Source: CCTV.com

04-30-2008 09:12

A giant World War Two bunker, which served in later years as a prison and then for decades, as an exotic backdrop for fetish parties is being transformed again. The former bunker, is about to become an art palace. And it'll open its doors in June.

The former bunker, is about to become an art palace. And it'll open its doors in June.(Photo: CCTV.com)
The former bunker, is about to become an art palace. And it'll
open its doors in June.(Photo: CCTV.com)

Art collector Christian Boros has built an elegant penthouse atop the gray 16-meter-high military fortification. He's covered the 3-metre thick walls beneath with 500 works by international artists.

Built in 1942,near the government quarter, the bunker was used by the Soviets as a prison after World War II. From the 1950s, Leaders of East Germany took advantage of chilly temperatures deep inside the thick walls, to store fruit. So it got the name "banana bunker". After Germany's reunification, techno fans and fetish lovers held parties in the place.

The former bunker, is about to become an art palace. And it'll open its doors in June.(Photo: CCTV.com)
The former bunker, is about to become an art palace. And it'll 
open its doors in June.(Photo: CCTV.com)

To create his private museum, Boros took out ceilings and walls. Workers had to cut up concrete blocks and carry them outside by hand.