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The Colossus of Prora, Island of Rügen, Germany

by rhodes, a view of the enormous nazi sea resort in Prora

Three years before the outbreak of WW II, Hitler ordered the construction of what is, until now, the largest concrete building ever build up in Germany, an enormous sea resort along the Baltic coast, also called “The Colossus of Prora”.

This building complex was one of the “Strength through Joy” (Kraft durch Freude or KdF) projects and the first prototype of a massive sea resort, a perfect tool to keep under control masses and, at the same time, spread Nazi propaganda.
In fact, architecture was a fundamental propaganda tool for the Nazis, as they considered monumental buildings to be a reflection of the new German state.
As a part of the Nazi scheme of social engineering, Prora represents the clearest surviving example of the Nazi’s “think big” attitude in regards to architecture.
The complex, roughly 150 m from the beach, extends over a length of 4,5 km and houses 11,463 identical sea-view rooms, arranged in 8 identical six-story blocks of steel-reinforced concrete, each one the length of five football fields (see aerial pictures).
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House of Artists, Garibaldi 89/A, Brera, Milan, Italy

by Grazia Ippolito, a frontal view of the House of Artists

The history of this building, known as “Casa degli Artisti”, literally House of Artists, is one of the best we’ve ever talked about, it’s a story of art and passion that deeply touches the heart of sensible people, so I believe you’ll love it!
Everything starts in the beginning of the last century, when the Bogani’s brothers decided to build an house for artists, a place where painters, sculptors, photographers and others could work in a comfortable environment and share ideas with each other, an attraction pole for intellectuals and artists, the source of a cultural debate for the whole city.

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Concrete Round house, Logan, Ohio, United States

by Don O’Brien, a view of Round house, Logan, Ohio, United States

The Logan Roundhouse, also known as Stewart’s Folly – is likely the oddest structure in the small Ohio town of Logan. The design, lacking in flat surfaces or corner, has a very low wind resistance. Concrete walls further enhance the durability to withstand extreme weather such as tornadoes or hurricanes. This building was to be a prototype for others along coastlines and Tornado Alley.
The shell construction began in 1971 and was completed in 1973. The walls are 8 inches thick at the base, and 5 inches thick in the walls. Two floors, a basement with garage, and a porch were constructed. The house was never completed, nor was it ever wired for electricity .Today it stands empty.


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Kettle House, Galveston, Texas

by ryder, a view of Kettle House, Galveston, Texas

Rumor has it that this weird construction was built in the 1950′s and that it is the top of a silo turned upside down and roofed. One of the most interesting facts is that it managed to survive Hurricane Ike – a 2009 hurricane classified as a Tropical Depression Nine.

Treat, Shade, and Roggs, authors of the book “Weird Texas”, say that the house was built by a guy who used to build oil storage tanks. According to locals, nobody lives in the Kettle House, yet a man comes and does maintenance on the property every so often, only to disappear for long periods of time.

Unfortunately nobody has been able to talk with this guy, so we can just continue to ask ourselves why someone would build a house that looks like a tea kettle and if the weirdo internet rumor is true that it actually works like a tea kettle and if it is, in fact, designed to float during a flood.

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Bailly Houses, A Coruña, Galicia, Spain

by Mon Vazquez, a view of Bailly Houses, A Coruña, Galicia, Spain

The “El Grajal” or Bailly house is an unique and magnificent example of galician art nouveau architecture.
The local government promised to restore it some time ago but this doesn’t seem to be happening.
It was designed by Antonio Tenreiro and Peregrín Estellés and built by the Bailly family between 1920 and 1924.

After the Spanish Civil War it was confiscated by the fascists, who used it for some years and then left it to rot.
The design and construction must be excellent since it has been in this sorry state for decades but it refuses to collapse.

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Villa Milena, Imola, Italy

by Laura Brialdi , a view of Villa Milena, Imola, Italy

The villa was originally donated to the parish of San Cassiano in Imola: a guardians family lived there until 5 years ago, then the priest changed and so many things have changed with it…
Inside the house, there is a small chapel, the guardians said weekly a mass and the rosary during the month of May; now no one is cured of this tradition, which was a specific condition for the donation.
Afterwards, the owners were interest to sell the villa, however, they were not authorized to do so, because the will that assigned them the villa forbade it.
It’s a pity, the guardians family had to move and leave a villa of ’700 to a slowly decay. As it appears from the plans the villa is not suitable for nothing other than home or office. Furthermore, walls and ceilings are painted and in the hands of any architect it could become a beautiful studio! F.G

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Serracapriola, Foggia, Italy

by Silvia Tamburrelli, a view of Serracapriola, Foggia, Italy

Small town of 4,000 souls in Puglia counting dogs and cats.
I think these houses are inhabited, perhaps there was an attempt to place the properties on the market a few years ago, but there were conflicts of interest and all worked out in nothing.
The district is historical, but unfortunately most of the houses around there, the church and other buildings have been damaged by an earthquake a few years ago and never restored.
There is no money, the City has none, the owners do not have the sensitivity or the money and so everything has been left since then. Houses in particular may end up further damaged by seasonal migrants who illegally employ them as a base to work in the fields all summer.

by Silvia Tamburrelli, a view of Serracapriola, Foggia, 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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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.

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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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