should ensure that they never pile up to a point where they can come over the top. A better idea is to dig a trench all the way around the outside (excepting one or two entrances/exits) to keep them from even getting near the walls. If zombies reach the walls then that’s a serious incursion. Best to stop them before they get that far.

    I do like the inner chamber made up of containers. Someone else said that it’s not necessary but I think it is: best to work with the assumption that the zombies will get in, and if they do then the inner complex is a defensible position to reorganise and take back the rest of the compound. I think it’s bigger than it needs to be, though, and you should add some roofing above the open areas that seem like a courtyard. Put a roof on it and shield it from the elements. Though as I said, the moat should go; replace it with storage space or growing space for an inner farm that could be used to survive short-term if the outside were surrounded. Perhaps keep part of the moat, that said: you’d need an internal water source, should you come under siege.

    I think adjusting to live simpler would save at least $100,000 on the construction of this and make it far more practical.

  15. Eric Torres says


    I must say, your design appears well thought-out and even doable.

    Cost-wise, there are million-dollar homes all over the world, very few of them specifically designed to allow its residents to survive end-of-the-world events. So, investing half a million into a project of this type isn’t that unreasonable, especially if you consider that money – during a zombie apocalypse – might not be that important. I mean, after a while, people will probably go back to bartering for supplies, anyway.

    Logistically, it couldn’t be a last-minute option. A project of this magnitude would definitely have to be completed well before any known outbreaks of undead become known. The construction and delivery of almost 100 shipping containers alone would be a monumental task. And, if you consider the landscaping and foundation prep that would be required to install them, you will no doubt have to contract several outside sources just for that. So, we’re back to money. Easily a million-dollar project – if not multi-million dollar.

    But, hey; it’s only money. What’s that compared to one’s own survival and that of one’s family and closest friends?

    Let’s see, now. What would one need to do something like this?

    1. The threat of an end-of-the-world event – Plenty of those to go around, from pandemics to extraterrestrial invasion to zombies
    2. Enough money with which to do it – Powerball, anyone? Or, maybe hard work and good investments
    3. A plot of land on which to build the fortress – Abundance of natural resources (sunlight, running water, fertile ground)

    …and so on and so forth. The list would not be a short one, to say the least.

    Is this doable? Yes. Can it be improved? Again, yes and tailored to one’s own needs. Heck, in the realm of ideas it wouldn’t be too far-fetched to think of changing the .50 cals to phased-plasma rifles in the 40-watt range.

    But that’s a different future event.

    Still, this fortress is a great idea.


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