World War II Bunker Turned Vacation Home

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Who would have thought that an old Dutch bunker could become a vacation home?

 

Belgian architecture firm “B-ILD” managed to transform this historic bunker, once used as a barrier to protect Holland’s numerous waterways. Fortunately, after an almost-impossible overhaul makeover, it’s now a unique and welcoming vacation home. It may still look a little horrifying from the outside, but once you get inside, it’s just as relaxing as can be!

 

There are many tiny, severe, and dilapidated bunkers at Fort Huron, but for some reason, this one had the good fortune to be selected by a Belgian ad agency for an improbable makeover (people could enter a contest to win a vacation there). “We decided to keep the interior stark, since we only wanted to foresee the basic needs for visitors,” [said] architect Bruno Despierre… ” All furniture can fold or slide away or be pushed up and down.”

 

Visitors enter the bunker through a dark opening, and soon come upon a simple kitchen, which was constructed inside an recess in the monolithic concrete walls. The main space is both a living and sleeping area, with bunk beds that also serve as storage, and stools used as both bedside and coffee tables.

 

“The design concept was to create a flexible and adjustable interior that could fit four people inside,”... The bunker’s “windows,” appropriately, are more akin to pinholes.

 

Visitors enter through a dark opening until they reach the kitchen.

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