Here are some shots showing more details from inside the Bunker. I often wonder if today's children even recognize what this is.
These are the original air vents used during WWII to make sure fresh air could get into the building.
The Bunker is in the former East Berlin. During the
divided years, the DDR used it as a storage area for tropical
fruit (things that weren't available to the common citizen). When the Wall came down, it went through a number of
reincarnations -the most memorable being a techno dance club (my husband
visited during that time).
By the mid-1990s, the
club got too loud and seedy for the neighborhood and it was closed down.
The Bunker stood empty for a number of years until the government
decided to auction it off to a private owner. Christian Boros purchased
the space in 2003 and hired an architectural firm to redesign it to make
it a place where he could both live and showcase his art collection.
Renovations were complete in 2007 and the space opened to the public in
2008 (by guided tour only).
Some photos of the Bunker pre-renovation are here
. You can also read more about the Bunker from a NY Times article here