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Hochbunker No.7 | Conversion and Extention, Germany

Hauer Dipl.-Ing Architekten BDA

The over ground air raid buker no. 7 was constructed as part of the “Führer – Sofortprogramm” program in 1942. Although having been designed to accommodate 900 persons, it was able to provide shelter to up to 2000 persons. Its architecture conforms to medieval fortified structures.

Having in mind the low and rather small architecture of that area today, the comment of a coeval that “the air-raid bunker build in “Neustädter Straße” does not fit the cityscape at all...” is not surprising.

Due to cost reductions after World War II all plans of remodelling or blasting were abandoned. After being reconstructed in 1980s, the building lost its dedication as air-raid-shelter in 2009.

Over decades, the face of the air raid bunker was covered with ivy, lost to the cityscape. Its recent remodelling for residential purposes, including shop premises, brought the air raid bunker back to fit to the modern cityscape.

Its massive ferroconcrete walls and ceiling adjacent to “Kindermannstraße” and those facing south-east were removed. Twelve apartments suit the preserved structure of the new three story building. Despite its remodelling, both from the in- and outside one can infer the history of the building. The coexistence of restored sections of the air raid bunker next to new elements and surfaces creates a thrilling contrast.

The huge, cleaned concrete walls are complemented by the face of an extending structure covered with copper panels. The change in colour and surface of the panels adds a dynamic component to the static impression of the concrete walls.

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Building

Completion date: 
2012
Country: 
Germany
City: 
Bielefeld
Street: 
Neustadter Str
Location: 

Categories

Applications: 
Facades/fascia
Type of building: 
Commercial, trading
Residential
Copper used: 
Classic
Brass
Estate: 
Upgrade

Architect

Name, office: 
Hauer Dipl.-Ing Architekten BDA
Address & description: 
Carl-Bertelsmann-Str. 29 33332 Gütersloh fon (05241) 222 94 0 E-Mail info@hauer-architekten.de

Awards

Season: 
2013

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