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These Abandoned, Half-Demolished Towers Look Too Pretty to Destroy

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This colorful scene isn't a view of a new luxury loft. It's Rabot Towers, an abandoned public housing project in Ghent, Belgium. When the first stage of demolition removed the building's exterior walls, the former blight became an unexpected beauty, captured here by photographer Pieter Lozie.


The three-tower complex once accommodated around 840 residents. However, with the building no longer fit for occupation and an overhaul deemed too expensive, the project is now slated for demolition.


I'm sure that the building's crumbling, abandoned nature becomes evident up-close. But from a certain distance, there's something undeniably cheerful about the bright colors and airy, open spaces we see.

Check out Pieter Lozie's website for more gorgeous photos. [Pieter Lozie via ArchDaily]

Update: reader Pavic, who lives in Ghent, tells me that the crazy disco colors were actually added by an artist after the building was abandoned. You can read about it here—if you're fluent in Dutch. It's still fascinating to look at, no matter where the colors came from.


Images: Pieter Lozie