Barentsburg, Svalbard. Here in an arctic time capsule, whose inhabitants left due to depleting coal reserves, the role of a geographical setting in the durability of structures void of human grooming and maintenance is really rather evident. Rain’s ability in harmony with a temperate climate to rot the structural integrity of any building containing wood is rather unparalleled: twenty-year disregarded structures hidden amidst even tame, agricultural countryside can see their wooden floors and walls noticeably crumble after harsh winters, whilst just-as-old timber buildings in arctic tundra seen here climates remain freezer-preserved and dignified with no human aid whatsoever. Something, therefore, must have gone quite oddly awry with this block of flats.


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