Massive Slovenian Cave Plays Host to World’s First Subterranean Post Office
March 29, 2012
Even our stone-age ancestors knew that caves make excellent amphitheaters: their acoustic qualities are similar to those of 11th and 12th century European cathedrals. One such cave in Slovenia, called Postojna, has hosted concerts for years – in fact, it’s been visited by humans since the 17th century.
This year, Slovenian architects Studio Stratum completed the construction of a stand-alone building in Postojna’s cavernous depths. The structure, which holds a gallery and visitor services, also offers casual spelunkers a less likely service: a working post office.
Studio Stratum say the pavilion was built with sustainability as a primary concern. Materials for the structure were transported into the space via a “cave train,” and assembled inside the cavern by hand. In addition to the post office, says the office, the pavilion also features “the first underground biological treatment plant in Slovenia.”
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