A Disturbing Store Room

We've just returned from staying with friends in Geneva, where we slept in their (large and airy) basement.

Next to the bedroom was the room our friends used as a store room - their nuclear bunker!

When their house was built, it was a legal requirement for all homes to have a nuclear bunker.  A stocked, functioning nuclear bunker.

The door is steel, filled with concrete.  It doesn't have a lock - that huge yellow bolt and spanner hold the door shut against invaders.  The door on the wall is an escape hatch, in case the house collapses on the main door, and the machinery in the corner is the air filter.

The shelves double as beds, and the toilet is a bucket with a lid.

I found it fascinating, and, to be honest, disturbing.  It took me two days to "get around" to going through and taking these photos.

I grew up during the tense days of US/Soviet nuclear proliferation, when Threads wasn't just a disturbing drama, it was almost a government information film.  I paid attention at school - I knew what nuclear weapons really did.  To most kids, they were a cool way of destroying a bunch of stuff (even more so today).  To me, they were (and are) flatly horrifying, and the stuff of genuine nightmares.

I look forward to when things like reduced to the kind of novel feature that ranks alongside "original fireplace" or sash windows.

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kcls7 years ago
Oh my gosh. That is actually quite disturbing. I'm with you on that one. If I stayed at a house with one of these in it, I would constantly be looking around at it. That goes for everything in a house, though. If you found a secret door in your house, you know you would be going in it and looking around for the next month :D
Kryptonite kcls7 years ago
My family's building a house at the moment, but they wouldn't let me have a secret tunnel. D:
Kiteman (author)  Kryptonite7 years ago
If they let you build it, it wouldn't be secret. Wait until they are finished, then get under the floorboards...
It's slab-on-ground... Damn...
Kiteman (author)  Kryptonite7 years ago
When they're not looking, drop some large-diameter ducting into the setting cement...
It's already poured.
Nothing is forever.
RadBear Kiteman7 years ago
Chisel a hole in the floor and excavate underneath. A guy somewhere here in the US did that. I saw it on history channel.
My father dug out a basement that way. Many thousands of wheelbarrow fulls later, we had a hole under our house that was eventually finished to become a basement. I'm not sure exactly how he kept the house from collapsing, though.
kcls Kryptonite7 years ago
Darn. There are always new things to discover on a boat. We've had our boat for 4 years now and we are still discovering new nooks and crannies :P
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