This concrete bunker is a World War Two relic that has been converted into a tiny holiday home by the Belgian firm, B-ILD. Set in Fort Vuren, The Netherlands, the bunker is able to accommodate up to guests, all within a space of just 9 square meters (97 square-feet).
The austere holiday home has less than two meters of head height, and the dimensional constraints required B-ILD to have the furnishings custom built to make best use of the space. From Bruno Despierre: “The design concept was to create a flexible and adjustable interior that could fit four people inside.”
The interior is sparse, partly due to the bunkers size, and partly because the architects only wanted peoples basic needs to be addressed, perhaps as a nod to its original purpose and history. The bunker was originally part of a campaign run by the Begian agency Famous, which provided to families with the chance to win a holiday in the bunker.
Once the campaign was finished, the bunker was free to be used as a holiday home for rent. To make best use of the space available to them, the architects took inspiration from Le Corbusier: “Taking inspiration from Le Corbusier, flexible wooden furnishing was conceived to maximise the potential of the interior space.”
The resulting layout is simple but effective. On entering the bunker, guest step down into a dark opening and throw a glass door. There’s a narrow corridor in which they’ve managed to squeeze in a small kitchen on one side.
Following on through the corridor leads you to the main living area/sleeping space. The walls of the living area are lined with bunks, and it contains a fold-down table for dining, as well as some stools that double as bedside cabinets. On the outside, a small deck has been used to create an additional for entertaining.
For more tiny houses check out these contemporary rustic shepherd’s huts by Gute. Or, this tiny house that’s been built with reclaimed and recycled materials. See all tiny houses.
Photos: Tim Van de Velde