Architecture The Dead Island
posted by December 20 at 12:34 PMon
Let us for a moment leave the city of your living…
…and journey to the city that begins at the of end of your life.
Over the wall and you are in place that is so dead…
…that even ghosts have abandoned it.
Nothing walks down those crumbling steps…
…nothing lives in that cage.
To be alive and trapped is better than being dead and gone.
The story of Gunkanjima:
Off the westernmost coast of Japan, is an island called “Gunkanjima” that is hardly known even to the Japanese. Long ago, the island was nothing more than a small reef. Then in 1810, the chance discovery of coal drastically changed the fate of this reef. As reclamation began, people came to live here, and through coal mining the reef started to expand continuously. Befor long, the reef had grown into an artificial island of one kilometer (three quarters of a mile) in perimeter, with a population of 5300. Looming above the ocean, it appeared a concrete labyrinth of many-storied apartment houses and mining structures built closely together. Seen from the ocean, the silhouette of the island closely resembled a battleship - so, the island came to be called Gunkanjima, or Battleship island.
Eventually, the mines faced an end, and in 1974 the world’s once most densely populated island become totally deserted. The island, after all its inhabitants departed leaving behind their belongings, became an empty shell of a city where all its peopl disappeared overnight, as if by some mysterious act of God.