Originally built to serve as a bomb shelter during World War II, it was designed to house and protect the lives of nearly 8,000 people. The space remained abandoned for close to 70 years until entrepreneurs Richard Ballard and Steven Dring decided to turn it into the world’s first subterranean farm called Growing Underground.
via An Underground WWII Bomb Shelter in London Has Been Converted Into the World’s Largest Subterranean Hydroponic Farm | Colossal.
For 41 years Albania was a very poor and scarey place. Under Enver Hoxha’s paranoid dictatorship, it was an isolated country in constant fear of attack. Between 1967 and 1986 he had 750,000 concrete bunkers built: that’s one for every four Albanians. All in preparation for an enemy that never came.
Many of them still exist. To the younger generation of Albanians they are not a bitter legacy, instead “the bunkers are our cathedrals” and they are recycling them for use as an arts centre, tattoo parlour, nightclubs, storage facilities, hostel and restaurants.
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