A Colorful Demolition: The Abandoned Interiors of Ghent's Rabot Towers Revealed

In the 70s, towers were seen as the ideal solution for low-cost social housing. In the following decades, however, many of these towers became occupied by single people and the elderly rather than the young, low income families they were initially designed for. Today, though there may be many potential solutions, the most drastic solution is often pursued: knock them down and start again.

A great example is the Rabot towers in Ghent, Belgium. In the past, these three towers accommodated about 840 residents, but the quality and safety standards in the towers are no longer suitable for living. For example, one of the buildings has only one entrance hall and lift for 190 apartments over 17 floors. Since a total renovation and refurbishment of the towers would have been too costly, in 2009 the city and a social housing company decided to demolish the three towers and replace them with 400 new apartments in a low-density masterplan. The demolition of the first tower is now in progress. With the removal of the facade panels we get to see behind the building's public face, revealing the many living room interiors, where the bright walls are framed by the tight rhythm of the window frames, almost like an abstract artwork.

See more images of this "abstract artwork" after the break...

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© Pieter Lozie
© Pieter Lozie
© Pieter Lozie

Fréderic Louis is a Belgian architect, freelance photographer and founder of the architecture and urban design website Gentcement.

Pieter Lozie is a Belgian architect and architectural photographer based in Ghent, while his actual profession is making architectural 3D visualizations.

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Cite: Fréderic Louis. "A Colorful Demolition: The Abandoned Interiors of Ghent's Rabot Towers Revealed" 11 Apr 2014. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/494362/a-colorful-demolition-the-abandoned-interiors-of-ghent-s-rabot-towers-revealed> ISSN 0719-8884

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