12 the worst architectural disasters

Architect — responsible and difficult job, but we all make mistakes. Mistakes in construction can sometimes result in terrible tragedy, the price of which — a lot of lost lives. We present you a dozen of the most catastrophic collapses of various buildings over the last century occurred outside of Russia.

12 the worst architectural disasters

12 the worst architectural disasters

Cinema "the Knick", Washington, USA, January 28, 1922

5-year-old building has withstood the severity of the thick layer of snow formed on the roof as a result of the Blizzard that didn't stop a couple of days. At the time of the collapse of the theater was full of people, killing 98 people.

12 the worst architectural disasters

Bridge Yarmouth, great Yarmouth, England, may 2, 1845

2 may 1845 to look at the representation of the clown floating down the river in a barrel, which was driven by Gus, came hundreds of children and their parents. They all gathered on the bridge Yarmouth. As soon as the crowd abruptly moved to the other side of the bridge to look like a clown swims under it, the design broke down, chains are broken, and the platform is turned over.

12 the worst architectural disasters

Factory "the Pemberton mill", Lawrence, Massachusetts, January 10, 1860

After 7 years, the factory building collapsed suddenly, killing 145 people. It turned out that during the construction were used cheap steel columns, which in the day of the tragedy did not survive.

12 the worst architectural disasters

Dam South Fork lake Conemaugh, PA, USA, may 31, 1889

12 the worst architectural disasters

In fact, the dam has long needed repair, and her breakthrough was only a matter of time. 20 million tons of water, breaking out, he headed in the direction of Johnstown, killing in the result of the 2209 people.

12 the worst architectural disasters

Bridge in Quebec, Canada, August 29, 1907 and September 11, 1916

The 987-metre-long bridge in Quebec, it is the longest cantilever bridge in the world, and he collapsed during its existence twice. The first time, killing 75 people and the second 13.

12 the worst architectural disasters

Tower Ronan Point, London, England, may 16, 1968

Only been a few months since the completion of construction, when the tower there was a gas leak. The explosion collapsed one load bearing wall. Four people were killed.

12 the worst architectural disasters

John Hancock tower, Massachusetts, New England, USA

The highlight of this building was the use of blue reflective glass. However, as practice showed, it was not the best solution. The glass could not withstand the load and under the pressure of the wind broke down tens and crumbled on the pavement. In particularly windy weather, police had to block the passageways to the building in order to avoid injury to passersby. 5 years later all 10 of 344 Windows were replaced.

12 the worst architectural disasters

The dam on the Teton river, Idaho, USA, 5 June 1976

12 the worst architectural disasters

Cause of a dam on the Teton river was the construction error that led to the deaths of 11 people and injuries to 13 thousand people.

12 the worst architectural disasters

Shopping center Sampoong, Seoul, South Korea, 29 June 1995

The collapse of a Department store in Seoul before the attack of 11 September was considered the most catastrophic. That day killed 502 people.

12 the worst architectural disasters

Hall "Versailles", Jerusalem, Israel, may 24, 2001

Designers badly calculated load, resulting in a design do not bear the weight of the crowd of dancing guests at the wedding. Then 23 people died and 380 were injured. It was the largest "domestic disaster" in the history of Israel.

12 the worst architectural disasters

The Lotus Riverside complex, Shanghai, China, 27 June 2009

12 the worst architectural disasters

The complex consisted of eleven 13-storey buildings, but in June 2009, one of them suddenly collapsed.

12 the worst architectural disasters

The building, Rana Plaza, Savar, Bangladesh, April 24, 2013

As soon as people noticed that the walls of an 8-storey building creeping crack began immediate evacuation. However, people from the upper floors did not have time to leave the building before its collapse. The crash killed 1127 people.

Keywords: Building | Disaster | Tragedy

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