Design Green Design Czech Out the Oppidum, the Ultimate Apocalypse Hideaway By Lloyd Alter Design Editor University of Toronto Lloyd Alter is Design Editor for Treehugger and teaches Sustainable Design at Ryerson University in Toronto. our editorial process Facebook Facebook Twitter Twitter Lloyd Alter Updated October 11, 2018 ©. Oppidum Share Twitter Pinterest Email Design Tiny Homes Architecture Interior Design Green Design Urban Design We do go on about the importance of resilient design, the ability of our buildings to survive in changing times and climates. We are big on repurposing, finding new uses for old buildings. And if the greenest brick is the one already in the wall, then surely the greenest bomb shelter is the one that's already in the ground. That's why the Oppidum is such an exciting opportunity; it's a conversion of a classified secret facility built in 1984 by what were then the governments of Czechoslovakia and The Soviet Union. Now, it is available for use as the ultimate getaway, deep in a valley in the Czech Republic. The developer notes that they don't make'em like they used to: Because the construction of the facility occurred at a time of heightened world tension, the enormous level of resources used to develop it would be all but impossible to match today. It is extremely unlikely that any government would approve a non-military structure of this size to be built today. © OppidumIt has a lovely above-grade modestly sized 30,000 square foot residence, which is connected via secret corridor to the two-storey, 77,000 square foot bunker below, which has been stylishly subdivided into one large apartment and six smaller ones for friends, family and staff, all stocked with ten years of supplies. Here is the upper level: © Oppidum and the lower, with all the apartments and storage. © Oppidum The bunker will be able to provide long-term accommodation for residents - up to 10 years if necessary - without the need for external supplies. This would involve large-scale stocks of non-perishable food and water, along with water purification equipment, medical supplies, surgical facilities, and communication networks with the outside world. © Oppidum And you will never be bored; there will be "an underground garden with simulated natural light, as well as a spa, swimming pool, cinema, library, and other leisure facilities." © Oppidum And of course, a wine cellar. Don't worry if you are not into wine; right now it is all an empty shell and will be designed "according to the needs, wishes, and tastes of its future owner." So you can make it as green and sustainable as you desire. You could even fill it with tiny homes or RVs and save a lot more people from the apocalypse; the ceilings are 13 feet high so many could fit. Being in the Czech republic, it is a little further away than the Vivos and other shelters we have shown before, but there are benefits to not being in America: Even though it is located in central Europe, Prague is not in the strategic path of Moscow, Warsaw, or Berlin, all of which saw mass bloodshed in past European conflicts. The Czech Republic is unlikely to become a potential battlefield. It faces no current major security threats. © Oppidum The only real drawback that I can see is that it is a lot of space for just a couple of families, and would need a really big staff to keep them living in the style to which they appear to be accustomed. It does come with a retired general as a Director of Security, but no word about the sommelier. The project is billed as "The largest billionaire bunker in the world" but surely they would be better off to fill it with, say, millionaires, in tiny apartments or RVs like they do in Vivos Kansas. Because as we keep saying about our cities, you need a certain density to support decent services, not to mention, drink all that wine.