A huge former Nazi bunker in Hamburg, Germany is set to become a luxury hotel.
Flak Tower IV – one of two towers – was built in 1942 as an anti-aircraft bunker and was one of the Nazis’ biggest fortresses, according to Hamburg.com.
The website says it’s one of around 650 remaining Nazi bunkers in Hamburg (during the Third Reich, the city had more than anywhere else at 1,051), however the majority were more subtle than the Flak Towers.
The huge, 35 metre-high fortress was originally built by forced labourers in response to allied air raids which began in 1940.
It has since been home to live music venues, nightclubs (the walls are a hefty 3.5 metres thick), a music store, and a workspace for media and artists, which the developers say will stay in the building on the lower floors, below the hotel.Situated in the St Pauli area of the northern German city, the squat concrete block has been acquired by the NH Hotel Group, which plans to inject new life into the building with a five-storey roof garden on top and a leafy walkway around the side of the building.
The hotel will come under NH Hotels’ “designer and lifestyle” nhow brand, which means it will feature “eye-catching designs” and become a “fashionable destination,” according to the company.
However, not everyone is happy about the new hotel.
Local architect Elinor Schües told Deutschlandfunkkultur radio station that her uncle was forced to work in the bunker and shoot at British planes as a 16-year-old.
She believes the building “should represent the strength and brutality of National Socialism,” and should not be made “cuddly and green.”
Insider has contacted NH Hotels for further comment.