Architecture and design are at the core of our towns and cities. But in a post-industrial age, the changing face of the urban landscape has seen many (often ornate) structures abandoned and even demolished, as well as an emerging emphasis on re-purposed buildings and adaptive reuse that puts a creative twist on modern architectural design.
To many, fire escapes are utilitarian structures with little physical appeal. But in New York City, they’re as much a part of the street scene as yellow cabs and the Empire State Building.
The Shell Cottage was constructed around 2009 as a set for the film version of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. Now demolished, these images show the set in the sand dunes of Pembrokeshire, Wales.
It wasn’t the most comfortable seat in the world, and as a result I stood up and actually took notice – there in front of me was a vintage tractor seat turned bar stool.
Leicester is one of the oldest cities in the UK, with earliest references from 2,000 year ago. A city with so much history will naturally have its share of spooky tales to tell.
Labelled The Doors of Perception, this image presents an incongruous scene where a new door, filing cabinet and umbrella stand adorn what looks to be an abandoned building.
Have you ever wandered past an abandoned doorway and wondered what lurks behind it? This article features 30 stirring urbex photos and dilapidated doors and links to what lies beyond.
Air-raid shelters were a common feature of suburban gardens across Britain during World War Two. This one has found a new life as a place to store garden equipment.
This abandoned outdoor swimming pool at Sharpness Point in Tynemouth, northern England, is both classic example of a bygone era and symbol of Britain’s all-too-often rundown seaside resorts.
Most of us have to check the time on our watches or smart phones at regular points throughout the day, but not many clocks or watches are half as interesting to look at as these.
Cumbernauld town centre was built as a vision of the future – a brave utopia where residents could shop, eat and experience all the conveniences of modern living under one roof. Now it’s a “Dead Mall”, largely deserted since the 1970s.
While many historic community facilities, such as cinemas and swimming pools, have fallen into abandonment across the UK, Glasgow’s grand Govanhill Baths are set to be reopened as a Health & Wellbeing Centre.
In British urbex circles, the Yorkshire city of Bradford is known as the drain capital of the north thanks to the Bradford Beck, an intricate network of tunnels channeling water beneath the city.
Recycled wooden shipping pallets can be adapted for all manner of uses, from bug mansions and bike racks to fishing stands, grouse butts and even temporary theatres.
This 18th century pig barn in Germany may not be much to look at from the outside, but inside it houses a beautiful modern dwelling thanks to an implanted wooden frame.
This conjoined image underscores the relatively short space of time necessary for an abandoned building to decay once it’s no longer maintained.