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Former Nazi bomb shelter houses Boros Collection in Berlin

October 16, 2016

It’s hard to believe that this building has had so many different lives…

Built in 1942 and used as a Nazi bomb shelter, it became a Red Army POW camp after the war, an East German banana storage warehouse and even an avant-garde performance location. It upped its pedigree tremendously once Karen Boros visited the space and decided to alter it into the perfect spot for her and her husband’s impressive contemporary art collection.

Obviously, there were complications in turning this former bunker into an exhibition space, but in doing such, they created the penthouse they now call “home”. The open-plan penthouse has a beautiful wrap-around terrace, a zen outdoor garden and a reflecting pool.

Karen Boros has always been involved in art and since 2005, she’s been intricately involved with Art Basel. In fact, the couple met in 1998 at Art Basel and now have a varied collection of contemporary art by dozens of different artists in their personal collection. Far from finished, the couple recently bought a 1928 Bauhaus building which they’ve converted into a studio for young artists. They say that art keeps them grounded… we’re thankful for art!

This is a piece from the museum’s first exhibition (2008-2012). Here, the theme references both space and light, and how those interact with their surroundings. Here, Olafur Eliasson‘s “Berlin Colour Sphere”.

Image courtesy of: World Event Listings

This former bunker is now home to the Boros family of three. With trees surrounding it, the glass-enclosed penthouse sits in the very center of Berlin and was designed by Jens Casper. Interestingly, Mr. Casper was a student at the time he was approached by the Boros’; they found him after they Googled “bunker architecture” and found his school essay online!

Image courtesy of: Apollo Magazine

Karen and Christian Boros with paintings by Elizabeth Peyton in the background. The couple has a total of 40 Peyton paintings in their collection. Christian Boros likes to say, “I collect art that I don’t understand”.

Image courtesy of: Huffington Post, photographed by: Wolfgang Stahr

The interior is quite warm… no semblance of a former Nazi building here.

Image courtesy of: Open House WordPress