April 24, 2010

Bangkok, Thailand : Abandoned Skyscraper - Sathorn Unique Aint Worth Shit Yo


Abandoned skyscraper, Bangkok, Thailand. Fifty levels, of abandonded skyscraper. Wood flooring installed, bathroom suites connected, wiring, plumbing, fire safety systems, all done. Prime realestate on the river-bank downtown, with spectacular views. The "Sathorn Unique" was to be one of Bangkok's most exclusive residential developments. Like many other sites, constuction was abandoned during the asian financial crisis of the late 90's. As with food, Asian's do financial crisis's way better than us whiteys. How many skyscrapers were abandoned during the recent GFC? None. Think about it. Standing on a fifity level, almost completed skyscaper, some Thai guy says "fuck it man, lets just go eat some fried chicken. Yo! Kasit, Suthep, Sui Min...drop your helmets bitches! We're gettin' the fuck out of here! This building aint worth shit yo".























19 comments:

drumrats said...

Insane!!!

N. said...

Fucken oath! Nice to hear from you Drum..!

Me said...

10th photo down, the side profile of the building. Just spent a solid 40 seconds scrolling up and down really fast on it. On some magic eye shit.

Christian said...

The Asians Finanical Crisis was about 12/13 years ago. You would have thought that somebody would have purchased the shell and finished it

N. said...

Yep Christian, it was a while ago now. There are many buildings like this in Bangkok. Given the number of new towers currently under construction, it mustn't make financial sense to resurrect these shells. Makes for an interesting city!

Anonymous said...

crises. not crisis's's's.

N. said...

My thaks to tha speling polise.

BRIK said...

I'm loving the plastic wrap that is still on the escalator- at least that's what I think it is.

Tom said...

Heya Nate,

I was wondering if you like to do some Exploring together some time. I've begun exploring pretty solidly for a good year now with a Mate and other random friends dragged along who are interested.

I'm developing a website which will store a map and photos of various locations though I'm not sure how much to put available to the public. Anyway we could share some notes. I have rumours of underground mail tunnels in Perth and Underground hospitals in Sir Charles Hospital which I'm keen to prove/disprove.

Love the site and photos by the way. Funny thing I was exploring a stopped building site in ascot region which was about 10 stories and looked very very cool. But you had to go find a bigger one now didn't you :)

When I get my site fully operational we can have an 'explore-off' and see which can get some better places or better photos.

drop me an email: waus@urbansurveing.com.au
feel free to pass on publishing this by the way

I've added the website link but its got nothing on it at the moment. Still unsure quite how to fill it but will happen shortly. We seem to be losing many great sites these days.

Ohh how did you go with the entertainment centre? That is high on my priorities at the moment.

Akrylamid said...

"fuck it man, lets just go eat some fried chicken. Yo! Kasit, Suthep, Sui Min...drop your helmets bitches!"

If a laugh prolongs your life for five minutes you gave me about an hour :)

N. said...

Thanks man, just doing my job...

Anonymous said...

What's with this Tom gimp? Has he no manners?

;P said...

Here is an example of a skyscraper that already had millions dumped into it and a foundation built just to be canceled due to the GFC. Whiteys sill want to make money.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chicago_Spire

Korapin said...

I'll be heading to Thailand in May and am hoping to document a bunch of abandoned high rises. Would you be able to give any advice in terms of accessing these sites and what to aware of.

Cheers,
Amie

N. said...

Hi Amie,
a) Watch out for packs of wild dogs throughout the abandoned buildings (serious). They are aggressive, very protective of their territory, and roam in large packs.
b) Crumbling concrete, holes that extend for forty or more levels down (in the dark), sharp objects, and other debris
c) Homeless people, often on drugs.
d) You will be committing a crime just being inside the private property, watch out for security guards, and police. Thai jails are not fun, so I have heard.

So in summary, enjoy your experience, and be very careful.

Glenn said...

I can confirm that Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital does in deed have an array of underground tunnels and treatment areas.

Iain Kendall said...

I've been up that bad boy right to the top a couple of times and have loads of pics if you want i can put them up. It is the biggest waste of cash i have came across in my entire life. They use it for mega scale advertiseing now haha

Anonymous said...

Crazy stuff. There are the same things in Jakarta. I believe the humidity/moisture gets into the structure and the cost to restart/finish the building is too great. Costs heaps to finish, cost heaps to demolish so they just sit there.

Anonymous said...

Great blog Nate, you may have heard of this already but here is an article on the worlds tallest abandoned building in venezuelas. These pics reminded me of the story. http://m.washingtonpost.com/blogs/worldviews/wp/2013/08/02/a-video-tour-of-the-tower-of-david-venezuelas-infamous-skyscraper-turned-slum/

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