A bunker in Bremen, converted into house by architect Rainer Mielke

Seventy years after World War Two and 26 years after the fall of the Berlin Wall, Germany is still riddled with bunkers. Built during the Third Reich and the Cold War eras, they have proved either indestructible or too difficult to demolish without putting other buildings in peril.

In 2007 the German government decided to sell around 2,000 of the bunkers privately, prompting investors and architects to dream up all manner of new uses. Below are some of the most interesting adaptive reuse projects to date, including the most recent: the Vivos ‘doomsday bunker’…

Paul Sullivan is a Berlin-based writer and travel photographer and the editor of Slow Travel Berlin

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