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Location DB > Greece > Attica > Ekali > Unidentified Suburban Oddity III
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Unidentified Suburban Oddity III
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created by SoupMeister on 11/7/2004 9:40 PM
last modified by SoupMeister on 12/6/2006 11:51 PM
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In case you haven't been reading, this is a strange bastardisation of two structures. Both are two level buildings, one much older than the other. The newer, unfinished structure is built on top of the older, abandoned one.

The original, older structure, probably built in the Fourties was abandoned some time in the mid-Sixties. It was a large site at the time, and very far away from civilisation (in the Fourties, anyway). I'm clueless as to its purpose. Initiatlly I thought 'hotel'. It had six individual hotel-like rooms on two levels, a large kitchen and a massive lobby-like room with a fireplace. There's also a front and rear veranda, a decorative pond, and what looks like a bar.

However, there are also shared, gym-like bathrooms with little to no privacy. And it's somehow linked to the Greek-Hebrew community. If any Jewish people here can offer any guesses, I'd love to hear them.

The newer structure was built later, and is not an annex by any definition. It consists of two separate apartments (probably) built on top of the older building, and not using it in any way. They look very modern, but their floorplans are so bizarre it's unbelievable.

They're accessed through separate stairs on either side of the building and share a huge balcony/terrace that happens to be the roof of the building below. Construction seems to have stopped right after the brick walls were built and all the electrical conduits and plumbing were installed.

Apartment A (north) has a sheltered stairwell and is on the same level as Apartment B (south), which has winding, open stairs ideal for rock climbers, skydivers and other people who've never experienced vertigo. Apartment B takes up two levels, the top one smaller. Both follow the roof of the building under them, hence the vertically asymmetrical layout.

Whoever designed them was out of his mind.

Apartment A has a room with a doorway so narrow I had to squeeze through. Once inside, there's space for absolutely nothing (unless you're a hobbit). There are 2-foot high steps taking up most of the space at the far end. There's still a window and radiator though, and a smallish room like a guest bathroom or store-room.

There's space for a fireplace placed against the huge glass windows, and a terrace door with a landing that's four feet from the floor, with no apparent provision for steps.

And there are more steps, platforms and landings in this place than even MC Escher could imagine.
 Basic Information
Type: Building
Status: Demolished
Accessibility: Easy
Recommendation: check it out if you're nearby
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Ekali, Attica
Greece
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  •  Hazards
  • Quake damage on kitchen walls (BEWARE); headache-inducing, insane architecture
  •  Interesting Features
    There are no fascinating machine rooms (well, one, but it's not great) or lovely tunnels, but the sheer weirdness of the architecture of EITHER of the two halves on its own is enough to make this site interesting.
     Security Measures
  • fences
  • in plain sight of people all around
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    Closed: 0
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     History
    I wish I had some concrete background to give. In fact, I wish it were as simple as all that. The simple issue of telling when this site was abandoned is confounded by the fact it was abandoned TWICE.

    The original, older structure was probably built in the Fourties was abandoned some time in the mid-Sixties. Later, possibly in the early Eighties, someone attempted to build two luxury apartments on top of the old structure, which would already have looked decrepit. Construction was abandoned (the new owner probably having run out of money), and the weird building combo was left at the mercy of the (merciless) local taggers and the omnipresent flower-selling gypsies who now use it as storage.
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     Future Plans
    Last time I rode past, there was a new apartment building being erected right next to it. The long abandoned nursing school across the road (that I managed to never go explore, kick me, kick me, kick me) is now a fancy spa hotel. I think this site will soon follow. Land is very expensive around those parts.

    I don't expect to see it there for long.

    Newsflash (2006-02-17): as of this morning, the land and building are for sale. Sigh.

    Newsflash (2006-10-26): it's demolished now.
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    My second (and third!) visits
    Sun, Jan 9th, 2005
    posted by SoupMeister


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    April 2004 Visit
    Sun, Nov 7th, 2004
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    Sun, Jan 9th, 2005
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    This location's validation is current. It was last validated by Emperor Wang on 12/7/2006 7:33 PM.

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  • on Dec 7 06 at 19:33, Emperor Wang validated this location
  • on Dec 6 06 at 23:51, SoupMeister changed the following: City
  • on Nov 1 06 at 17:46, Emperor Wang validated this location
  • on Nov 1 06 at 7:23, SoupMeister changed the following: Status, Future Plans
  • on Feb 17 06 at 17:42, SoupMeister changed the following: Latitude, Longitude
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  • on Feb 17 06 at 17:40, SoupMeister changed the following: Longitude
  • on Feb 17 06 at 17:39, SoupMeister changed the following: Future Plans
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