BIG hides an invisible museum beneath Denmarks sand dunes

July 14, 2017 by  
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Don’t be fooled by these gentle sand dunes—hidden in the landscape is an “invisible museum.” Bjarke Ingels Group designed TIRPITZ, a recently opened museum embedded into Denmark’s protected Blåvand shorelines, also a historic war site. The TIRPITZ museum offers a unique experience within a building that skillfully camouflages into the dunes, providing a sharp contrast to its neighbor, a monolithic German WWII bunker . Developed by Varde Museums , TIRPITZ is a cultural complex comprising four exhibitions inside a renovated and expanded wartime bunker. The 2,800-square-meter “invisible museum” is mostly buried underground and looks nearly imperceptible from above until visitors draw close to the heavy bunker and see the walls cut into the dunes from all sides. An outdoor courtyard provides access to the four underground galleries—illuminated with a surprising abundance of natural light let in by 6-meter-tall glass panels—that connect to the historic bunker. “The architecture of the TIRPITZ is the antithesis to the WWII bunker,” said Bjarke Ingels , Founding Partner at BIG. “The heavy hermetic object is countered by the inviting lightness and openness of the new museum. The galleries are integrated into the dunes like an open oasis in the sand – a sharp contrast to the Nazi fortress’ concrete monolith. The surrounding heath-lined pathways cut into the dunes from all sides descending to meet in a central clearing, bringing daylight and air into the heart of the complex. The bunker remains the only landmark of a not so distant dark heritage that upon close inspection marks the entrance to a new cultural meeting place.” Related: Century-old WWI bunker is reborn as a contemporary alpine shelter Dutch agency Tinker Imagineers designed the exhibitions to showcase permanent and temporary themed experiences that adhere to a storyline, from the Hitler-related ‘Army of Concrete’ to the exhibition of amber in ‘Gold of the West Coast.’ The building is built mainly of concrete, steel, glass, and wood—all materials found in the existing structures and natural landscape. The groundbreaking museum is expected to attract around 100,000 visitors annually. + BIG Images by Mike Bink Photography, Laurian Ghinitoiu,  John Seymour, Rasmus Hjortshoj, Colin John Seymour, Rasmus Bendix

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World’s largest survival community comprises 575 off-grid doomsday bunkers

January 9, 2017 by  
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Will the end of the world arrive with the next economic collapse, nuclear war, or presidential inauguration? Thinking it best to be prepared, Vivos has taken readiness to new extremes with their 575-bunker Vivos xPoint community in South Dakota . It will cost preppers $25,000 to lease an off-grid bunker in a high-security area, combined with a $1,000 per year ground lease for 99 years. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mn0229zWnos Vivos converted an old army munitions depot, where the Army stored ammunition and bombs from 1942 to 1967, into a refuge where around 5,000 people can survive in case of a devastating catastrophe or zombie apocalypse. The hardened concrete bunkers are located south of Edgemont in South Dakota, and Vivos boasts the community is around 100 miles from “the nearest known military nuclear targets.” Just to be safe, each bunker can reportedly endure a 500,000-pound internal blast. Related: Worried About the End of the World? Buy a Stylish Vivos Bunker Berms cover each bunker. Inside, residents obtain water via two wells, stored in reinforced concrete tanks. Outfitting the bunker is up to the lessee; they can hire contractors or purchase a turnkey shelter from Vivos. The company says residents can choose geothermal heating, solar or wind to provide backup power for a generator, or even a nuclear, biological, and chemical (NBC) air filtration system. Vivos hopes to add a general store, shooting range, hydroponic gardens, medical clinic, horse stables, classroom, and members-only restaurant, among other planned amenities. Why stop at just one bunker? The company suggests preppers could even secure more shelters to store their art or wine collection, car, or horses. With 1,800 to 2,400 square feet of interior floor space, the bunkers can accommodate 10 to 20 people for a whole year. No one lives in Vivos xPoint just yet, according to Business Insider , but the group is taking reservations. For $5,000 and a background check, people can apply to live in what Vivos describes as “the place you will want to be when the SHTF!” And if South Dakota isn’t your kind of place, Vivos offers communities in Indiana or Europe as well. + Vivos Images via Vivos

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Bouldering walls cover this tiny home built for adventure lovers

January 9, 2017 by  
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When Mississippi couple Breck and Kelsey sought to adopt life on the road with a tiny house on wheels, they asked Tiny Heirloom to design a dream home that epitomized their passion for adventure and love of rock climbing. The Portland-based luxury tiny homebuilder responded with the Tiny Adventure Home, a towable custom-build clad in real bouldering walls . Covered in colorful holds, the impressive bouldering walls run the length of the house and offer a rugged contrast to the chic and modern interior. Like its name implies, the Tiny Adventure Home fully embraces nature, from its timber-dominant materials palette to its large side window that opens like a garage door, blurring the line between indoor and outdoor living. The operable window also offers access to the bouldering wall, made up of modular Rockwerx panels. The house, which has the footprint of a double-axle 28-foot-long trailer, can be towed with a pickup truck . Related: Tiny Heirloom’s luxury micro homes let you live large in small spaces The contemporary interior is beautifully detailed with luxury fittings. A galley kitchen with a four-burner stove, range hood, oven, full-sized sink, and full-sized fridge with freezer is located in the center of the home opposite the large window. A dining area made up of a long table and two benches sits six is located on one end of the home, while a cozy office space is located on the loft area above. On the opposite end of the house is a loft bedroom with a double bed stacked above the bathroom. + Tiny Heirloom Via New Atlas Images via Tiny Heirloom

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The Winery That’s Never Purchased A Wine Bottle

December 16, 2015 by  
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At Bunker Hill Winery, things are just a little bit different. Well, make that a LOT different. This family-owned sustainable winery in Parrish, Florida is serving up unique wines in eco-friendly packaging and sharing their commitment to the…

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Homesteaders vs Preppers: What’s the Difference?

February 20, 2013 by  
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As someone who appreciates self-sufficiency, I have subscribed to several homesteading websites in an attempt to broaden my knowledge and skill set. My family has been delving into traditional methods of home industry, and in addition to the gardening , herb-craft , canning, and preserving that we already do, we’re hoping to learn about cheese-making, beer-brewing , etc. After going through a number of posts on these sites, I’ve noticed that there seems to be two camps of people involved in the forum discussions: those who refer to themselves as homesteaders, and those who are self-proclaimed preppers. Read the rest of Homesteaders vs Preppers: What’s the Difference? Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “sustainable water source” , bunker , canning , chickens , farming , goats , homestead , homesteading , permaculture , prepper , prepping , Survival , survivalism , survivalist building , sustainable permaculture

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BIG’s Blåvand Bunker Museum Preserves Denmark’s WWII History

July 26, 2012 by  
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Atelier-f Transforms Old Swill Military Bunker into a Vibrant Green-Roofed Cultural Center

July 26, 2012 by  
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7 shelters to save you if 2012 calls doom

April 17, 2010 by  
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Self-protection is something that we all take seriously. Nostradamus’s 2012 predictions and similar prophesies by the Mayan calendar are making people believe that the world is about to end just a couple of years from now. While there are some who blatantly reject these predictions, there are some who’re too seriously about them and as an answer have designed several vaults or shelters that will save life on earth.

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