THE ABANDONED, DECAYED AND FORGOTTEN!

S.A. SAFEA
[AMMONIAK PRODUCER]

NOVEMBER 2004 AND AUGUST 2005 - 75 PHOTOS
DEMOLISHED IN 2006

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Safea is a huge site full of beautiful decayed architectural buildings that has been abandoned in the late seventies. The Ammonia factory produced a large chain of hills full of waste products. These hills are nowadays overgrown with weeds and trees. I explored this well preserved factory two times.

There are almost no vandalism and graffiti tags to be find. Doors are not locked and everything is still on it's original place, just like it was the last day of work. All entrance doors have warning signs about "danger, forbidden to smoke, toxic chemicals and only accessible by qualifying personnel. Most of these doors are wide open you can walk right in here. Be carefull where to put you're next step. If you don't, you'll will get hurt. The site is having all kinds of corroded colours and decayed structures. Paint and wallpaper is letting lose from wood and walls. Tools are hanging on boards, the warehouse contains lots of never used material.

Spare parts and components are placed in large wooden storage tanks loaded with oil, to protect it against corrosion. At the account department there are all sorts of personal information to find and a large amount of original blue prints. The large production buildings have a nasty smell of chemicals and petrol on their ground floor. This was the location for the storage of basic raw material

Can you imagine to find such a location in the Netherlands? In the Netherlands every way of acces will be closed and locked as soon as possible. These abandoned buildings will quickly be demolished or reconstructed. The walls surrounding the place where isolating the site for a long time. The site is finally demolished in march 2006. To me it was one of the most fascinated factories to explore.