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Thursday, April 24, 2008

The Dead Hotels

posted by on April 24 at 11:08 AM

BLDGBLOG has a lovely, lovely post on photographs of five-star hotels abandoned on “Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula.”
2424046564_98b11c8a9a_o.jpg A sample from the end of the post:

The hotels now look more like “architectonic sculptures” in the desert, the photographers claim, or derelict abstractions, as if some aging and half-crazed billionaire had constructed an eccentric sculpture park for himself amongst the dunes.

…The billionaire goes for long walks at night alone amongst the ruins, sweeping dust from recent sandstorms off windowsills and open doorways.
At night, when the stars come out, different constellations are framed by unglazed windows, as if justifying these concrete forms from above with the poetic force of celestial geometry.

The writing owes everything to Borges, and my post owes everything to Andrew Sullivan.

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Is it wrong that that made me think of Deep Space Nine?

Posted by Gloria | April 24, 2008 11:23 AM

that is almost as cool as the unfinished hotel dominating Pyongyang.

Posted by vooodooo84 | April 24, 2008 11:23 AM

This is quite possibly the coolest thing you've linked to Chuckles.

This and that weird abandoned Nipponese island.

Posted by ecce homo | April 24, 2008 11:24 AM

a boon to low-budget sci-fi directors everywhere.

Posted by chops | April 24, 2008 11:51 AM

I want to go there and camp out. Can you imagine how beautiful it would be to sit on the top floor of one of those hotels and watch the sunset and stare at the stars? I imagine it would feel much like you were a survivor of the apocalypse, alone and lost and wandering the desert.

Posted by Queen_of_Sleaze | April 24, 2008 11:54 AM

Almost as cool as seeing those abandoned Dubai hotel towers jutting up from the sea once the polar ice-caps melt.

Posted by NapoleonXIV | April 24, 2008 12:14 PM

Weird -- the latest update on that blog is about my art director here at work.

Posted by Peter F | April 24, 2008 12:29 PM

someone MUST send these images to the James Bond production team; hopefully, it's not too late to film some scenes for "Quantum of Solace" at these locations.

That hotel LOOKS like a quantum of solace...

Posted by michael strangeways | April 24, 2008 12:56 PM

It's Vermillion Sands, straight out of J.G. Ballard. Except it's not in Florida.

I'm saving up for a plane ticket starting now.

Posted by Dr_Awesome | April 25, 2008 8:22 AM

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