Diaolou: Back to Tradition


Three hours out of the Chinese mega-city of Guangzhou, through the sugarcane and banana plantations and deep into the rice paddies, strange things start to rise from the fields. Called diaolou, or watchtowers, they have an oddly Western look, frosted with arches and spires and little domes that contrast with the straight lines of many traditional Chinese houses. There are more than 1,800 of these

Guy Maunsell: The Maunsell Forts


The Maunsell Forts are armed towers built in the Thames and Mersey estuaries during the second world war to help defend the UK. They were operated as army and navy forts, and named after their designer, Guy Maunsell (Maunsell also designed forts for anti-aircraft defense). These were larger installations comprising seven interconnected steel platforms.The forts were decommissioned in the late 1950s and later used for

Gianluca Santosuosso: Morphotel


The Morphotel is a concept that joins the idea of a floating hotel and a slow round-the-globe cruise ship created by Italian architect Gianluca Santosuosso. Built around a flexible spine, the Morphotel can adapt its shape to handle differing weather conditions, or to more neatly fit into the space available at a whichever port of call it is visiting. Instead of embarking of a set

Sanzhi Pod City: A Past Future


The Sanzhi UFO houses , also known as the Sanzhi pod houses or Sanzhi Pod City, were a set of abandoned pod-shaped buildings in Sanzhi District, New Taipei City, Taiwan. The buildings resembled Futuro houses, some examples of which can be found elsewhere in Taiwan. The site where the buildings were located was owned by Hung Kuo Group. The UFO houses were constructed beginning in

Chand Baori: The Deepest Memory


Chand Baori is a stepwell situated in the village of Abhaneri near Jaipur in the Indian state of Rajasthan. Abhaneri is a village in the Dausa district of Rajasthan state in India. It is situated at a distance of 95 km from Jaipur, on the Jaipur-Agra road. It is located opposite Harshat Mata Temple and was constructed in 800 AD. Chand Baori consists of 3,500

Vincze Miklos: The Broken Toy


Vincze Miklos collected a series of photographs featuring abandoned toy factories that may cause us to pause and wonder what really hides inside our toys. Some of the abandoned factories still have doll heads waiting for their bodies on assembly-line equipment. Broken dolls litter the floors of other factories. Broken toys, signs, and colorful surrounding sit among the decaying structures and dirt. The images are

Power Plants


These forgotten decaying power plants held symmetry, geometrical interest, stunning beauty, and surreal qualities that only surfaced when you removed the bustling humanity that obscured the technological and architectural beauty hidden behind the scenes. Many of the following photographers have captured images that make us question whether we are looking back upon human history or forward to other world’s decay. Tease your mind through these

Matthias Haker: Abandoned


Matthias Haker from Dresden, Germany is truly a multi-talented artist excelling in architectural, interior photography, people, portrait, fashion and wedding photography. Here is a unique collection of Abandoned Buildings photography.

Ed Freeman: Desert Realty


There is something about the tranquility of the desert that calms us. In this series of captivating photographs, Boston photographer Ed Freeman has captured photos that showcases small desert towns in Southern California. His series features unique buildings that he came across while visiting the area.

Michael Hansmeyer and Benjamin Dillenburger: Digital Grotesque


We aim to create an architecture that defies classification and reductionism. We explore unseen levels of resolution and topological complexity in architecture by developing compositional strategies based on purely geometric processes. In the Digital Grotesque project, we use these algorithms to create a form that appears at once synthetic and organic. The design process thus strikes a delicate balance between the expected and the unexpected,