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Bunkers Become Apartments

I was reading an interesting article this morning in the local news and discovered German architects Rainer Mielke and Claus Freudenberg (from nearby Bremen) and their current project called Bunker Wohnen. Here in my new country you can find many remains from World War II, in particular unoccupied bunkers with vines growing all over them…  Perhaps this will now change. These innovative architects thought up the idea of turning bunkers into affordable apartments and here’s a sneak peek of how they’re being transformed below.

Bunker Wohnen

Bunker Wohnen

This project is so interesting and I think you may like to learn more about it so click here to read the full article in English. “Some 2,000 bunkers still stand in Germany, and Mielke’s project could become an integral part of repurposing the cement structures.” As an American living in Germany, I hope so! It’s innovative and fresh, provides housing, and is a smart and progressive idea.

(images: bunker wohnen)

Posted by decor8 in uncategorized on August 31, 2009

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  1. trish commented
    August 31st, 2009 at 8:36am

    The interior feels clean, light and mod– makes for a perfect creative/ artist’s space. I have great appreciation for the redo rather than the tear down. Cool story.
    .-= trish´s last blog ..Clear Design for Interiors =-.

  2. Ilona commented
    August 31st, 2009 at 8:58am

    This is one of the best ways to get rid of the war traces. Beautiful idea, beautiful architecture.
    .-= Ilona´s last blog ..Skirtukas gi jis ar si?l? laikiklis??? Hmmm… =-.

  3. juliette commented
    August 31st, 2009 at 9:21am

    oh now this is encouraging! There’s such a housing shortage in so many areas of Germany, so this is a cool way to develop.

    I’m curious how they keep the dank-ness out…have to go read it!
    .-= juliette´s last blog ..Free Printables for Jams and Cans =-.

  4. rose commented
    August 31st, 2009 at 9:51am

    great, thank you for this one… i’ve seen these projects from outside, and now I know, how they look inside…

    all best, rose
    .-= rose´s last blog ..hip hip, up up =-.

  5. Leigh commented
    August 31st, 2009 at 11:52am

    I love this!! So beautiful and agree it is a great way of getting rid of the darkness of the past. Let the light shine :)

  6. Jennifer commented
    August 31st, 2009 at 11:53am

    What a wonderful idea! The interior is stunning!
    .-= Jennifer´s last blog ..Etsy Finds: Autumnal Inspired Jewelry =-.

  7. Petra :-) commented
    August 31st, 2009 at 3:38pm

    I like the idea very much since I heard from it first some time ago..there is a bunker not far away from our home and I am excited to have a look inside if it´s possible when they finished the work once.
    .-= Petra :-)´s last blog ..invitation :-) =-.

  8. French Blast commented
    August 31st, 2009 at 10:26pm

    I love this idea! Very great

  9. shelly commented
    September 1st, 2009 at 3:09pm

    In Brittany, France, they turned a bunker in to a shopping center. it looked very cool. What a way to profit off of this sad reminder!
    .-= shelly´s last blog heartini =-.

  10. pixie commented
    September 1st, 2009 at 8:18pm

    That’s so cool. There’s a place in Alexadria, Louisiana that’s similar but not clearly so cool and well designed, but they took the old army base houses and renovated them into an assisted living / retirement community. It was pretty cool that elderly people in the area who couldn’t live on their own could still have their own little house but be connected to medical and emergency facilities when needed.
    .-= pixie´s last blog ..So Charming =-.

  11. Kristin commented
    September 2nd, 2009 at 9:59am

    Great blog post, Holly. It’s very interesting! I think it’s a great idea… to not only “get rid of the war traces” as someone mentioned above… but it’s just smart development! Why not use existing buildings? Especially ones with a historical link to them? I wish America were better at this. It seems our answer to everything, more often then not, is to tear it down.
    .-= Kristin´s last blog ..Inspired Interview* Ivey Handcrafted =-.

  12. Penny Patten commented
    September 5th, 2009 at 8:34am

    Wow, this is fantastic, lets hope that it takes off! What a great and big, no huge project for them to take on.
    .-= Penny Patten´s last blog ..My Newest Old Obsession =-.

  13. Kiran commented
    September 26th, 2009 at 11:54pm

    What a great plan to banish war traces! It’s so airy, full of light and life :) Hopeful for a great success.
    .-= Kiran´s last blog ..Diane van Furstenberg =-.

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