Lipton Plant Architects converts WWII bunker into vacation home
British studio Lipton Plant Architects is set to convert a windowless WWII bunker in Dorset, England into a holiday home.
The studio was granted planning permission to create a two-bedroom vacation rental property in the bunker, which was originally built in 1939 but has long been abandoned.
“We take a windowless concrete bunker from WWII that sits in a mound of earth and has not been discovered for over 70 years, and open several ‘bomb explosion’ openings with glazing behind it. “, said Lipton Factory Architects co-founder Edward Lipton.
“We are preparing spaces to receive views, light, inhabitants for the first time,” he told Dezeen.
Created as part of the Chain Home radar detection system – a ring of radar stations built by the Royal Air Force during World War II – the 76 square meter bunker is located near Weymouth on the UK’s south coast.
The interior of the bunker will be transformed into two bedrooms next to a kitchen, a living space and a bathroom.
Since the bunker has no windows, the studio creates two bomb-shaped windows to let light into the vacation home. One will be in the living space and the other in one of the bedrooms.
“A play on the history of the building, the windows create an illusion, a modern, domestic, high-tech and durable home, reflecting and receiving not the radar of darkness but light,” explained Lipton.
“This new view from the bunker, across the forest across the land and seascape, has no threat on the horizon!”
With the exception of the bomb-proof windows, the exterior appearance of the bunker will largely remain the same.
Inside, the vacation home will have exposed concrete walls, as the architecture studio aims to retain the building’s original atmosphere.
“We are working with the bunker, not against it,” Lipton said.
“We questioned its materials, colors, textures, details, uses and previous equipment and put together a relevant palette that is recognizable but playing with these references to offer a unique, specific, playful space that is faithful to its past.”
Along with vacation homes, like this one in the Netherlands, bunkers are being converted to a variety of uses.
Petr Hájek Architekti created a pet crematorium in a Cold War bunker in the Czech Republic, while South Korean studio CoRe Architects transformed a tank bunker near Seoul into a creative hub.