Explore an 80-Room Nazi Bunker Converted Into a Home and Gallery

Explore an 80-Room Nazi Bunker Converted Into a Home and Gallery

It takes a very specific kind of sensibility to live in the ruins of monstrous regime, but art collectors Karen and Christian Boros have it. The couple and their kids live in a bunker with six-foot-thick concrete walls, originally built to hold 3,000 people during air raids in Berlin, in 1942.

This is the Boros Residence, a 32,000 square bunker in Berlin that now plays host to the Boros and their kids, who live in a sprawling penthouse designed by Jens Casper. In the video tour below, pointed out today by ArchDaily, we meet the family and get a tour of their home, which includes a massive amount of art, both contemporary and otherwise, including a painting of Mary and Jesus owned by the first Medici Pope (it was “probably too pornographic, so the Vatican sold it,” says Christian).

ArchDaily’s Gili Merin has more about the building’s history:

In case of attack, the bunker, with 180 cm (six feet) walls and a three meter (nine feet) deep ceiling, could house and protect 3,000 seated people distributed over five floors. The design by Karl Bonatz strictly followed the guidelines of Albert Speer, the Third Reich’s head architect and a member of Hitler’s inner circle. In the years following the fall of the Nazi regime, the bunker embraced varying functions – from a tropical fruit wearhouse (known to locals as the “Banana Bunker”) to the locale for hard-core fetish and techno parties in the 1990’s – until it was forced to shut down by the police in 1995.

If you’re in Berlin, it seems as though the galleries in some of its 80 rooms are actually often open to visitors, too.

 

We’ve seen former air raid bunkers converted into all manner of spaces over the past few years: In fact, in Hamburg, a former Nazi bunker was just reopened as a renewable energy plant. Living inside one of these space, though, is whole different proposition. Would you consider it? Tell me below. [Freunde von FreundenArchDaily]

Lead image: Ailine Liefeld for Freunde von Freunden.

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4 thoughts on “Explore an 80-Room Nazi Bunker Converted Into a Home and Gallery”

  1. Why not? In fact, I watched nearly every WC match in one, because friends of mine actually do live in an old bunker. You can’t really destroy them that easily, and they are usually in the big cities where space is rare…I have seen houses built on them, and I have seen some of them made habitable. There is a certain satisfaction in seeing them in peaceful use.

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    1. I agree. I’ve been to the bunker hitler died in… but.. it’s nothing… they built a parking lot over it. Such a waste of a cool underground space that could have been used as something better.

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      1. Well…I get that this specific one might be a little bit uncomfortable…but the other ones, they are just buildings, which might have even rescued some innocent lives.

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  2. How true: “there is no problem solution”, only replacing old problems by new ones…
    The aura of the space is captivating, and seeing this family inhabiting it almost conveys a feeling of coziness… I’d choose to live in a different place, though. But it’s impressive to watch.

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