This WWII-era Bomb Shelter is Now a Vacation Resort


Imagine you’re trying to survive a zombie apocalypse. Or- wait! Even better; imagine that you’re a Europen nation just after WWII. Your country has just survived a brutal war, and you’ve got all kinds of forts, trenches, and guns lying around, but not too many hotels left standing. You need tourism dollars to help you rebuild, of course- but, how do you attract vacationers when your whole country is still built for war? You convert a bomb bunker into a vacation resort!

At least, that seems to be the inspiration for the architectural style of Belgian firm B-ILD. They have converted a World War II-era bunker into a subterranean vacation home.


Bomb Shelter Hotel Lobby


Inspired by mid-century architect Le Corbusier’s personal log cabin, Cabanon de Vacances which he built for his wife and himself, the bunker has been remodelled to make the best use of limited space available to the architects. The project was headed by architect Bruno Despierre, one of the five architects that founded B-ILD.


Bomb Shelter Living Room


Located on the Fort Hurton in the Netherlands, the raw concrete bunker is housed in less than 100 square feet.  At Fort Hurton you will find many tiny and dilapidated bunkers but for some reason, this bunker had the privilege to be selected for the makeover by a Belgian ad agency Famous (that’s a name, but we hear they are actually famous).

The ad agency introduced a contest which offered two families the chance to win a holiday retreat in this dilapidated bunker. The structure will become a holiday home for rent after the contest gets over.

On entering the bunker through a dark opening you will find a kitchen. Beyond this, there is the living and sleeping area. Bunk beds are lined the walls that serves as storage and other functions. No piece of furniture has single function.


Bomb Shelter Bunk Beds


The furnishing is kept to the minimum and everything has been customized to make optimum use of space. All the furniture can be folded or slide away or be pushed up and down so that the occupants have more space more themselves, and there are additional living spaces provided by an outdoor terrace that can be used for cooking, sunbathing or entertaining. Follow the link for some “less is more” inspiration.


Sources and Photos:  Tim Van de Velde, via Dezeen.

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is a certified GRIHA (Green Rating for Integrated Habitat Assessment) Evaluator and Trainer. He passionately follows and tweets news from the Indian solar market at India Solar Post. Anand also writes at CleanTechnica and his personal site SolarMarket.IN.