Secret Soviet bunker gets transformed into a Russian hipster club

With all those old Soviet-era military facilities lying empty in Russia, so many of them get repurposed into the type of facility that the old Politburo would never have approved of. This gigantic structure, called Bunker 42, lies about 200 feet under the downtown Moscow streets, and has been transformed into something that looks like it's equal parts Star Wars bar and spacecraft from the movie 2001.

Bunker 42 was built back in the early 1950s to act as a backup command center for managing the Soviet Union's long-range bombers, just in case the original HQ got knocked out by a nuke. At 75,000 square feet it's pretty huge, so what better place to turn into the ultimate Moscow party zone?

In fact, only a small part of the complex has been given the garish treatment, and most of it remains pretty much the way it sat for the last 50+ years. Parts of it can be visited as a Cold War museum, but it's not clear what they plan to do with the recently completed groovy parts. Maybe they were thinking of filming the Russian version of Austin Powers in there.

Check out the gallery to see more of Bunker 42. I don't think you'll have much trouble figuring out which parts are original Soviet style, and which are new Russian hipster style.

English Russia, via Gizmodo

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