New uses for old bunkers #1 – Rietveld Landscape – bunker 599

One of the things that fascinates me is the after-life of abandoned bunkers, how they ‘live-on’ both materially and symbolically despite their abandonment and dereliction. Sometimes they live in ruin, sometimes they are subverted or converted.

The photos featured here are from a blog at entitled ‘Rietveld Landscape – bunker 599’ the accompanying description there states:

“The bunker is part of a system of 700 bunkers that made up the New Dutch Waterline– a Dutch military defense system that was in use from 1815-1940. The NDW protected the cities of Muiden, Utrecht, Vreeswijk and Gorinchem through intentional flooding, transforming the economic heartland of the Dutch Republic into an island, if needed.

Rietveld Landscape, in collaboration with Atelier de Lyon, transformed bunker 599 into a public space by slicing into the concrete and providing passage through the bunker to the water and the footpaths of the nearby natural reserve.”

This is the first in an occasional series of blogs about converted bunkers…


About lukebennett13
Reader & Course Leader, BSc Hons Real Estate, Sheffield Hallam University, UK. I TEACH: built environment law to construction, surveying, real estate and environmental management students. I RESEARCH: metal theft; urban exploration & recreational trespass; occupiers' perceptions of liability for their premises. I THINK: about the links between ideas, materialities and practices in the built environment. I WAS: an environmental lawyer working in commercial practice for 17 years before I joined academia in 2007. I EXPLAIN: the aims of my blogsite site here: LINKS: Twitter: @lukebennett13; Archive: EPITAPH: “He lived at a little distance from his body, regarding his own acts with doubtful side-glances.” James Joyce, Dubliners

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