Designing Your Bunker and Utilizing Space


When bygone era equipment and modern day creativity collide, they present themselves with vastly interesting results. The outcome of thoughts and ideas that have come from two eras, with the older being the base or the inspiration or even the setting for the new idea to take form. Here are a few examples of innovative ways to design underground bunkers and to utilize the cavernous space that they provide.

In the age of the Second World War, Germany was one of the instigating epicenters of the war and the city of Frankfurt was under fire with as much as eight Allied air raids. The city contains many WWII era bunkers located along the East Harbor. Index Archetekten, a German architecture firm converted one of them into a modern recording studio. The bunker has been left intact and the firm constructed a building atop the structure due to the damage sustained by the structure during air raids. The building holds the studio and the structure is used as the musician’s living quarters.

China, during the 70s, constructed around two thousand bunkers in Shanghai. The government has put a few of those bunkers in the market and one them has been turned into a famous nightclub aptly called ‘The Shelter’. The area has over 6,500 sq. ft of space and the atmosphere created by the bunker lends a unique vibe and feel to the place. The slightly mellow and dark setting is aided by the original structure being left untouched and furnished with themed furniture and design. The acoustics of the place also make for a one of a kind experience.

A very unique modern day conversion is the Tea House On Bunker in Vreeswijk, The Netherlands. The structure is built over the old structure and it uses the grounded weight of the bunker as a counter balance to allow the modern steel structure to stand at seeming impossibly angles. There is a section of the structure which has over two meters space between the ground and itself. The structure was designed and constructed by UNStudio and they changed the older structure minimally and the new structure is removable and can be fit into and removed from the older structure.

The Bahnhof Data Center in Sweden is also equally impressive. The bunker is located a hundred feet under Stockholm and new houses the data center for Bahnhof, a Swedish internet service provider who bought the facility to take advantage of the dark characteristics of the facility. The bunker has more than 12,000 sq. ft of space and has simulated daylight and also various greenhouses with waterfalls adorning the walls. The structure boasts a sixteen inch thick door and it can withstand a strike from a hydrogen bomb. The Data Center also provides storage for private servers with WikiLeaks server being situated in its caverns.

The new age has allowed for these old bunkers to be used creatively and for different purposes than they were originally planned for. The Data Center for example, still utilizes the security provided by protecting sensitive information and others such as the Tea House make use of the bunkers to make modern art in conjunction with the most complex of structural physics. Indeed, these are testaments to human creativity.


Kelly is an interior designer who has been involved in the redesigning of old underground bunkers into modern day habitats and cultural centers. Kelly has also worked on medieval structures and her knowledge of the underground styles and spaces has helped her create unique identities for her designs.To know more click on Mantri Realty