Hospital Plaza 2014: https://www.proj3ctm4yh…

Hospital Plaza

2014:
https://www.proj3ctm4yh3m.com/urbex/2015/05/18/urbex-hospital-plaza-france-october-2014/

Revisit 2017: https://www.proj3ctm4yh3m.com/urbex/2019/02/17/urbex-hospital-plaza-france-september-2017-revisit/


Looking forward to going back here next week :…

Looking forward to going back here next week 🙂

More photos from last years trip: https://www.proj3ctm4yh3m.com/urbex/2019/06/11/private-tour-chernobyl-nuclear-power-plant-and-the-city-of-pripyat-ukraine-october-2018/

Pripyat Amusement Park


COOLING TOWER ‘PETITE MAISON’

COOLING TOWER ‘PETITE MAISON’

A power station traditionally has a cooling tower. This particular cooling tower is part of the Blue Power Plant (to be featured in an upcoming post), which is located across the street. It is a smaller model than Cooling Tower IM, but the way it works is exactly the same. Only this one has a mysterious little house (petite maison) in the middle of it. Nobody seems to know why it is there.. The cabin is completely empty and therefore contains no indication of the reason for its presence there. That mystery undoubtedly adds to the charm of the construction. A construction that is not that easy to enter, by the way. The external staircase to the entrance door was removed a few years ago. If you want to admire the inside of the cooling tower and the mysterious little house, you have no choice but to climb the woodwork on the inside…


FACTORY G

FACTORY G

In an earlier report I already introduced you to the beautiful Factory H, the younger brother of this Factory G. Of the four silo buildings that can be found here, this is undoubtedly the most beautiful and also the most interesting. It is the oldest of the cluster and was built in 1895 as one of the earliest realizations of Frans van Dijk, an Antwerp architect, who would later leave his mark on the architecture in the city.

Factory G is a grain warehouse with a dual function: storage and aeration. The building was equipped with two front facades with two towers, in which the grain was transported via “Jacob’s ladders” (a vertical conveyor system with a circumferential belt on which a continuous series of trays is mounted). Once at the top, the grain was transported via conveyor belts to the 144 vertical silos in the middle part of the building. The building suffered considerable damage at the end of the Second World War. The repair was a good opportunity to build a new and larger distribution floor. Three double portal bridges of reinforced concrete were installed in this open space as a function of horizontal transport. The silo buildings were admired and praised throughout Europe for the revolutionary way in which they could sort, treat and store grain.


WASSERWERKE

WASSERWERKE

This former sewage treatment plant is a classified industrial building in the German industrial town of Krefeld. The building was designed by architect George “Jörg” Bruggaier and is considered an architecturally important example of the Jugendstil. The factory, built between 1908 and 1910, was used to purify the sewage of the entire city of Krefeld. It is one of the last remaining purification plants from the early days of urban purification systems in Germany. Until 1962 the treatment plant was used in the original state of waste water. From then until 1996 it was – after the installation of special new jacks – only continued as a pumping station. In 1996 the whole was rendered obsolete when an adjacent new pumping station was opened. In addition to the large hall (main building), which includes two sewer channels, an overflow channel and the hall crane, there is also the lime pumping station (engine room) and the manager’s residence (living area approx. 74 m² – built in 1921/1922 according to plans by the architect Anton Rumpen). The original sluice house is still owned by the Krefeld municipal company for sewerage technical reasons and today serves as access to rainwater flooding.

The old purification station was purchased by 4 friends, who want to give it a new purpose, while respecting the historic and architectural character of the building. To keep vandals out, the building was recently protected with cameras and motion detectors and can only be visited with permission…


WASSERWERKE

WASSERWERKE

This former sewage treatment plant is a classified industrial building in the German industrial town of Krefeld. The building was designed by architect George “Jörg” Bruggaier and is considered an architecturally important example of the Jugendstil. The factory, built between 1908 and 1910, was used to purify the sewage of the entire city of Krefeld. It is one of the last remaining purification plants from the early days of urban purification systems in Germany. Until 1962 the treatment plant was used in the original state of waste water. From then until 1996 it was – after the installation of special new jacks – only continued as a pumping station. In 1996 the whole was rendered obsolete when an adjacent new pumping station was opened. In addition to the large hall (main building), which includes two sewer channels, an overflow channel and the hall crane, there is also the lime pumping station (engine room) and the manager’s residence (living area approx. 74 m² – built in 1921/1922 according to plans by the architect Anton Rumpen). The original sluice house is still owned by the Krefeld municipal company for sewerage technical reasons and today serves as access to rainwater flooding.

The old purification station was purchased by 4 friends, who want to give it a new purpose, while respecting the historic and architectural character of the building. To keep vandals out, the building was recently protected with cameras and motion detectors and can only be visited with permission…


BUREAU CENTRAL

BUREAU CENTRAL

This huge building belonged to the nearby blast furnace company, which had several branches in the area. Little information is available about the history of the building itself. The original building was erected in the last quarter of the 18th century and experienced some substantial changes and expansions in the course of the 19th and 20th centuries. The building housed the central management and the administration of the blast furnace company. The building, which is now outdated, was abandoned at the beginning of the 1980s and since then its decline has progressed rapidly, notwithstanding its classification as a heritage in 1987. The central hall with arched skylight in particular has suffered greatly from the elements that have free rein there. The impressive building, with long, endless-looking corridors and diffuse light that hits them, is a dream location for photographers with a preference for abandoned and derelict buildings. The estate was originally home to the castle of the noble family who owned the company, but it was demolished a few years ago. It looks like this beautiful office building will suffer the same fate if renovation work does not start soon…


MISSION TO MARS

MISSION TO MARS

These special “dome greenhouses” are located in a far corner of an almost 35-acres monastery garden. The garden itself was mentioned for the first time around 1805. It was then laid out in the form of an English garden. Until 2005 the park was privately owned, after which it was bought by the city, which made it available to the public as a public facility. This beautiful former monastery garden had been degrading for years, because the nuns could only perform the most necessary tasks. With the takeover by the city, the park was brought back to life and the more than 200 year old private garden was transformed into a park for the citizens. The ponds were detoxified, the undergrowth was removed from the park and everything was cleaned. By that time, the whole estate was included on the list of heritage to be protected.

These spectacular domes were built in 1987. The domes served as greenhouse learning facilities to offer the long-term unemployed in a nursery training and thus give them a new perspective on integration into the labor market. The design of the domes can be traced back to the American engineer and philosopher Richard Buckminster Fuller. He experimented for NASA to find the most energetic-synergetic form. His pavilion “Biosphere”, designed for the EXPO 1967 in Montreal, a huge 200 feet high geodesic dome was admired worldwide. These greenhouses are in fact refined geometric shapes, so-called geodesic domes. The surface consists of a series of alternating hexagonal and pentagonal surfaces. Well assembled, they result in spherical, self-supporting buildings. They can be connected to each other endlessly. 24 such greenhouses were built and grouped in different “bullet families”. The domes are not only very intelligent buildings, because they can sustain without support, they also optimized to defy weather and wind. The city, as the new owner of the surrounding park, is currently working in consultation with the private owner of the greenhouses to reopen the project as a learning facility.


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