The saltiest mine


How would a baddie in a James Bond movie decorate their headquarters? An old salt mine in Romania has been converted into a futuristic fantasy world 120 metres underground.

Is this the coolest workplace in Europe? The cultural legacy of industrial history rarely attracts those interested in design and architecture. But around the world, much effort is being put into the preservation of old factories and also finding new ways to utilise them. One of the more amazing and innovative examples of this is the Turda salt mine in Romania, which has been transformed into a modern amusement park with everything from a Ferris wheel to a small boat marina as well as a bandstand. Management at the mine emphatically claim that the air there is also good for your health, so you can both have fun and cure your bronchitis.