An air raid shelter turned loft

Posted on Sun, 6 Oct 2013 by KiM

My dream of living in a loft has never wavered, and the idea of living in a very industrial loft and having the challenge of warming the space up has always been intriguing. This loft isn’t necessarily all that warm and cozy, but I really love the dramatic vibe it gives off. It is a former Nazi air raid shelter (complete with WWII bullet holes) erected in 1942 in central Berlin, and is the home of ad agency founder and publisher, Christian Boros, and his wife, Karen. Formerly devoid of natural light, the homeowners had the 3000 sq m bunker completely reconfigured and added massive windows. They have an amazing collection of furniture (and art of course – love the upside down head!), and the dark flooring and concrete walls make it dark and moody but the windows keep it fairly bright. Oh, to have that much space….. (via Freunde von Freunden)

Sandra says:

Transformation is always met with skepticism. They have filled a dark place with light, in every way. I hope we can learn from them.

Sandra says:

I love the contrast of the soft drapes, warm wood, and rich vibrant colours against the hard cool concrete.

Affinity says:

Buy an EMF reader and go ghost hunting.

Brett says:

Cheap real estate yah.

Loven-Loven says:

ay que vivir en un bunker nazi por mas precioso diseño que tenga …

Brad says:

Someone who has lived 20 years in the Ward Willits house – Frank Lloyd Wright's prairie style masterpiece here in Chicago – sadly committed suicide a couple weeks ago. Shall I summon the bulldozers?

oregonbird says:

For a building meant to preserve life during war, it's getting a lot of presumptions tossed at it. Since I love brutalist, industrial and an austere aesthetic, this is a go for me!

Kierin says:

Can you share the source of the west highland terrier sculpture.

Desire to Inspire says:

Looks like a Jeff Koons Puppy vase. If real (and there is no need to doubbt considering how much this house would have cost) it is several thousand dollars a pup.

Mea says:

This real estate is very, very far from being cheap.
I just live around the corner from this bunker and always wondered what the owner's apartment on top might look like.
It's quite impressive.
A bunker doesn't have to be a bad thing; it saved lives and gave people shelter, I guess they were pretty happy about it then.
If you wouldn't want to live in places in Berlin where something war-related or with war history happened, you couldn't live anywhere.
So i am totally with Sandra and minimal couture.
Go and recycle.

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