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20 Rundown Buildings That Were UPCYCLED Into Something Better…

Upcycling is the process of converting waste materials or useless products into new materials or products of better quality or for better environmental value. ~ Wikipedia

Zero Carbon Foods built a farm in this London air raid shelter.

2.) A church was turned into a bookstore.

The 13th century Dominican church in Maastricht, Holland, was converted into a store for a popular Dutch bookstore chain.

The 1949 the Pullman-Standard sleeper car was purchased by Liz Mapelli, who converted it into a unique home.

4.) A plane was turned into a kindergarten.

This Yakovlev 42 plane in the country of Georgia is actually a kindergarten.

5.) A church was turned into a bar.

This Presbyterian church in the Muswell Hill district of London was changed to attract a different crowd.

6.) A jail was turned into an upscale hotel.

The Liberty Hotel in Boston was actually the Charles Street Jail years before.

7.) A boiler house was turned into a modern office.

The Ambler Boiler House generated power for a Philadelphia suburb, but now is a swanky modern office building.

8.) A public restroom was turned into a private home.

Architect Laura Clark was able to convert a disgusting public restroom in south-east London into a stunning one-bedroom apartment.

9.) An air hangar was turned into a resort.

This giant airship hangar in Krausnik, Germany, was transformed into the Tropical Islands Resort by its Malaysian owners. It has the world’s largest indoor rainforest.

10.) A water tower was turned into a bed & breakfast.

The Braithwaite Engineering Company of London originally built the tower in 1923. Instead of housing thousands of gallons of water, the House in the Clouds is now a bed and breakfast.

11.) A power station was turned into an art museum.

The Bankside Power Station was an oil-fired power plant. A Swiss architecture firm converted it into a museum and it’s now Britain’s national gallery of international modern art, the Tate Modern.

12.) Gasometers were turned into apartments.

In 1896, Viennese authorities built Europe’s largest gas plant, complete with four gasometers, which were gas tanks. Those tanks are now being turned into apartment buildings.

You’ll never see any other apartments like this one.

13.) A meat packing plant was turned into an urban farm.

The old meat packing district of Chicago is now full of decaying buildings. Entrepreneur John Edel chose to upcycle the Peer building into a net-zero energy food business incubator.

93,000-square-foot facility has both indoor and outdoor farms.

14.) A water processing plant was turned into a cafe.

The Pumping Station Haarlemmerweg of Amsterdam doesn’t provide just drinking water anymore. Now it’s the Cafe Restaurant Amsterdam.

15.) A theater was turned into a clothing company’s headquarters.

Comvert, a clothing company, was searching for a new headquarters in Milan. Interior architects Studiometrico remodeled a 1950’s movie theater, Cinema Istria, just for the brand.

16.) A grain silo was turned into a country inn.

This 1940′s grain silo in New Braunfels, Texas, stood empty for decades. It was recently converted into a one bedroom apartment and the iconic Gruene Homestead Inn.

You’d never imagine it looks like this on the inside.

17.) A train car was turned into a cafe.

This 1960s train car was converted by designer Morag Myerscough in 2008. He turned it into a colorful café in South London.

18.) A WWII bunker was turned into an apartment.

UK resident Elizabeth Sutton bought and converted an old military bunker.

She made it into a modern home for herself (albeit one without windows).

19.) A sugar factory was turned into a rock climbing gym.

The Redpath Sugar Refinery Complex in Montreal was the first of its kind in North America. Now, it’s a rock climbing fitness center (a new trend and another first).

20.) A Walmart was turned into a public library.

In McAllen, Texas, the remains of a Walmart was converted into a public library.

Sources: Distractify, Viralnova


25 Facts You Probably Don’t Know About The Chernobyl

The Chernobyl disaster remains the only level 7 incident on the international Nuclear Event Scale (INES) making it the biggest man-made disaster of all time

The disaster released at least 100 times more radiation than the atom bombs dropped on Nagasaki and Hiroshima.

