CONVENT U

CONVENT U

Beautiful art nouveau convent with seemingly endless corridors, beautiful stained glass windows and impressive marble staircases…


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…


darbians: Abandoned hospital  in the UK. Chec…

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Abandoned hospital  in the UK. Check out the link for more shots from here.

Abandoned Hospital Wolverhampton


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.


USINE S

USINE S

Sheep wool contains many impurities, such as lanolin (wool fat) and suint (sweat wool). Traditionally, wool washing was done directly in the river or by means of alkaline and hot baths in tubs and special machines. However, the lanolin, which is insoluble in water, could not be separated with this procedure. This factory, which was established at the beginning of the 20th century, used a new and revolutionary process, imported from the United Stated, which consisted of treating the fatty wool with naphtha or petroleum gasoline. This absolutely neutral product does not affect the fiber of the wool and only leaves it the percentage of fat that is needed to maintain its natural flexibility and elasticity. The naphtha is subsequently removed from the remaining wool by evaporation. Another interesting result of the “solventage” was the recovery of the fat extracted from the wool: completely pure lanolin. One of the various uses of wool-extracted lanolin was the manufacture of pharmaceutical soap and lanolin for the maintenance of hides and skins, but it can also be used in the preparation of oils, fat, wax, ointments, consistent fats, and so on.


POTTERY

POTTERY

The reputation of the pottery produced here is almost legendary. Over the two centuries that this family business existed, it has generated a host of loyal admirers worldwide. The collection consisted of all kinds of earthenware pieces, such as crockery, vases and flower pots, but also art objects, frescoes and even stoves. The factory was founded in 1790, but initially faced major problems, including difficulties with the supply of raw materials, but also hostility and distrust of the population. In addition, competition from mainly English producers was fierce. Around the turn of the century the factory was taken over by an inventive young German, who quickly managed to turn the tide through the introduction of new decoration techniques and the use of the finest raw materials. Napoleon became one of the primary customers, so the orders quickly came in and the company was forced to expand. The current factory, including this mold storage facility, dates from this period of expansion between 1850 and 1860. During the glory period, the company employed more than 3200 employees. The end of the 1970s marked a turning point. The company was by then taken over by another family, which stopped the production of crockery to focus on the production of tile for walls and floors. In the early 2000s, the business took a turn for the worse and was left with about 100 employees trying to keep the company afloat. Hardly 5 years later, the company goes into liquidation anyay. Shortly afterwards, the court declared bankruptcy and the curtain fell on two centuries of industrial history…


CHARLIES CHAPEL

CHARLIES CHAPEL

This single-aisled brick chapel in honor of Our Lady of Seven Woes was built in 1883 in neo-gothic style. It is located on the castle domain of Chateau Jumanji and served as a neighborhood chapel and starting point for the district procession. The chapel contains a three-sided choir with a painted wooden altar and with a polychrome statue of Our Lady of Seven Woees. Behind the iron closing gate is a ship with benches. On the walls; white painted images of saints on baroque consoles with angel figures including Saint Joseph, Saint Anthony and Saint Margaret. Although it is listed as heritage, the chapel is in a particularly deplorable condition and there are noticeable cracks in the walls and multiple subsidence. Since the chapel was opened, the situation has only deteriorated visibly. Several statues were destroyed by vandalism. As part of the renovation work on the manor, the chapel has already been emptied in light of the pending renovation…


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