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Old February 21st, 2013, 03:28 PM   #1181
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I think this was meant to purely create a point of conversation in an otherwise abandoned and decrepit area, of which there are many square kilometres in the US.
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Old February 22nd, 2013, 01:45 AM   #1182
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Old March 1st, 2013, 01:38 PM   #1186
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Wow, great work there!


Keep 'em coming, I love those comparisons!
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Old March 1st, 2013, 05:32 PM   #1187
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Old March 6th, 2013, 05:56 AM   #1188
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Old March 6th, 2013, 06:01 AM   #1189
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Hopefully they didn't just cover over the existing bricks with paint. If they used to look like the one in the centre, I'd be scared to step foot in them
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Old March 6th, 2013, 06:21 PM   #1190
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Yeaahhh sure they did as you said
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Old March 9th, 2013, 11:35 PM   #1191
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In my city is promoting the rehabilitation of the old part of the town, especially the castle. In the early twentieth century castle was demolished, only leaving the beginnings of the walls. Until two years ago, the castle ruins were buried. Only a wall was visible. Now the ground was removed and consolidated structures found. It is only the second stage a total of six.

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Old March 10th, 2013, 01:20 AM   #1192
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Some restorations in Montevideo.

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After (a volume was added in order to make it fit its neighbours' height).



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After (it's not finished yet, but the change is already noticeable, the same happens with the volume on the top).


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Old March 10th, 2013, 03:17 AM   #1193
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Urban revitalization in Goes, a neighbourhood in Montevideo.
Right now the city government is starting a revitalization project for this neighbourhood, which is near the city centre and therefore has good amenities and services, but was until a few years ago very neglected and dangerous. The idea is to bring life to the area, by increasing the population density and restoring several important buildings.

Since its construction in 1910, the Mercado Agrícola has worked as a fruit and vegetable market. However, after decades of neglect, it fell into a bad state of disrepair. Right now the municipality is working on its restoration. Its use will remained almost unchanged, but it will also include restaurants and stores inside.
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This building, just in front of the mercado agrícola, used to be a shoe factory but was abandoned for years. It is now being turned into lofts. A part of the building is already restored while the rest is still in the process.
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Also in the same neighbourhood (which is quite eclectic, I'm realising), a building which used to be a prestigious department store in the 1900s.

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Finally, the Medicine Faculty of the University of the Republic (located between the former factory and the department store) is also starting a process of major restoration.
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Now (restored dome)




In the picture below you can see all the buildings I posted and how close they actually are. The Mercado Agrícola is on the top, somewhat to the right. Just underneath, you can see the shoe factory in restoration. The marked building is the former Department Store, a little upwards and to the right you can see the four domes of the Medicine Faculty. The building on the centre of the picture is the Palacio Legislativo, home to the Uruguayan parliament.

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Old March 10th, 2013, 03:37 AM   #1194
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Nice art nouveau buildings.

I like it when abandoned warehouses are turned into apartments also.
That market building is gorgeous...
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Old March 10th, 2013, 04:06 AM   #1195
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A last one in Montevideo. The Carrasco Hotel was built by the municipality in the early 1910s. After decades of decadence, it was privatised a few years ago on the condition that it would be fully restored. After a thorough restoration, it was reinaugurated just yesterday

This is how it looked prior to the restoration:
This is the front façade

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Old March 10th, 2013, 06:49 AM   #1196
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Nice art nouveau buildings.

I like it when abandoned warehouses are turned into apartments also.
That market building is gorgeous...
I couldn't agree more. Not only does it help to improve the density of some areas and bring live to the neighbourhoods but it also makes a pretty interesting urban sight.
About the market, it is indeed gorgeous. I was there just today and I was quite amazed. Now that it is restored you can see its original beauty once again, both in the façades and in the interior.
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Some positive stuff from Montevideo. But I don't like the modernist misfitting rooftop additions, a disgrace to such classical beauties!
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Old March 10th, 2013, 06:05 PM   #1198
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Some positive stuff from Montevideo. But I don't like the modernist misfitting rooftop additions, a disgrace to such classical beauties!
Many people complain here about those additions as well. They are purposely made in a drastically different style so that they're not mistaken as part of the original building. A good thing is that they increase density and make restoration more profitable and thus encourage it, but it is true that in some cases they don't look as well as they ought to.


In this case however, I find it to be a great addition, since it successfully restores a building, it adds more office space and it even improves the aesthetics of its section of the street, by eliminating height differences with its neighbours.

In the case of the hotel, the addition had been made long before the restoration. They simply renovated the one at the top and they even removed previous additions in the front façade and at the sides, which you can see in the first of the old pictures
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Very nice guys! Just make sure you are sourcing
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very impressive Montevideo.
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