9 July 2014

Abandoned Apartment Building in Nagoya

Guest post by Nagoya Blue at Abandoned Japan

So, a couple of weeks ago, I put up some pictures of an abandoned apartment building, and promised to go back and check it out. Which I did today.

The first floor, or ground floor as we say in the UK, used to be shops until they all closed.

 Abandoned Apartment Nagoya Japan

6 July 2014

Puerto Del Hambre - Port Famine

Puerto Del HambrePuerto Del Hambre or Port Famine was a settlement in southern Chile on the northern shore of the Strait Of Magellan in Patagonia. Also known as Ciudad del Rey Don Felipe, it is now a national monument and the ruins attract tourists to Chile’s far south. A monument marks the central point of Chile (as taken from their northern border with Peru to the South Pole which they claim as part of their territory).

3 July 2014

Abandoned Hartwood Hospital

Guest Post By SirHiss

I wasn't aware that the exhilarating and mysterious pursuit that is 'urbex' even existed until the turn of this year. My closest friend suggested that I accompany her to an abandoned psychiatric asylum called Hartwood hospital in the Lanarkshire area of Scotland to explore and take photographs. I duly accepted her offer and now I am smitten by the whole urbex scene.

Hartwood Hospital is an abandoned 19th century psychiatric hospital in the village of Hartwood, North Lanarkshire in Scotland. Originally known as Lanark District Asylum, Hartwood Hospital was opened to patients in 1895 and was completely self sustaining; it had its own farm, gardens, cemetery, railway line, staff accommodation, power plant and reservoir.

Dr Archibald Campbell Clark, the hospital's original medical superintendent, aimed to “cure where possible and give the best possible care when a cure cannot be found." So dedicated to his work, his body was interred in the hospital cemetery in 1901. More controversial therapies carried out included seclusion, electroconvulsive therapy, and it was the first place in Scotland to perform the lobotomy; a surgical procedure which left patients in a lifeless, vegetative state. By the 1950's, Hartwood was the largest asylum in Europe and one of the most overcrowded in the UK, with over 2,500 patients. Hartwood Hospital began closure in 1995 as a result of the Community Care Act 1990, which resulted in the closure of many Victorian institutions as a more community-focused treatment for mental health care was introduced.

On my first visit to Hartwood I was struck by the imposing nature of the clock towers rising above the remainder of the building.

Hartwood Hospital Clock Towers

Nearing the building there are reminders dotted about of the nature of the business of this once grand structure.

Hartwood Hospital WheelchairHartwood Hospital Clothing

As much as these items were fascinating we knew the most prized photographs would have to come from inside the building.....but we would first have to get past the 10 foot high metal fence. This would be a challenge but one we were not to be outdone by! So after a substantial period of time negotiating the fence, getting cut, soaked and covered in mud we were in the grounds and ready to explore! I think I'll let the photos do the talking from here.

Location: Hartwood, Scotland

Category: Hospital

Abandoned: 1995

Abandoned Hartwood Hospital

Looking along a corridor.

Abandoned Hartwood Hospital Clock Tower

One of the clock towers.

Abandoned Hartwood Hospital Bed

A bed perhaps?

Abandoned Hartwood Hospital Scotland

Quite a creepy shot but the best photos had to be from the morgue.

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Although it is a great place to explore and photograph Hartwood is in quite a state of dereliction. There was a fire, set deliberately, a few years ago and this has added to the danger of walking about an already crumbling building.

18 June 2014

Abandoned Ximex Mall in Zimbabwe

Ximex MallIt was once one of the most famous shopping locations in Zimbabwe but the collapse of the country’s economy meant the Ximex Mall was unsustainable. When it closed, the street traders and illegal venders moved in, making it their own and turning what was once one of the city’s best shopping malls into a hive of down-market activity. It has become a dumping ground and locals are throwing their domestic waste into the abandoned mall.

The property developer Sam Levy converted a car showroom into a department store in the 1960s and then into a shopping mall however with the economic crisis that tore Zimbabwe apart, the mall closed and was sold on for redevelopment. The new owners, NSSA, have plans to build a multi-storey office and shopping destination however while closed, it was become a hub for street venders trading illegally and selling items such as cellphones. Police are constantly raiding the building to shut it down however the street dealers return. Meanwhile, it has become a waste ground with rubbish piling up in various parts of the mall.

The mall is located in one of the more upmarket areas in Harare and locals are not happy about the abandoned building and the people it is attracting. There have been calls for it to be demolished but the new owners seem to have little interest at present. For the time being, the mall remains abandoned and is becoming increasingly filthy, sadly with the economic hardships felt in Zimbabwe in recent years, the scene is all too common.

Location: Harare, Zimbabwe

Category: Shopping Mall

Abandoned: 2013

Ximex Mall Harare

Ximex Mall Zimbabwe

Ximex Mall Abandoned

15 June 2014

Husvik Abandoned Whaling Station

Husvik South GeorgiaWe’ve covered another whaling station in South Georgia here on World Abandoned before, Grytviken located on the eastern coast of the island. Husvik is located north of Grytviken and also has a history as a whaling station. It shared Stromness Bay with two other stations, Stromness and Leith Harbour.

Husvik was originally built as an offshore floating factory in 1907 and became a permanent structure on the banks of Stromness Bay in 1910. It remained in operation, supporting whaling operations in the Southern Ocean until 1930 and then again from 1945 to 1960. It was linked to the other stations by a dirt track and social events took place in Leith Harbour however all three stations became abandoned over time.

In 1960, manufacturing in Husvik ended and moved to Grytviken and the buildings later came to be used by the British Antarctic Survey but apart from brief visits by research teams, it has largely remained abandoned. The island was invaded by Argentina during the Falklands War but returned to British ownership soon after. The population of the entire South Georgia & The Sandwich Islands is 30, mainly involved in the British Antarctic Survey. There are also staff members of the Grytviken Museum who are resident on the island on short-term rotations.

The governor of the island has ruled Husvik beyond public limits due to dangerous buildings and possible asbestos contamination. There is a 200m prohibited area maintained around certain areas. Some of the buildings were restored by Norwegian craftsmen in 2006 however they still lie within the prohibited zone. There are no plans to demolish the buildings and no plans to allow tourists within the 200m zone. The buildings of Husvik will likely remain as they are until nature reclaims them.

Location: Stromness Bay, South Georgia

Category: Whaling Station

Abandoned: 1960

Husvik Whaling Station

Husvik Whaling Station Abandoned