Video of abandoned ski & holiday resort
The explorers who made this video referred to the resort being “1950s” – but most of the buildings look much later to me. The place was in operation until the early 2000s.
I’m just gobsmacked by the size of the place, and how the owners seem to have just walked away. It has a real post-apocalypse feel about it.
People have abviously stripped out some salable equipment and fittings – but there is still a hell of a lot there. Some of the buildings would be quite usable with some minimal restoration work.
It would surely make a great home for some kind of off-grid community.
I’m not suggesting it as a possible location for Project Kamp but it is an interesting example of the type of abandoned facilities that exist in some countries (in this case, the USA).
Lots of interesting abandoned buildings photographed and described on the following websites (mostly UK). Occasionally redevelopment is restricted on these sites, but some could be re-purposed.
Sometimes the ownership of sites can be difficult to establish. If companies went bust, then the land, and its buildings might be stuck in a legal maze. Sometimes speculators have bought the site, and are just waiting for a redevelopment proposal so they can sell it for a profit. But sometimes no developer will touch it because site remediation would be too costly (e.g. due to contamination from chemicals or asbestos).
restoring an old factory is exactly what a group did here in catalonia; they reformed the old worker buildings and now about 20 flats are sold out for peanuts (200e/m for some years). works quite well, from blacksmithing, biolab, theater, great events and of course PP can be found there 🙂
here a video of calafou’s famous ‘hack the planet’ events
Thanks for reminding me about Ca La Fou, @pporg
I read about them about 5 years ago, and am glad they still seem to be thriving.
This is a typical example of how abandoned sites can decay over time.
This site started off as a water-powered Fulling Mill in the late 18th century, near where I live in West Yorkshire. It eventually closed in 1985, and the local authority placed a “preservation order” on some of the old stone buildings, to ensure it wasn’t just demolished. In the late 80s, plans were approved to convert the site into a hotel and leisure complex – but the developers never got around to doing the work (the economics were never quite right – so the buildings just sat there).
At some point the old (and valuable) slates/tiles were stolen from the roofs, which started to let the rain in, allowing timbers to rot – and the buildings were also regularly vandalised.
It would now be very expensive for any developer to restore the buildings – but because this is in a “conservation zone” demolition would not be allowed. It seems such a shame, but it might never get used for anything.
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