The World’s Coolest Underground Architecture
September 1, 2015
By Katherine Wisniewski
Fox News, August 20, 2015
From an event venue to a winery, these subterranean structures prove that you sometimes you have go a little deeper to find the coolest architectural feats.
1. Data center in Stockholm
Submerged beneath the granite bedrock of Stockholm, a former nuclear bunker built in 2008 has been transformed into a sleek data center by Albert France-Lanord Architects. The impenetrable complex boasts soaring waterfalls and verdant greenhouses, the latter of which are made possible by artificial daylight, while a German submarine engine is used for backup power.
2. A home in the Swiss Alps
Only a stone’s throw from Peter Zumthor’s Therme Vals, this luxurious Bjarne Mastenbroek–designed three-story home rises triumphantly from the Swiss Alps. Entering through an Alpine barn on the outskirts of the property, visitors traverse a 72-foot-long concrete tunnel before arriving at the light-filled modernist cave. Inside, the stark white rooms are furnished by a coterie of Dutch designers, including Hella Jongerius and Claudy Jongstra.