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Ex Nobel-Blaschim, Lesmo, Monza e Brianza, Italy

by Borlup , a view of ex Nobel-Blaschim (MB), Italy

This skeleton of iron and asbestos is the ex Nobel-Blaschim, a chemical company (Blaschim was a textile company, acquired by the chemical company Nobel) that closed 20 years ago and remained there during all this time, like a sleeping giant, waiting for a green light by the province for its renovation.
Also the property, the company “Finalfa”, is waiting, even though the recovery plan has been approved and the land reclamations have been continued for more than 10 years. The destination for the new area is residential. In the area of 30 thousand square meters will rise 60 thousand cubic meters. A series of buildings for a total of 250 apartments, of which 10 percent will be subsidized housing.
Only one constraint has been put to recovery, the reconstruction of the original factory facade: the entrance arch, which is considered a piece of industrial archeology, and the spinning mill, that is the courtyards with arcades where there will be apartments for the public administration.

Source: [ITA] article from mbnews.it


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Palazzo dell’Arredamento, Desio, Brianza, Italy

by Borlup, a view of the “Palazzo dell’Arredamento” in Desio

This building used to be a quite big furniture mall and it has been constructed in Desio during the ’60s. Desio sits in the Brianza area, which is well known for its furniture industry and it’s a very productive territory, one of the richest part of Italy.
Unfortunately this building didn’t meet this success, its business gradually reduced over the years and eventually ended, leaving the “Palazzo dell’Arrendamento” (in italian means “furniture building”) abandoned to his destiny. Based on this article (in italian), the building has been used as a landfill at least from 2004, further worsening the possibility for a renovation: it has been object of many reports and complaints, but nothing seems to happen, at least since today!

The building it’s really devastated and it seems for me quite impossible to let it became something “nice”, even with a big investment!! May be it should be preserved for its ugliness, which sometimes (and this is the case!) it’s so strong and deep to eventually become beauty!
And you? What would you do in this place?


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Warehouse, Pantin, Paris

by simon.berthiau, a view of an abandoned warehouse along the Ourque channel

updated check out the youtube “93 pantin” video exploring the inside of the building and the new updates about the future of the building (below)!!

The construction of this enormous building, located on the south side of Pantin harbor, was part of a great project to transform Ourcq channel into an important navigable vector and to connect it to French bigger rivers. The project, started at the beginning of the last century, included also the implementation of the Pantin harbor and the enlargement of the Ourcq channel.

The building, the Chambre de Commerce et d’Industrie de Paris (CCIP) deposit, was ended between 1929 and 1931 and it is composed of two warehouses, at the time dedicated to the storage and supply of grains and flour shipped by boat through the Ourcq channel to the city of Paris. The building also served as customs office.
Unfortunately it’s difficult to find information about this place and we weren’t able to discover when the building was dismissed and what happened later until now. It appears it is (or has been) a squat, but we couldn’t find any other confirm about that.

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Battersea, London, UK

by Arianna Neri, industrial complex partially abandoned in Battersea, London

This amazing industrial complex is located in Battersea, just behind the Thames and in front of the headquarters of one of the most important architectural agencies in the world, Foster & Partners. Its interesting structure and nature allow it to be house of some design studios, former night club, space for parties and, at the same time, partially abandoned.

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Red Hook, Brooklyn, NYC

by Irene Bozzeda, a view of Red Hook, Brooklyn, NYC

Though one of the oldest neighborhoods in New York, it is only recently that attention has been given to Red Hook’s industrial charm. Waterfront warehouses still make up much of the neighborhood.

by Irene Bozzeda, a view of Red Hook, Brooklyn, NYC

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5pointz, Queens, NYC

by Irene Bozzeda, a view of 5pointz, Queens, NYC

5Pointz Aerosol Art Center is an outdoor art exhibit space in Long Island City, New York, considered to be the world’s premiere “graffiti Mecca,” where aerosol artists from around the globe paint colorful pieces on the walls of a 200,000-square-foot factory building.
Great example of an abandoned building rebirth!!

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INNSE industrial complex, Milan, Italy

by 233627, a view of the INNSE industrial complex in Milan

The INNSE (Innocenti Sant’Eustacchio) industrial complex is located in via Rubattino 85-95, Milan.

The complex, originally consisting of four warehouses, office building and concierge, is under demolition; the last building still in use is the second, which houses the firm INNSE Presse.

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