Simon Watson

Berlin-based artist and architect Arno Brandlhuber own aesthetic is reflective of his concrete bunker in Potsdam, a quaint town 15 minutes outside of Berlin. Filled with unmistakably gorgeous structures, such as Frederick the Great's Sanssouci palace, a series of neo-Classical churches, and several Art Deco mansions surrounding the area's lakes, the 5,500-square-foot concrete bunker, which formerly served as an underwear factory in the 1980s, is somewhat offensive comparison. But that's what the 51-year-old designer is going for. Rather than ameliorating or altering the state of a site, he sculps it in a way that stays true the original form.

When Brandlhuber bought the villa in 2012, the only changes he made are the jarring, upper windows carved out by a group of friends that took sledgehammers to both the front- and rear-facing façades. At night, when the inside is lit up, the windows look "like the eyes of a skull," says Gisela Williams.

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