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Old August 24th, 2012, 01:01 AM   #201
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Historia de la Torre Confinanzas (VEN)


Financial Center Confinanzas is the third tallest skyscraper in Venezuela (the two highest are the twin towers of Central Park).

Pictures in 1994.







Construction began in 1985 to house the headquarters of the Metropolitan Bank and Confinanzas, however after the banking crisis of 1994 the work was stopped after intervention by the state bank. The financial package was ceded to Fogade and is currently entitled to name CORPOLAGO, C. A., Metropolitan Bank related company.

The complex consists of six buildings, Commercial Atrium (lobby and meeting rooms), Tower A of 190 meters including a helipad, Tower B - Apartment, Building K, Z Building and parking structure hummy type (ramp) with 14 levels.

The project was planned initially as Confinanzas Financial Group headquarters, but the bank was bankrupt, and the work was not fully completed. In its early urban development would be made ​​up of a tower 190 m skyscraper offices, serviced apartments and Shops. But later the project was transformed to house a hotel, shops and Confinanzas headquarters, in an area of ​​12 ha.

The Financial Center is completed Confinanzas by 70%, with the exception of the tower to that achieved completed by Metropolitan Bank intervention.



by 2010, the building was invaded by low-income families


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Unfortunately it is the face of this century Venezuela, Amid democracy misnamed "XXI Century Socialism"
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Old August 24th, 2012, 02:59 AM   #202
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OMG !!!! its so sad, that was a good building
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Old August 24th, 2012, 12:31 PM   #203
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This is so sad to see an entire island abandoned....
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Old August 24th, 2012, 06:00 PM   #204
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That is amazing.
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Old August 24th, 2012, 09:29 PM   #205
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Do you guys ever think some skyscrapers could/will be moved to other cities?
Say the deterioration of Detroit and other rust belt cities continue; could someone buy, say the old Michigan Central Station, and move it somewhere ells?
Villas, churches and other places get moved around all the time, why not skyscrapers?
Sure, it'd have to be taken down in pieces and it would probably be expensive, but still.

(Since I was called names and warned by the mod in the Detroit thread for trolling, I wish to clarify that I have no intention of trolling since this is a serious question. If any detroitian or other rust belt citizen gets angry, it's nothing personal).
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Old August 25th, 2012, 01:18 AM   #206
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If most times take an abandoned skyscraper down is expensive now imagine take it down without any damages, transport it and reassemble all the steel, glass...and let´s not even talk about concrete...

There´s a reason why those stories of moving churches and other buildings are special.
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Old August 25th, 2012, 05:50 AM   #207
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Do you guys ever think some skyscrapers could/will be moved to other cities?
Say the deterioration of Detroit and other rust belt cities continue; could someone buy, say the old Michigan Central Station, and move it somewhere ells?
Villas, churches and other places get moved around all the time, why not skyscrapers?
Sure, it'd have to be taken down in pieces and it would probably be expensive, but still.

(Since I was called names and warned by the mod in the Detroit thread for trolling, I wish to clarify that I have no intention of trolling since this is a serious question. If any detroitian or other rust belt citizen gets angry, it's nothing personal).
Forgetting the impracticality, I would much rather see our spectacular skyscrapers demolished than see them stand in another city.
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Old August 26th, 2012, 01:01 AM   #208
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Torre Confinanzas = An example of a good office skyscraper being occupied by squatters. Saddening. A waste. This was caused by a massive housing shortage. Plus, a lot of its windows fell off.
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Old August 26th, 2012, 07:05 PM   #209
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That tower in Venezuela is quite questionable.
Firstly, how did the facade fall off ? It looks like people made their own balconies by putting some bricks in place of windows. I think leaving the panels would actually be better for keeping the temperature lower inside.
Other thing is, it seems that they have electricity. How does that work ? Is the electricity, water, gas etc. working there if it's been invaded and not officially fitted for being a housing building ?
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Old August 27th, 2012, 07:24 PM   #210
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The first pic is of the former Carlton Hotel, once the pride of Johannesburg, a five star hotel that played host to the rich and famous. Vacant since 1997
Are you sure about that? Apparently they are now running at near max capacity with businesses like Pick n pay occupying it. Last time I was in Hillbrow it was occcupied.
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Old August 27th, 2012, 08:56 PM   #211
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what

Uploaded with ImageShack.usabout this one... it's ******* empty
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Old November 6th, 2012, 02:38 AM   #212
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There is a pyramid shaped building that was abandoned in Mexico. It was abandoned for quite a while, and, despite finding structural flaws, there are plans on renovating it. But nobody will object, since it is not in an enemy country, unlike other buildings...



