WWII Bunker Turned Vacation Home

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This WWII-era bunker in Vuren, the Netherlands, was refurbished by the architecture firm B-ILD for the Dutch office Famous. The structure once functioned as a defense shelter along the Nieuwe Hollandse Waterlinie. Today, the same steel and concrete space serves as a rentable holiday house and retreat nearby the urban centers of Rotterdam and Antwerp. Ideal a traveling group, the main room contains four bunk beds with slide-out storage and wooden fold-down furniture including a dining room table and chairs. Right outside the door, there is a furnished kitchenette, and, outside, back above ground, there is a new timber deck with a small picnic table and chairs. The deck and furnishings are practically the only changes to the original space; the original structure and hardware were left in place as this historical site is virtually indestructible.

Photography by Tim Van de Velde

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Holly is a poet from Kentucky. She grew up first in a Sears house, then on a farm. She studied English and Gender Studies at Mount Holyoke College and moved to Manhattan for love. As an occasional jewelry-maker and museum patron, Holly favors wearable and functional design but is eager to see work that challenges her aesthetics. Read more and connect by visiting her blog, Twitter, and LinkedIn.

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