Thursday 23 October 2008

Creepy abandoned futuristic village in Taiwan

On the very northernmost coast of Taiwan lies the spookily bizarre San Zhi resort, which consists entirely of circular, multi-coloured pods stacked on top of one another. Furthermore, these strange habitats have been completely abandoned for a number of years, and are slowly rotting away into nothing.

One story says that the project had to be abandoned after several fatal accidents occurred during construction, and according to local rumours, this ghost city is now haunted by those who died building it.

There seems to be very little actual information about these buildings available online (at least in English), but they may have been built by the government in the early 80s “in an attempt to position this as a luxurious holiday location for the rich of Taipei”. The concept behind the strange design might have been that they could expand the buildings vertically as required, simply by adding more pods on top.


  1. That is truly awesome. It reminds me of the Dharma initiative...:)

  2. I can see what you mean! Designed to look futuristic but still looks like something from the 60's.

  3. Why would there have to be a concept for expansion behind this design, it is just a modern design. A thought, the architect might have liked it?

  4. Robert, Who knows, maybe he hated it, knowing it would be doomed to be a bizarre tourist resort graveyard.

    Personally I love it, reminds me of a the past rather than the future. A forgotten amusement-caravan park.

  5. Strange (étrange).

    All those buildings abandoned give these great feeling of strangeness.

    A place where people lived, where it was kind of modern to live, where life was going to be different, better... and know everybody is gone...

    Strange to see what stays from a human project.

    Like during the high middle age, people used to live nearby the relics of the roman empire, without using them. The roman cities with their hudges amphitheatres, thermal baths, temples... where empty, and slowly declining.

  6. Horassius, someday far in the future, people will come from far and wide to stare at it, thinking, "WTF"