San Giuliano, Rimini, Italy

by Stefano Sesta, a view of the abandoned Hotel delle Nazioni in San Giuliano (RN), Italy

update There is a new project for this place and it seems quite futuristic: a 15mln € investment for a complete new hotel (have a look) in two years!! We’ll track the new project and tell you more in the future!!

This hotel is one of the several buildings representing the tourism explosion in Rimini starting from the ’60s. Over the years Rimini became one of the most famous seaside resorts in Europe (sometimes called “Miami of Europe”), thanks to its 15 km-long sandy beach, over 1.000 hotels and thousands of bar, restaurants and discos. Unfortunately this sudden success, and not much foresight from the local administrations, brought to the city several enormous and horrible buildings, most of which are still in use today.
Hotel delle Nazioni instead is abandoned, even though it seems that you can still book a room, but I definitely would not recommend it to our readers!! :-)

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Monte Baldo, Verona, Italy

by Stefano Sesta, a view of an abandoned refuge in Monte Baldo (VE), Italy

This abandoned refuge sits on the top of the Monte Baldo, at about 2000 meters above the sea level: on the west side you can get an amazing view of the Lago di Garda, around you only the sky and silence! I guess a lot of people would be really happy to move here, leave the city, with its stress, cars, noise, pollution … well guys, if you were looking for a place, now you found it!!

by Stefano Sesta, a view of an abandoned refuge in Monte Baldo (VE), Italy


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Savio, Ravenna, Italy

by Daniela Galvani, a view of abandoned house in Savio (RA), Italy

A beautiful ’60s house abandoned on the Romea street in Savio: a few minutes from the Adriatic sea, less than 30 minutes from Ravenna, how can this place be abandoned? The house market is so strange: so many people looking for an house and so many houses looking for new inhabitants!! We need to invert this trend … want to help?

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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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Treasure Island, San Francisco, US

by lostlosangeles, a view of Tresure Island in the Oakland-San Francisco Bay

Treasure Island sits in the middle of the Oakland-San Francisco Bay Bridge and exemplifies the rapid cycling of American progress and dereliction.
This artificial island was first created as part of the Golden Gate International Expo in 1936 and 1937, planned for and used as an airport for Pan American World Airways flying boats. During WWII it became part of the Treasure Island Naval Base and mainly served as an electronics and communication training school for WWII.

In the recent years the navy base was closed and now the island belongs to the City and County of San Francisco. A development project has been approved to convert the island in a self-sustaining area and now waits to be realized, even though the actual plan was delayed and first activities are expected by 2012.
In the meanwhile Tresure Island sits as a half abandoned testament to wartime construction. These boarded up buildings serve as reminders.

for further readings Wikipedia

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Temperance Hospital, London, UK

by quite peculiar, a view of Temperance Hospital in London

Those of you who ride the 29, along with some other buses that go up Hampstead Road, should be familiar with this abandoned building. It’s the London Temperance Hospital, renamed the National Temperance Hospital, currently sitting empty and abandoned next to the Robert Street bus stop, which was formerly the National Temperance Hospital stop.

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Canfranc International Station, Huesca, Spain

by Javier Lopez, view of Canfranc International Station

Canfranc International station is located in Aragon, close to the Franco-Spanish border in the province of Huesca. It is the second largest station in Europe by the size of its facilities. Built with the intention of a great future, nowadays is dedicated to local traffic on the Spanish side and it is probably the biggest railway waste of the world.

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Castle Sao Jorge surroundings, Lisbon, Portugal

by Arianna Neri, view of an abandoned area hidden among the streets of Lisbon

This completely abandoned area is hidden among the winding narrow streets of Lisbon. I recall it being in the surroundings of Castle Sao Jorge, on the highest hill of the city (here the exact location). The area comprises the remainings of what seems to be a residential area and is now house of cats, street artists and piles of garbage.

It’s really amazing how a whole group of buildings in the middle of the historic center has been abandoned and forgotten for so many years!!

by Arianna Neri, another view of the abandoned area in Lisbon

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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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