Wonder of architecture
Glorious castles, ordinary suburban homes, skyscrapers dwellings and vertical slums have been abandoned by their inhabitants, standing as ruins. Whether once opulent shelters of the rich or some of the most shocking conditions of the world’s abject poverty, these 7 ghostly abandoned wonders of residential architecture are deliciously scary and strangely pretty, albeit a bit sad.
Chateau de Noisy, Belgium
The old magnificent staircase looks completely devastated
Creepy atmosphere in black and white
Named officially Chateau Miranda, this neo-Gothic castle was built in 1866 by an English architect who died before graduating.
Before the Second World War it served as a summer residence for a rich family, then it was requisitioned by the Nazis. Over the next few decades, the Chateau Miranda was operating as a hotel and accommodation for children of Belgian road workers, but in 1991 a fire led to abandonment. Since then, his decay has been getting closer and closer.
A tour of the ruined castle is quite dangerous, as most of the upper floors are crumbling. It is a pity to see something once so pretty, torn off. Urban researchers are taking some nice pictures of the interior on TalkUrbex.com .
Sathorn unique skyscraper, Thailand
The 47-storey Sathorn, the unique tower, was to be a well-equipped, modern residence for wealthy citizens of Bangkok, Thailand. Now it is a ghost tower that stands eerily empty and silent on the horizon of the city, and whose concrete surfaces are already soiled and rusted.
Entrepreneurs made this and many other skyscrapers in Bangkok during an economic boom, but the fortune fell, the entrepreneurs went bankrupt and the buildings remained empty. In case of storm construction rubbish fall on the street. Inside, it is almost pitch dark and the open metal tube and frame make the researchers wonder when they last had a tetanus vaccine. At the top, though, it’s easy to see why this could become one of the city’s most prestigious addresses.
Abandoned Prince house, Russia
Perhaps abandoned manor houses, castles and chateaus are so fascinating because it is difficult for many of us to understand why expensive equipment is let down. Someone has experienced all the difficulties of designing the house, choosing the decorative elements and buying fine equipment so that everything just ruins too soon. This Russian prince house, located on the Black Sea in Abkhazia, is an example of this. In terms of what the upper class of Russians called the “Russian Riviera”, this castle is almost 200 years old.
The house, however, lost its splendor in the Soviet era, as did many other things. By order of Stalin, it was converted to Hotel Seagull, a summer residence for male government officials from Moscow. After the collapse of the Soviet Union it was abandoned, Georgia is so often in war that the renovation could hardly get priority.
The emerald green of the walls can still be admired today
An old lady in colonial style
One of the most surreal shutdowns is the old diamond mining town Kolmanskop in Namibia. This ghost town was once a small but very rich village, full of German miners who were attracted by the potential for quick and easy wealth. It is built in a German style. The city experienced a decline after the First World War, and was completely abandoned in 1954.
The most interesting thing about Kolmanskop is the fact that its houses, hospital, ballroom, school and other buildings are now filled with sand, so it seems they are just disappearing into the sand. That is, windy desert climate blows sand through all the windows and doors.
The abandoned mansion of Steve Jobs, California
At night – Mexican romance
The beautiful colorful tiles still look like new
The life of Steve Jobs is already a legend, but here is a story that not many people know: the abandoned Villa of Jobs in Woodside, California. Jackling Mansion was built in 1925 as a residence for copper mining baron Daniel Cowan Jackling and his family and designed by the architect George Washington Smith in Spanish neo-colonial style. Steve Jobs bought the 153 sq. Ft. House in 1984 and lived there for about 10 years before letting it. In 2000, Steve Jobs allegedly stopped servicing the building and it fell into disrepair. It did not take long before the historical structure began to crumble, rotting its impressive elements – massive organ, for example.
Jobs planned to demolish the original mansion and build a new one, but a group of local conservationists filed an objection, leading to a legal battle that lasted until 2011. Jobs eventually won the right to demolish the house, and it was torn only a few months before his death. Fortunately, photographer Jonathan Haeber was able to take these pictures in a relatively stable state of the building.
The 45,000 abandoned homes in Detroit
The stylish architecture is still visible
The ruins of Detroit are amazing. The city has become an effective symbol of economic and social collapse, with thousands of inhabitants fleeing the decline of the auto industry, which has led to the most difficult and dramatic poverty and social conflict. Detroit has an estimated 45,000 abandoned homes, with a total of abandoned facilities of up to hundreds of thousands. Even his public parks are closed.
This has led to a ghostly urban landscape, full of the rotting remnants of human habitation. Many of the houses are outdated by nature, camouflaged in the wild green around them.
Edificio Sao Vito, Brazil
A view from below
The facade looks almost apocalyptic
During its existence from 1959 to 2004, Edificio São Vito was known as the largest vertical slum area of São Paulo. The locals called it Treme-Treme, the 27-storey, 110-meter-high building was designed as a solution for popular housing, aimed at the freelancers, migrants, travelers and resettlers from other cities. It originally had 624 apartments, each 27 square meters. By 1985, it was inhabited by three thousand people, most of them low-income, and the housing was divided into several units. Lack of waste services meant that garbage and dirty water was simply thrown out the window. In 2002, only one of the three lifts was in operation, which took half an hour to wait. The building has become extremely dangerous – an inevitable death in the event of a fire. Over the years, residents have begun to leave the building due to high crime until the final confiscation. It was evacuated in 2004 and finally demolished in 2011.