[part 2] Imperial Garden Villas / 御苑花园别墅

This is a report about the Olympic villas at dusk and the mythical HOMKO CLUB.

I have been to this place quite a few times now, and I have already written a first report about Imperial Garden Villas, explaining how and why this unfinished-abandoned luxury villa compound can be found in the middle of a public park in Beijing. I really like the place, even if it feels strange inside the compound, especially at dusk, when you know that the zombies attack more easily after the sunset.

The HOMKO CLUB

This derelict clubhouse was an pretty incredible place to explore. It was almost finished when the project got interrupted and went in decay so one can notice many details in the building. The contrast with the old 1998 advertisement video is so extreme that I must show the video in this post too, so amazing:

The mythical HOMKO CLUB, Olympic villas, Dec 2015
The mythical HOMKO CLUB, Olympic villas, Dec 2015
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Club side view, Olympic Villas, Dec 2015
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European-inspired architecture, Olympic Villas, Dec 2015
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Club side view, Olympic Villas, Dec 2015
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Homko Club entrance, Olympic Villas, Dec 2015

The swimming pool was obviously my favorite element in the building.

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Swimming pool, Olympic Villas, Dec 2015
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Semi-frozen swimming pool perspective, Olympic Villas, Dec 2015
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Dry versus wet pool, Olympic Villas, Dec 2015
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Pool side, Olympic Villas, Dec 2015
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Pool side, Olympic Villas, Dec 2015

The dome over the swimming pool is extremely photogenic.

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Dome reflection in pool, Olympic Villas, Dec 2015
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Under the dome, Olympic Villas, Dec 2015
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Dome perspective, Olympic Villas, Dec 2015
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Inside the dome, Olympic Villas, Dec 2015

 

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Dome in the sunset, Olympic Villas, Dec 2015

In the clubhouse, all the rooms had very interesting floor and ceiling decorations: it really was a project of exclusive and luxurious taste.

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Ceiling perspective, Olympic Villas, Dec 2015
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Ceiling perspective, Olympic Villas, Dec 2015
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Ceiling perspective, Olympic Villas, Dec 2015
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Abandoned scene and ceiling perspective, Olympic Villas, Dec 2015
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Ceiling and floor perspective, Olympic Villas, Dec 2015
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Floor perspective, Olympic Villas, Dec 2015
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Window perspective, Olympic Villas, Dec 2015

One can also find other rooms worth visiting: the sauna near the pool, the bar/restaurant/karaoke/dancing rooms, the kitchen, the attic, etc…

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Abandoned bar, Olympic Villas, Dec 2015
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Kitchen, Olympic Villas, Dec 2015
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Attic (dangerous!), Olympic Villas, Dec 2015

The villas at dusk

After visiting the clubhouse, I did some exploration in the site, until it was dark.

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Dusk, Olympic Villas, Dec 2015
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Dusk, Olympic Villas, Dec 2015

I could take more pictures of inside the villas, even if they are very dangerous places to explore. The fireplaces were always extremely fascinating.

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Living-room, Olympic Villas, Dec 2015
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Fireplace, Olympic Villas, Dec 2015
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Fireplace with mirrors, Olympic Villas, Dec 2015

But as the night was slowly arriving, the alleys and villas became more and more frightening: it felt as if the houses without doors and windows, with all their different (unfinished) architectural designs, were watching us…

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Creepy villa, Olympic Villas, Dec 2015
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Creepy villa, Olympic Villas, Dec 2015

 

 

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Dusk is coming, Olympic Villas, Dec 2015
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Creepy villa, Olympic Villas, Dec 2015
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Creepy villa, Olympic Villas, Dec 2015
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Creepy alley, Olympic Villas, Dec 2015
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Creepy alley, Olympic Villas, Dec 2015
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Really creepy alley, Olympic Villas, Dec 2015
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Creepy alley, Olympic Villas, Dec 2015
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Creepy alley, Olympic Villas, Dec 2015
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Creepy alley, Olympic Villas, Dec 2015

According to the interviews I did, it seems that this place will finally be rehabilitated and not demolished. The repairs could begin in a few months. Brïn, if you want to keep on bothering the lonely lady by writing graffity on her body, you should hurry because she might get new neighbours soon!

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Good night lonely lady, Olympic Villas, Dec 2015

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