bunker archeology



Urban theorist Paul Virilio [...] Bunker Archaeology – published in France in 1975 and in English translation in 1994 – was inspired by his first tours, in the late 1950s, of the abandoned bunkers and gun emplacements that comprised the Nazis’ defensive Atlantic Wall on the French coast. Virilio treats these littoral relics as if they are both evidence of a lost civilization and avatars of his own avowedly Corbusian architectural practice. But they seem also to promise an alien architecture to come; they are, in short, ruins as much of the future as of living memory.

Dillon, B (2010) ‘Decline and Fall’ in Frieze (Issue 130 April 2010)








'One of the essential characteristics of the bunker is that it is one of the rare modern monolithic architectures [...]
'lighting systems do not throw shadows on its silhouette.
'Linked to the ground, to the surrounding earth, the bunker, for camouflage, tends to coalesce with the geological forms whose geometry results from the forces and exterior conditions that [...] have modelled them [...] the bunker is prematurely worn and smoothed. It nestles in the uninterrupted expanse of the landscape and disappears from all perception. 

'The bunker is not really founded; it floats on ground that is not a socle for its balance, but a moving and random expanse that belongs to the oceanic expanse, and extends it. It is this relative autonomy that balances the floating bunker, guaranteeing its stability in the middle of probable modifications to the surrounding terrain.' 












 Virilio, P (2008) Bunker Archeology New York: Princeton Architectural Press p.37,44-5