Nuclear rain from the disaster fell as far away as Ireland

Not surprisingly, the accident has caused the Soviet Union, the Russian Federation, and Ukraine hundreds of billions of dollars.

800,000 men risked their lives by exposing themselves to radiation in order to contain the situation. 25,000 of these have died and 70,000 are disabled.

20% of those deaths were suicides

The environmental group Greenpeace places the eventual death toll at 93,000 cancer deaths world wide.

Some people have returned to the affected area with their families in order to take advantage of the government’s compensation benefit.

There are plans to use the areas immediately surrounding the reactor for activities such as radioactive waste processing or the development of natural preserves

More than 5 million people live in areas that are considered to be “contaminated” with radioactive material from the accident

The Chernobyl nuclear accident is known as the worst and most serious accident in nuclear history

The region has become one of the world’s most unique wildlife sanctuaries with thriving populations of wolves, deer, beavers, eagles, and other animals.

Every renovated house in Chernobyl today has an inscription on it bearing the name of the property owner

The radiation leak caused the nearby forest to turn a bright ginger color, thus the forest was named the “Red Forest”

Today, the impact from the accident’s psychological distress is the largest public health concern

Many doctors throughout Eastern Europe and the Soviet Union advised pregnant women to undergo abortions to avoid bearing children with birth defects in spite of the fact that radiation levels the women were exposed to was too low to cause problems.

Suprisingly, the overall rate of cancer deaths and other health effects related to Chernobyl accident is lower than initially feared

Belarus received 70% of the contamination from Chernobyl

According to the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Comission (NRC), 28 of the workers at Chernobyl died in the four months following the accident.

Greenpeace expects up to 60,000 cases of thyroid cancer from the incident

Around 97% of the radioactive material remains in a crumbling sarcophagus

An extra 9,000 cancer deaths are expected by the UN-led Chernobyl Forum. However, this figure is controversial.

200 tons of radioactive materials are still inside the reactor

Chernobyl’s last reactor was shut down in 2000

Officials say that it could take up to 100 years before the station is completely decommissioned.

 Source: List25

New York City Storefronts ‘Then and Now’ Taken 10 Years Apart

When photographers James and Karla Murray began working on their book, ”Store Front: The Disappearing Face of New York,” they were simply attempting to show photos of the last family-owned businesses remaining in New York City.

Ten years after the initial photos for the book were taken, the Murrays returned to many of these locations to photograph what is in place today, revealing an intriguing and sometimes depressing picture of an ever-changing city…

E 14th St & Union Square W, Union Square

Grand St & Ludlow Street, Lower East Side

2nd Ave & 10th St, East Village

2nd Ave & E 1st St, East Village

West Houston Street near Varick Street, Greenwich Village

Grand St & Ludlow St, Lower East Side

9th Ave & W 46th St, Hell’s Kitchen

Bleecker Street & Carmine Street, Greenwich Village

8th Ave & W 46th St, Times Square

Bowery & E 2nd St, East Village

2nd Ave & E 12th St, East Village

Lenox Ave & W 125th St, Harlem

Ludlow St & E Houston St, Lower East Side

E 116th St & 1st Ave, Harlem

Lenox Ave & W 131st St, Harlem

Morningside Ave & W 125th St, Harlem

Chambers St & Church St, TriBeCa

Hester St & Essex St, Lower East Side

Credit: 22Words

Abandoned Victorian Treehouse…(14 Pics)

The location of this abandoned replica of a Victorian mansion is in South East Florida. It’s not known why it was abandoned and the name “Honky Ranch” appears to be known only to locals.

The photos in this post were taken by photographer Drew Perlmutter as well as a group of urban explorers.

Where is the abandoned Victorian Tree House in Florida located?


Sources: CuriousPlaces, Imgur, Flickr, AbandonedPlaygrounds

What’s Inside This Abandoned House Is Both Beautiful and Fascinating

This Reddit user stumbled across a hidden treasure in this small abandoned house surrounded by fields. They decided to investigate and take photos of what they found.

Sources: Reddit, viralnova