Vertical Gardens and Converted Bunkers Become Beautiful Unexpected Homes

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If you have the right vision, a home can be made anywhere; whether it be in an abandoned Swedish bunker, or in a tiny crack of a street in the heart of Tokyo. As these two homes demonstrate, architects and designers, when presented with the right idea, can make a warm, inviting, and beautiful place to live from just about any space.

This four-story home in Tokyo, Japan, for example, has a relatively small footprint to make use of, but architect and designer Ryue Nishizawa, one half of the design firm SANAA, took advantage of the vertical space the lot had to offer to build a home that confuses the line between inside and outside. The resulting building, united with a spiral staircase that punctuates the space from top to bottom, allows the interior to blend with the exterior, creating a home that feels much bigger than it is.

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While a garden home may be idea for those looking to escape the big city while still living in it, there are some that prefer to just get away altogether. For those that want to fly completely under the radar, then a home built from a former military bunker in the remote Bungenäs area in the north of Gotland, in an area that is a former limestone quarry and abandoned military area, is most likely the home for you.

Featured on Architizer, this home peeks out of a hillside, and has been updated with a glass facade that faces the sea. In the cutouts of the former bunker doors, architects from Skälso Arkitekter have installed glass door, preserving the original military entrance while permitting much more light to enter the room before. Built as a private residence in 2011, you can see more of the project here.

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