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Old November 6th, 2012, 04:13 PM   #213
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There is a pyramid shaped building that was abandoned in Mexico. It was abandoned for quite a while, and, despite finding structural flaws, there are plans on renovating it. But nobody will object, since it is not in an enemy country, unlike other buildings...



If it was a part of some high-raise cluster then it would be nice (aside from the awful cladding) but now it looks hideous.
As for the "everyone-knows-what" building, if it was left to die then nobody would care. Same goes for this one - if the government spent a few millions on just making it look pretty then everyone would be going crazy over it, because it's nothing more than throwing out money. NK should be kept out of any comparisons though, because their politics make the difference.
It's just as if you went to Poland in the 50s and told everyone that Warsaw's Palce of Culture and Science is a nice building (even if it never was). No one would agree because the politics and the pointlessness of that building just made the building bad, no matter how you cut it.
If NK changes its system, the hotel will still be there and be its "icon", that not many people will actually acknowledge (just like we do with the Palace).
Damn that was a pretty solid off-topic.
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Old November 6th, 2012, 07:19 PM   #214
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These two "beauties" in Bucharest were finished several years ago, but due to legal issues (long story...) nobody ever moved in since. One of them, according to a Court decission, is even in danger of demolition (Cathedral Plaza).

Cathedral Plaza
(Completed in 2008. Empty since then)
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BucharestTowerCenter, known also as BTC (Completed in 2008. Empty since then)

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Old November 6th, 2012, 08:04 PM   #215
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Galfa Tower, Milan

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Melchiorre Bega, Torre Galfa, 1956-59, via Fara 41, Centro direzionale di Milano di Scott Budzynski, su Flickr

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Melchiorre Bega, Torre Galfa, 1956-59, via Fara 41, Centro direzionale di Milano di Scott Budzynski, su Flickr

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La Torre Galfa e il Pirellone di Alberto04, su Flickr

This is a nice international-style highrise built in 1959. It is now empty.
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Old November 6th, 2012, 08:44 PM   #216
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Here are a couple from down town Joburg. Pretty much all of these buildings have been abandoned due to crime in this part of town.

The first pic is of the former Carlton Hotel, once the pride of Johannesburg, a five star hotel that played host to the rich and famous. Vacant since 1997


While the 30 floor hotel is still mothballed the 50 floor office tower is occupied. The shopping mall is also fully occupied and busy. And safe.

The former Johannesburg Sun, another exclusive hotel building that has been abandoned. Vacant since 2003


Was officially mothballed in 1999.

IBM's former office in the CBD, vacant since 2005



124 Main street is no longer vacant, fully occupied and renovated in 2010.

Old Mutual's former building in the CBD. Vacant since 2000

Undergoing renovations.

By the way, these are all my pics...
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Old November 6th, 2012, 10:54 PM   #217
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Galfa Tower, Milan [...] is a nice international-style highrise built in 1959. It is now empty.
Yes, this is one of my favorite European 'vintage' skyscrapers, the cladding pattern is really ahead of its time. I hope they keep it virtually the same if they ever refurbish it.
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Old November 8th, 2012, 10:37 PM   #218
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These two "beauties" in Bucharest were finished several years ago, but due to legal issues (long story...) nobody ever moved in since. One of them, according to a Court decission, is even in danger of demolition (Cathedral Plaza).
Omg... both of these buildings are beautiful, legal issues are retarded.
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Old November 8th, 2012, 10:44 PM   #219
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WTF Bucharest, get your act together
At least Floreasca Tower will be used, unlike those other nice buildings
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Old November 9th, 2012, 08:05 PM   #220
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The invaders of that skyscraper in Venezuela are the only ones who have curtain wall, so wealthy, hehe.
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