‘The place that stirs my imagination.’ A post open for everyone.

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We are excited to announce the first of many ‘open posts’ that we will be doing here on metrokit as a form collaborative work. To participate just use the comment function at the bottom of this post and feed it with thoughts and images (2MB max).

The title we are starting off with is ‘The place that stirs my imagination’.
You always wanted go to a certain place  but never went? Or maybe you did. Maybe you followed its fascination, maybe you just imagined it. Whichever way your story went, we would like to hear it. Show us this place.

 

Take a look at people’s places in the comment section below.

 

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  • Florian

    I am drawn to abandoned places. Berlin with its turbulent recent history still has many of those sites. Some have become popular weekend destinations for ‘urban explorers’ or photographers. The place that caught my attention is rather unfashionable. It is a wrecked and boxy building located next to the ‘Ringbahn’, the circular city train line in Berlin.

    Sitting on those trains and going to work, I saw this building regularly. It became a sad and silent companion on my daily commute. I decided to change the perspective and went there someday. Instead of rushing past on those trains, I found myself standing in one of those shattered windows. I was looking down on the railway line and into those carriages with its passengers gazing outside absent-mindedly. I knew their perspective all too well. For them it all was their daily routine. For me however, looking at them from up here, it felt quite special to step out of the routine for once.

    • http://www.tobsemeyer.de/ Tobias

      Nice photos and an interesting change of perspective!

  • Guest

    The old sugar mill in Schöppenstedt was a place that definitely spurred my imagination and fantasy. One thing that made this factory so incomparable and special for me was a huge steely bee, sitting on a steel-bloom on top of the factory. Cheerfully laughing, the bee gave the whole complex a certain kind of serenity that didn’t seem proper to the massive industrial-building.
    As a child, it was absolutely mysterious for me how something so fine, so sweet and pure as sugar could come out of such a grubby and smelly place. Behind the dirty-brown walls I assumed a kind of candy-wonderland where busy – but happy – bees produce the white powder that was so existential for my daily dose of cereals. Later – when I had to realize that sugar isn’t made by bees – the factory had long been vanished.
    At least, the steely bee is still laughing. Even though on a parking place of a supermarket that took over the ground of the old facility and changed something special and unique into something completely convertible.

  • http://www.tobsemeyer.de/ Tobias

    The old sugar mill in Schöppenstedt was a place that definitely spurred my imagination and fantasy. One thing that made this factory so incomparable and special for me was a huge steely bee, sitting on a steel-bloom on top of the factory. Cheerfully laughing, the bee gave the whole complex a certain kind of serenity that didn’t seem proper to the massive industrial-building.
    As a child, it was absolutely mysterious for me how something so fine, so sweet and pure as sugar could come out of such a grubby and smelly place. Behind the dirty-brown walls I assumed a kind of candy-wonderland where busy – but happy – bees produce the white powder that was so existential for my daily dose of cereals. Later – when I had to realize that sugar isn’t made by bees – the factory had long been vanished.
    At least, the steely bee is still laughing. Even though on a parking place of a supermarket that took over the ground of the old facility and changed something special and unique into something completely convertible.

  • Lesley Goren

    There is a live/ work development I visited recently, Playa Vista. Although there were some traits to this development I admire- it is walkable and bike friendly, it is a diverse community, the commercial and residential spaces are nicely integrated- it still felt uninspired to me. Perhaps it’s the blanketed newness of the whole development? Or is it that the buildings feel so similar even though their facades have been created in different styles- like different icings on the same cake? Could it be the feeling of so much concrete….?

    Still, though, it took a hold of my imagination and I couldn’t stop thinking about this place. I wondered if in a hundred years, after time and future occupants had changed its features would it seem more visually interesting? What if artists could come and make murals, create land art in the few green spaces there? What if some buildings came down and different ones were put up? Buildings that will be built in 2025?

    I played around with a photo of some town homes there and made a painting from it, trying to use the buildings and roads and sky to recreate something more visually complex: