This is one of the creepiest houses the Comdig Urban Exploration team has ever been to and where people live. Urbex team was simply amazed at the conditions in which people live here. Or probably local residents simply try to survive there.
The derelict house at Dmitrov 5b St., notoriously known to every Vorkuta resident as the “Chinese wall”. At the moment, this is a real house from a horror movie, without any exaggeration. The house of the TP-85 Soviet project was built in 1981 and consisted of 341 apartments in total, of which there are currently only about 50 residential apartments.
History of a creepy building in Vorkuta
During the USSR era, this mid-size building was once considered elite in Vorkuta. Concierges sat on the front doors, so there was always order in the house, and only residents of the house could get inside. At the end of the building, there were several shops, Soviet signs from which still remain on the facade of the building. In one of the two entrances, there was a police station.
The highlight of this house was the iron inscription on the roof, installed back in Soviet times, which can be seen from many points of Vorkuta. The inscription reads: “Glory to the Conquerors of the Arctic.” The ragged inscription of rusty iron letters remains on the roof to this day. It seems that one of the letters is about to fall off and fall on your head.
The shops in the house are now closed. The police station has long been abandoned, and the building is gradually falling apart right before travellers eyes. If you raise your head and look around the house, you will notice that a good half of the windows in it are filled with boards. It turns out that only about 50 people live here, and non-residential apartments are simply filled with boards so that snow does not fall into abandoned apartments.
Back in 2015, the management company abandoned the house, after which hell began inside. The house was put up for auction by management companies several times, but no one dared to take it to themselves. Since all the entrances are wide open and there are no intercoms here, the urbex team calmly gets inside. Apparently, they found themselves inside a real horror movie.
Indoor walking at creepy mid-size building in Vorkuta
Shabby walls that crumbled to a brick base, long dark corridors clogged with boards and whatever the doors to abandoned apartments, and an eerie stench that just hurts your eyes. It is hard to breathe inside. Naturally, every corner of this house is painted with various kinds of graffiti, which are left here by local youth.
They come here to drink alcohol, well, they relieve their needs right here, for themselves, from which the smell intensifies several times. The garbage chute on the stairs is tightly welded. It is understandable – there is simply no one to take out the garbage here.
And this is an elevator on the left wing of the house. There are two of them here. Once upon a time, this very elevator fell down and fell into the shaft. Thank God that at that moment there were no people inside and everything went without casualties. But since then, the elevator has not worked, and on many floors, its doors are clogged with ordinary boards so that the kids do not climb into the mine after the next meeting with strong drinks.
People simply cannot live in such conditions, so they flee the city, leaving their apartments to fend for themselves. Over time, these apartments are looted, homeless people move in.
For example, this is how a typical abandoned apartment looks like. The windows are boarded up so that in winter snow does not fall inside the house and in the spring does not flood the neighbors below. And there is still heating in the house. Why heat the arctic tundra?
The apartments are a complete mess. Almost all of them have been plundered long ago. In many of them, neighbors arrange a real garbage dump, taking bags with household waste directly to abandoned apartments.
Long dark corridors, at the end of which a single dim lamp burns on two bare wires. Many of the locals told the Comdig Urban Exploration team later that sometimes they are simply afraid to leave their apartment because many different crimes are committed in the building due to a large number of marginalized youth.
The mailboxes are long gone, and those that remained are broken and turned inside out. It is customary here to put mail and receipts directly into the door handle. Finally, the urbex team reaches the end of the creepy building. The second elevator is located here, which, surprisingly, turned out to be working. True, the elevator call button, it seems, has not called the elevator itself for a long time.
this is what the exit from the entrance looks like. A concierge once sat behind boarded-up windows and doors. If you look closely, you will notice that the whitewash is no longer white. The entire ceiling is covered with soot because the house was burned more than a dozen times.
Windows of ordinary abandoned apartments. Some people just fled, leaving everything as it is. In others, the owners simply passed away, but to this day they regularly receive receipts for the maintenance and repair of housing.