Tim Knifton

French administration

Today I write (but only briefly) about an abandoned administration building known as “Bureau Central”.

After leaving Luxembourg and crossing the French border, we aimed to arrive here and photograph this abandoned, dark but impressive building. The buildings and the outer perimeter was a hive of building activity and trucks so stealth to gain access was important here.


Central Office was built in 1892 and was expanded in 1926 through the development of the company. This huge building was abandoned in 1986 following a merger between two leading companies in the steel industry in France.

This is pretty much all the history I could find on this place. The interior was damp and dark but the architecture itself was impressive in all its decaying beauty and the three of us spent a few hours here taking in the sights before leaving the way we came in.

Some of the photos are below.

'Administration ceased'


'Distorted Bureaucracy'

'External of the Bureau'

'Lead through'

'Open door policy'

'People in glass houses......'

'The corridors of power'

Thanks for reading.


This entry was published on June 5, 2013 at 5:00 pm. It’s filed under Architecture, Europe, HDR, Photography, Travel, Unseen places, Urbex photography and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Follow any comments here with the RSS feed for this post.

2 thoughts on “French administration

  1. What a great building! Buona Giornata, Giovanni

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