23 Jan 2013
avatar Author: Colette Van Den Thillart
Creative Director

And the best thing about it, is one has the TIME, for a little B&E. By that of course I mean ‘break and entry’.   Whipping around with Nicky and my new BFF Joel Barkley (architect to the stars) and yapping about the joy of ruin….but we high brow it a bit and decide we are only interested in ‘ruin moderne‘.  Partly because Joel lives in one…..and partly just because I happen to know one near to where we are staying.

No Entry signs being what Nicky would call ‘a step in the right direction!‘.

Its a terribly chic, (well it was probably pretty awful lets face it), abandoned hotel with an olympic size swimming pool just WAITING  for Steven Meissel and a wallop of top models.  At least it’s pink!

The old kitchen looking abso ready for the Saatchi gallery lets be honest……could be a Pablo Lehman installation.

How about lace concrete…..burnt out with sea salt.  Can you top that??

And as we drove back, a bit giddy, I waffle on about one of my favorite architects Ricardo Bofill and the awe of visiting his cement factory years ago….which may well be THE most beautiful modern ruin but I certainly invite you to advise me otherwise.  I’m saying how I must dig out my old photo albums and look at my 35mm shots of it……only to return home and discover its JUST been photographed by Richard Powers and is featured in this months Elle Decor!!  So you can see for yourself…and I highly recommend that you do.

Photograph from Ricardo Bofill’s website

One Response to “AH VAY-KAY-SHUN…”

  1. avatar Bau says:

    Wow, what a place… As you point out, a great photo shoot setting – kind of ‘creepy industrial’ if there is such a genre!

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