FORMER NAZI BUNKER TO BE CONVERTED INTO LUXURY HOTEL
Updated: Nov 19, 2019
The St. Pauli bunker on Feldstraße in Hamburg, Germany built during WWII
to shelter tens of thousands of Germans during Allied air raids, will soon be transformed into a luxury hotel...
The grey concrete colossus protruding high above the city has become an integral part of their cityscape for Hamburg and will now extend over five storeys high in the shape of a pyramid with a spectacular roof-top garden.
Scheduled to open mid-2021, the building will have 136 rooms, a bar, a café and a restaurant. Designers have also created a public rooftop park, where the bunker will host a memorial for the victims of the Nazi regime. There will be spaces for culture, exhibitions and a hall for sports and entertainment events will be created.
The imposing castle like structure which was built in just 300 days was designed to accommodate 18,000 people, but during the height of the war some 25,000 people sought shelter there. After the war, discussions to destroy the structure ended when it became clear that in doing so would also destroy the already damaged residential area which was already suffering form a housing shortage.
Since then the space has been used as a television broadcasting hub and, more recently, as a work space for musicians and artists gaining it the monikor media bunker.