Situated somewhere in Europe, urban explorer Urbex Maestro captured this striking series of photographs featuring a now abandoned gasometer dating to the turn of the 20th century. (As is often the case with urban exploration, the photographer did not disclose the exact location.)
The vast empty structure, built in 1904, was designed to store 50,000 cubic metres of gas. The roof was capable of moving up and down to control the pressure inside the 60-metre diameter tank.
This gasometer is a typical example of the ornate industrial architecture that flourished throughout the 19th and early 20th centuries, reflecting the importance of form as well as function.
And while this naturally makes such places a magnet for urban explorers, it’s also a reason why imaginative developers have sought to re-purpose some surviving structures as luxury apartments – see Berlin’s Fichte-Bunker and Vienna’s four amazing adapted gasometers.
(All images reproduced with the permission of Urbex Maestro. Explore more former gas tanks, from Vienna’s ‘Gasometer’ indoor urban complex to Berlin’s amazing Fichte-Bunker, now transformed into luxury apartments.)