The average height of the apartment buildings ranges from 12 to 14 stories, depending on the building. It is visible when one is taking an arterial road which is separated by large rice fields and to what seems to be an old unused airstrip. Being curious about the apartments, my friend and I set off on our own little urban exploration.
We ventured into what I would call building six, from an aerial photo which I labeled for better tracking purposes. The amount of space that the complex occupies is immense, with the longer buildings being able to take up an entire city block.
From what we observed, with the amount of construction equipment, bricks and mortar that were placed in each floor, it seems as though the construction workers simply just got up and left. Even the molds that are used to construct each floor hang precariously on the last floor that they constructed.
We managed to climb up to the twelfth floor, with the thirteenth and the “rooftop” being blocked off with ruble and construction equipment.
During the exploration, I was deeply obsessed with one question; why did they stop construction? Once I processed the photos, I did a brief search on the internet but interestingly, no information could be found. The only thing which I could do was to ask collegues at work if they knew anything about these apartments.
Aerial photos from 2008 indicates that construction already come to halt with the lack of construction vehicles on the site. In the 2009 aerial photo, one can observe that Mother Nature has slowly taken over the empty spaces between each apartment complex.
As of today, the whole site is still considered “under construction” but with the absence of construction workers and the large scale of vegetation that has taken over then construction site, it seems as though the complex will never be finished.
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Yuseong Sola Apartments