Tag Archive | graffiti

L’Université (Belgium)

What started in the 1930s as a visionary modernist plan, which combined some of Belgium’s top architects to design a full-blown university in one of the country’s major cities, ended in an abandoned broken dream. This beautifully designed maze of buildings used to house the mathematical, chemical and mechanical quarters of the university and were constructed in some of the best materials known to men. Sadly enough, the university slowly moved its activities to a new campus outside of the city walls, leaving this modernist masterpiece at the disposal of graffiti sprayers and vandalizing youth. Nevertheless, the city council reacted rapidly and sealed every possible entry to the site. The campus was thus frozen in time and today still boasts several mesmerizing places, such as the wind tunnel for aerodynamic testing and several authentic auditoria that together represent silent witnesses of its glorious past. Fortunately, the future looks bright for the university, as a reconversion plan to turn the buildings into offices in a ‘park for economical activities’, has been developed.

urbex,  urban exploration,  decay,  abandoned,  belgium,  belgique, architecture,  photography,  urban,  exploration, industry, university, Université, modernist, moderne, architects, Belgian, 1930, mathematics, mathematical, chemics, chemical, mechanics, mechanical, graffiti, vandalising, aerodynamic, aerodynamics, aerodynamical, wind, tunnel, test, testing, auditorium, auditoria

Read More…

Advertisements

Alsberghe & Van Oost (Belgium)

This textile bleaching factory was built in 1879. In 1978, the factory went bankrupt. Sobelta bought the factory grounds and sold them to Artifex in 1990, who used the sheds for storage. Unfortunately, at this time, some parts of the protected steam engine were stolen, surrendering the factory into a downward spiral. After Artifex abandoned the building, vandalism and theft increased, rendering the factory into a ruin. Today reconversion plan started; demolishing the most decayed parts of the buildings and redeveloping the best preserved ones into social housing.

Read More…

Le Bassin (Belgium)

Big abandoned concrete structure. Nowadays the favorite playground for graffiti artists.

urbex,  urban exploration,  decay,  abandoned,  belgium,  belgique, architecture,  photography,  urban,  exploration, Le, Bassin, concrete, structure, playground, graffiti, artists

Read More…

Krankenhaus W (Germany)

This hospital for babies and children was built around 1910. Already two years later new wings and a park were added. In the late 1980’s the last wing was built. In 1997 the hospital had to close its doors.

Read More…