After three years of restoration work, a former WW2 air raid bunker in Hamburg, Germany has been transformed into a renewable energy power plant.
It will meet heating requirements of around 3,000 households and the electricity needs of around 1,000 homes, cutting carbon emissions by 95 per cent, or around 6,600 tons per year.
Read more: Inhabitat | Design For a Better World!
Hamburg’s New Energy Bunker is a Former Air Raid Shelter Turned Renewable Power Plant Energiebunker Hamburg IBA – Gallery Page 2 – Inhabitat – Sustainable Design Innovation, Eco Architecture, Green Building.
This is a cute article from Inhabit, especially if you read it in the voice of Stephan from SNL.
Moscow’s newest restaurant and nightclub is so hip it’s underground- literally! Developers have transformed a massive abandoned Cold War-era bunker 213 feet beneath the city’s surface into a museum, restaurant, spa and club. The complex fuses futurism and history into spaceship-like building that certainly offers a unique place to take in a meal!
via Cold War-Era Russian Bunker Transformed Into Massive Club Beneath Moscow’s Streets | Inhabitat – Sustainable Design Innovation, Eco Architecture, Green Building.
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.
Go see it via Recycled Concrete Bunkers in Albania Get New Uses : TreeHugger.