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18th Century Bunkers Reinvented In Belgium

I think it is a real blessing when you get to be owner of a fantastic estate like the one I am going to write about now. While browsing good old Internet for another “project” to add to my collection of interesting and exciting architectural solutions, I chanced upon the site of Belgian B&B “the Bunkers”. The estate is nearly on the borderline between Belgium and The Netherlands and at a stone’s throw from the North Sea coast. Some of the old parts date back to the end of the eighteenth century, when bunkers were built to protect the area. Most of them were destroyed during WWI and WWII, but luckily a Belgian family have seen the potential in it and, while being faithful to the past and the ruins, they added an absolutely contemporary building/family house to the estate. Now past and present are in perfect symbiosis  due to the careful choice of architectural solutions, organic textures, state-of-the-art construction materials and the bunkers are again providing shelter, this time for guests.

Let’s take the tour.

Photography: Tim Van de Velde, sourced from The Bunkers.

 

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