Well, in between running a shop in a lively market (now closed by the council) and my regular wholesale business it got a bit busy, but I have had time to carry on one of my fave ‘hobbies’ – discovering derelict buildings.
I am not sure why this is, maybe it is something about the thought that people used to thrive in these environments and the speed these places can decay once given up ?
Anyway,I have loved them ever since I used to wander around a whole deserted army barracks is Bulford in Wiltshire when I was a kid,terrified that someone would be one of the rooms around the corner or up the stairways.
So here is a recent one – below the old Zambian Embassy in Berlin, Pankow.
It still belongs to Zambia,but they don’t know what to do with it because they are using a more modern building in the the middle of Berlin.
In 2002 the Zambian government spent over a Million Deutschmark refurbishing the place and then they just stopped. It was vandalized inside for a while and has been empty ever since,however burglar proofing the windows and doors means you cannot get inside anymore…..