New uses for old bunkers #1 – Rietveld Landscape – bunker 599
April 22, 2012 Leave a comment
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 http://blog.sub-studio.com/2010/10/rietveld-landscape-bunker-599/ 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…