Abandoned Wonders: A Photographic Journey to Places Left Behind

By Sarah Norman | May 7, 2024

These Sanzhi houses of Taiwan come in peace

Whether they were once hospitals or office buildings, theme parks or restaurants, a myriad of buildings have been abandoned and left to turn into beautiful ruin across the world. While many of them are awe inspiring, there are just as many that give viewers the heebie jeebies.

These abandoned structures have been reclaimed by nature, leaving nothing but a mystery as to who called these places home.

What will our architecture look like when we've moved on? Will it crumble into the emptiness of an abandoned city? Will our cars be covered in ivy like some of the intriguing photos found here? Some of these pictures will give you goosebumps, others will make you nostalgic for better days, but they'll all make you want to take a closer look at the deserted architecture that exists all around you.

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During the middle of the 20th century there were a lot of architects who were dead set on the idea that people were meant to live in pod houses that resembled UFOs. These Future and Venture houses didn’t take off like the UFOs that they resemble, although many beachfront resorts in Taiwan really tried to make them a thing. There’s many a Taiwanese town that’s empty, its streets silent as the wind rustles around the pod homes that were based on designs by Finnish architect Matti Suuronen. Oddly enough, Suuronen claims that there are only 10 “true” pod houses in the world, but even cursory glance around the internet shows at least a hundred pod houses around the world with no word about who built them.

Get comfortable, this exam looks like it's going to take a while

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These kind of old style examination chairs have never looked comfortable, but there’s something extra spooky about this chair in the middle of an abandoned hospital. Maybe it’s the decaying tile painted in a “calming” blue that surround the chair and dapple the floor, or maybe it’s the psychotic looking light that hangs from the ceiling. No, you know what it is? It’s the holes in the wall where cabinet doors used to be. No matter what kind of person you are, it’s safe to say that there’s something about this chillingly empty examination room that will appear in your nightmares.