Archinect - News 2015-12-01T11:44:27-05:00 Surviving in style: the world's largest private doomsday shelter has a swimming pool, wine cellar, art vaults Alexander Walter 2015-11-16T13:51:00-05:00 >2015-11-18T23:13:54-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>This is The Oppidum, a massive 323,000 square foot property with plans for a spectacular estate. What lies hidden beneath, carved deep in the mountain is the largest residential doomsday shelter in the world. [...] The planned luxurious underground compound on two levels includes a total space of 77,500 sf with 13 foot high ceilings. The layout features one large 6,750 sf apartment and six 1,720 sf apartments. Construction on the secret facility began in 1984, at the height of the Cold War.</p></em><br /><br /><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Related on Archinect:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">It's the end of the world as we know it (and I feel luxurious): high-end apocalypse shelters</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">A top-secret Czech bunker used by the Soviet army opens to the public</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Subculture of Americans prepares for civilization's collapse</a></li></ul> Czech Communist architecture may be protected Alexander Walter 2014-04-21T13:34:00-04:00 >2014-04-21T14:41:54-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The new commission for cultural heritage protection, an adviser to the Czech National Heritage Institute (NP&Uacute;) director, has recommended that the state start protecting relatively young works of architecture from the second half of the 20th century [...] &ldquo;Unlike the architecture of the interwar Czechoslovakia, the post-war architecture has been omitted by protection programs so far, also because its valuable pieces are more difficult to distinguish."</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Archinect Field Trip: Solar Decathlon 2013, Basking in Arrays of Energy Efficiency Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2013-10-15T15:28:00-04:00 >2013-10-18T12:12:02-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> Plopped down on a former Marine Corp air station in the geographic middle of Orange County, nineteen solar-powered model homes line the runway to be judged in the U.S. Department of Energy&rsquo;s 2013 Solar Decathlon. For its first year held away from the National Mall in Washington D.C., the Solar Decathlon was staged in Irvine&rsquo;s Great Park, which while being an abandoned airstrip surrounded by farmland, housing developments and dirt, purports to be the &ldquo;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">first major metropolitan park of the 21st century</a>&rdquo;. For ten days, collegiate teams from around the world showcased their houses for public tours and competition in ten categories that grade affordability, marketability, design and energy efficiency. Each team has architects and engineers (sometimes from multiple schools) collaboratively design and build a fully functional solar-powered home for their chosen environment.</p> <p> What does the Department of Energy do with these winning designs once the competition is over? Anticlimactically, ...</p> A top-secret Czech bunker used by the Soviet army opens to the public Archinect 2013-08-27T15:34:00-04:00 >2013-08-27T15:41:19-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>A military bunker in Brdy that reportedly housed Soviet nuclear warheads during the years of the Cold War has been turned into an Atom Museum. It opened to the public last week attracting military buffs and historians from far and wide.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> 'The most original Czech architect of our times', Jiri Stritecky, 58, passed away yesterday mala 2012-12-06T12:42:00-05:00 >2012-12-06T15:49:05-05:00 <img src="" width="460" height="452" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>"He was the most original architect of our times, in (Ceske) Budejovice, in the southern Czech region, even in the entire (Czech) Republic." Martin Krupauer "V sou&#269;asnosti to je nejorigin&aacute;ln&#283;j&scaron;&iacute; architekt, kter&yacute; v Bud&#283;jovic&iacute;ch, ji&#382;n&iacute;ch &#268;ech&aacute;ch i v cel&eacute; republice byl,"</p></em><br /><br /><p> Jiri Stritecky passed away at the young age of 58, in Ceske Budejovice, Czech Republic, of cancer.&nbsp; He was a partner, with Martin Krupauer, of the creative Czech architecture firm Atelier 8000. His ideas and approach to design were inspired by nature, and by his wonder and love of life itself.&nbsp; He will be missed by his colleagues, his friends around the world and his students.</p>