There are seven 16-storey apartment buildings in Pripyat. Five of them were built according to the special plans that could be suitable only in closed satellite-towns near nuclear power plants.
It is very dangerous to visit such buildings in Pripyat – about one third of them could collapse at any time.
This buildings are situated in the northern part of Pripyat.
There are yards around them.
There are daffodils near one of the buildings – someone planted them before 1986, and the flowers still thrive in this place, not losing ground to local weeds.
A very recognizable part of the special project for such towns are the slanting concrete panels covering the railing of the fire escape.
the building has only one entrance for tenants (a “Corridor” system), and at the rear of the building there are all sorts of cultural and everyday objects – in this house it seems a library may have been inside.
Exterior trim has fallen off in many places. Generally the quality of construction in Pripyat is quite low.
The whole staircase is black – here looters lit bonfires, it is unknown whether they were burning the insulation off the wires, or smelted aluminum ingots for subsequent sale (or maybe both). In the upper floors there are some sounds – it could be a knock from doors and windows moving with the wind, or perhaps a sign of the presence of strangers in the building.
The path to the apartment building is made of concrete. These paths were made immediately after construction of the house and then were gradually replaced with asphalt or tiles.
There are 2 lifts.
An elevator shaft.
In such buildings there were 1-room, 2-roomed, and 3-roomed flats.
Under the roof, there were communication doorways.
On the roof the background radiation is significantly higher than on the ground.
On April 26 many residents watched the fire at the station from here and received huge doses of radiation. The radioactive background in Pripyat was at about 1 roentgen per hour, which exceeds the safe rate by approximately 100,000 times.
The Belorussian exclusion zone can be seen.
The green grass near the house.