Whether spurred by the Cold War, climate change, or just the seemingly inevitable arrival of an asteroid strike, humans have gone to extraordinary trouble to plan—and build—for the worst.
From a secret treasure trove below the memorial to Oliver Wendell Holmes in DC to a retrofitted quarry in Wales, our governments have gone to great lengths to protect precious objects from ruin—and a new trove of declassified documents shine light on a new, little-known project to do just that during the Cold War.
It takes a very specific kind of sensibility to live in the ruins of monstrous regime, but art collectors Karen and Christian Boros have it. The couple and their kids live in a bunker with six-foot-thick concrete walls, originally built to hold 3,000 people during air raids in Berlin, in 1942.
The artifacts of history's greatest wars are strewn everywhere around Europe, and fewer are more visible than the remains of concrete World War II bunkers. Jonathan Andrew has been photographing these sites since 2009.
Last week, we wrote about a project in London that sounds straight up apocalyptic: A massive underground farm inside a 60-year-old bunker, originally built to protect Londoners from Nazi bombs. Now, we have video—and it's every bit as spooky as you'd think.
Some of these remarkable homes look like little more than a grassy hill—until you get inside. Plumb the depths of houses that sit largely underground.
Forget Hershel's farm. When the first signs of the apocalypse hit, you'll want to hightail it to upstate New York, where this serene cottage sits atop a Cold War-era missile silo. And several of its underground rooms are already prepped for luxury bunker living.
We've seen such luxury end-of-the-world residences as the Vivos doomsday shelters, but Vivos aren't the only folks pioneering fallout chic. Meet Edward Peden and Larry Hall. The former deals in selling bunkers to prospective homeowners and survivalists, whereas the latter is helming a residential development known as…
You might be familiar with Pink Visual, a major porn player, because you've possibly masturbated to some of their work. If and when the world ends in 2012, they don't want that to stop. So let's build a bang bunker.
Doesn't matter if I'm riding out Hurricane Irene or the latest zombiepacolypse, there's absolutely no reason for me to huddle in a cramped, dank vault like some goddamn refugee.
When explosives begin raining from the sky, it's generally recommended that one find a sturdy, preferably covered, area to wait. Our friends at Oobject.com have some great examples.
Don't get too sad over this 195-year-old bunker being sliced in half. There's 700 other bunkers nearby, which form the New Dutch Waterline that protected cities between 1815 - 1940. Now, it's an area for watery-playtime.
In 1969, Chairman Mao began work on a giant bunker beneath the city of Beijing to house the city's population in the event of a nuclear attack. The underground city was never operational, but the tunnels and facilities still remain.
A relic of WWII paranoia, Albania's "concrete mushroom" bunkers dot the country's landscape, from the oceans, to the mountains, to the cemeteries. Now, a group wants to reclaim the bunkers and transform them into eco-friendly hotels.
Smile, you GBU-57A/B Massive Ordnance Penetrator you! Or like I like to call you: Mr. Holmes, the 30,000-pound (13.6 metric tons) precision-guided bunker buster. That's 25,000 pounds heavier than the largest bunker-buster available.