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Old September 10th, 2011, 09:21 PM   #161
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JAKA Tower is a concrete shell that needs tearing down and its site left empty as a courtesy until a new office proposal for the site comes forward.
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Old September 10th, 2011, 09:57 PM   #162
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it was demolished this year
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Old September 10th, 2011, 10:10 PM   #163
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what was the reason for those two buildings being out of use in the first place? just the fact that they were dated?

they look decent enough and their location looks pretty superb! wouldn't think it would take that much to freshen them up
hotel nacional actually is located in one of the most richest area of the city..
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Old September 10th, 2011, 10:13 PM   #164
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they will bulid this


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Old September 12th, 2011, 12:13 PM   #165
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Here is one from The Hague. used to be named 'De Wereldhaven'.
Build in 1968 with 16 floors. It is an empty building waiting to be demolished.


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Update: eventually, the GFC put a stop to plans to demolish the building and replace it with a massive new brick office building. Instead, a much more modest development is being built now, which includes a reclad of the existing building. Pictures of the cancelled and the current development, plus constructions pics on this thread (in Dutch):

http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?t=31708
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Old September 12th, 2011, 04:53 PM   #166
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Kaliningrad, Russia.

Дом советов - or House of Soviets. Unfinished and abandoned. The building was built on the original territory of Königsberg Castle. Construction began on in 1960, and was intended to be the central administration building of the Kaliningrad Oblast.

Continuation of development was stopped in the 1980s after the Regional Party Committee lost interest in the project and cut off funding.

In 2005, for a visit by then-President Vladimir Putin, the exterior was painted light blue and windows were installed. However, the interior remains unfinished and unusable.

So, on a place of former Königsberg Castle:



they wanted to built this:



And they did:



However, it became unfinished and abandoned. From what I've been told on a visit to Kaliningrad, the ground is unstable. They have never properly secured cellars and dungeons of former castle :







And this is how it looks after applying some make-up in 2005:

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Old September 12th, 2011, 10:21 PM   #167
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Why was a magnificent historic castle torn down for some mediocre concrete office building that still sits unfinished as of 2011? If the ground were unstable, then the building would have been deceased by now.
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Old September 12th, 2011, 10:43 PM   #168
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Kaliningrad was bombed during ww2.
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Old September 12th, 2011, 11:23 PM   #169
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The place actually looked like that in 1945-1950:







But then was big bada bum:





for this:





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Old September 13th, 2011, 10:44 AM   #170
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That is sad. They were able to rebuild similarly destroyed castles in Germany. Too bad that didn't happen there.
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Old September 19th, 2011, 05:02 AM   #171
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420 Main in Evansville, IN, USA.

Formerly the Old National Bank Building, they moved to a new place down the street so now one of the tallest office buildings in the city is rotting away.

Downtown with 420 in the frame.
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Old January 27th, 2012, 11:43 AM   #172
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The Sterick Building in Memphis (built in 1928) has been left vacant since the early 1980s. It is rumoured to be the perfect candidate for residential conversion, which has some advantages and disadvantages.

Stunning!!! If only Brisbane had some of these abandoned buildings from North East USA. They would be worth a lot more here.
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Old January 27th, 2012, 12:53 PM   #173
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The old argus newspaper building is probably Melbourne's most famous abandoned building (due to asbestos)

http://www.slv.vic.gov.au/ncentury/0...m/nc000338.jpg
Missing clocktower

http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_lq03k5WISR...Building01.jpg
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Old March 2nd, 2012, 08:06 AM   #174
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The Queen Mary building in Camperdown, Sydney. Formerly a hospital, it closed in 2004 and lies abandoned.

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Old May 16th, 2012, 11:23 PM   #175
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The tallest building in the Bahamas lies derelict after a fire and a hurricane.
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Old May 16th, 2012, 11:59 PM   #176
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That is sad. They were able to rebuild similarly destroyed castles in Germany. Too bad that didn't happen there.
This is because Stalin incorporated Konigsberg into USSR and bolsheviks had no regards towards the history which they believed weren't theirs.

Should Konigsberg be assigned to Poland after WW2 or it would remain in Germany, certainly the castle would have been rebuilt.

Quite similar thing happened to Gdańsk (a city vis-a-vis Konigsberg on the opposite shore of Gdańsk Bay) - after Soviet soldiers overtook this city, they destroyed it for teh lulz. After WW2 it took Poles more than 20 years to quite restore the historical downtown. At least one historical building - the meat market - is to be rebuilt not earlier than now. And it had taken Soviet bastards just few days to knock down the entire downtown.
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Old May 17th, 2012, 04:34 AM   #177
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Poles destroyed quite a lot too in the former German areas, although we have also rebuilt some parts in the bigger cities while soviets only destroyed afaik, but they had only Kaliningrad for themselves.
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Old May 18th, 2012, 12:32 AM   #178
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Here is one from The Hague. used to be named 'De Wereldhaven'.
Build in 1968 with 16 floors. It is an empty building waiting to be demolished.
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That's the best use of tilt shift I have ever seen. It normally looks horrid and clumsy.

Anyway it's a shame if they are going to demolish it. I like the Hague's boxes.
I especially love the old ministry towers that are slated for demolition (two other boxes close to the new ministry towers), in fact the one good thing the crisis might bring on is that the demolition of those towers will be put off.
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Old May 18th, 2012, 05:30 PM   #179
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Old May 22nd, 2012, 12:13 AM   #180
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Can a boarded-up building still be renovated/brought back into use if its structural condition is not terrible? Also, what is the purpose of boarding up a building?
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