Europe’s abandoned cooling towers

Traveling around Europe, Belgian photographer Reginald Van de Velde explore the bottom of the abandoned cooling towers and finds there the theatrical stage. He said

‘One thing that fascinates me is the fact that not a single cooling tower is the same. Each and every one of them has a unique interior design and build. They all look the same from the exterior, but with each visit to a new cooling tower I’m always surprised by a different interior, time and time again.

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Kurpaty Sanatorium of Crimea

The resort architecture has always been a territory of freedom for Soviet architects. Ever since the Stalinist era sanatorium functioned as Soviet “paradise on earth” – the place where they were to strive to get all workers. Therefore, even in the days of struggle against the excesses of the various agencies do not skimp on building palaces for the rest of their employees, and resort construction enables architects to get away from the general line.

So in 1980, the Soviet Union and Czechoslovakia trade union leadership decided to build a joint boarding house “Friendship” in the Crimea for the working people of the two countries. Czechs wanted to pension was located in a place where they took a romantic youth – on the Golden Beach. But in those years has been built on the coast, there was only a narrow piece of territory with a 40-degree slope between the road and the sea …

Sanatorium "Kurpaty" or a flying saucer in the Crimea

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Office Building textured with a curtain wall Glazing in California

Studio Belzberg Architects updated the office building of the company Gores Group in Beverly Hills. The main advantage of the project are three-dimensional glass panels with unusual shapes. The most ubiquitous response to the needs of a typical commercial office building is to clad it with a curtain wall glazing system. This project is an interrogation of the pervasive use of standard storefront or curtain wall glazing for this application and its subsequent effect on the surrounding urban environment.

Office building with textured glazing in California

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9 Ancient Step-wells of India

Water source, meeting place, architectural wonder: The ancient Indian stepwell – a man-made, subterranean well also known as ‘vav’ or ‘baori’ – has been capturing the imagination of pilgrims and travelers for centuries.

Today, many these ancient relics have been largely forgotten, and now languish in a state of decay.

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Glamorous Bus Stop In Krumbach

In the small western Austrian village of Krumbach, in Vorarlberg, built seven stops authorship of famous architects. Unbelievable? But the fact. At the opening of the new urban landmarks have invited all 992 people. Architecture is all love and appreciate, almost every family has a carpenter, joiner or a lumberjack. Even its own architectural tradition there.

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Grows in Vorarlberg wonderful pine why and carpenters there a dime a dozen. But the architects of the first half of the last century is clearly lacking. After World War II was a law that gave the right to design a simple builder. Thus was born in Krumbach strange style, the authors of which were baukunstlery ( “stroyhudozhniki” literally translated from German).

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Stop, designed by designers Wang Shu and Lu Wenyu.

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1865 Public Urinals in Paris by Charles Marville

In the early 1850s, Napoleon III commissioned the urban planner Baron Georges-Eugène Haussmann, the task of making Paris the most modern city in the world. At that time, the city was just like in the Middle Ages. Charles-François Bossu says Marville (1818 – 1879) was a French photographer known for his photographs of Paris before the great works of Haussmann that transformed the capital.

Public urinals on the street of Paris in 1865
Urinal sextuplace, theater Ambigu, c. 1875

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Water Tower turn into a Modern House

In England an old water tower modernized both inside and outside , in a striking combination of materials and shapes. And in this particular house traditional brick and geometry of the water towers of the nineteenth century Londoners with modern materials like steel and glass, contrasting with its pure forms and taut surfaces and bright combine front patina and roughness of brick and stone.

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