Triple-Major Guest Post / Soviet Modernism Buildings by Natasha Ganelina

Posted On 12/07/2015 | 

Natasha works with the pioneers of Russian conceptual design - creative duo NINA DONIS, included in «FASHION NOW» book — I-D selects the world’s 150 most important designers and she writes a blog natasha-from-russia.tumblr.com about russian fashion, design, architecture, music etc.
In this article she shares with us some of the Soviet Modernism Buildings:
 
 
This choice can hardly be called fancy architecture of today. You will hardly see something like that in contemporary magazines, they would be more suitable for a surrealistic movie. Most of these buildings come from 70-s and 90-s and are usually called soviet modernism, futurism and brutalism. The fantasy of an author is absolutely unreal and fascinating and so is the experimental form vision. They fill in romance of soviet regime, bright days of space research and science breakthrough, utopian vision of soviet state system.
 
Besides that there are weird buildings from early 2000s that combine kitsch, tackiness, bad taste. You can see some of it in foreign trashy blogs about wild contemporary Russia.
 
 
 Dostoevsky Academic Drama Theatre, 
Veliky Novgorod, 1977 - 1987, 
architect: V. Somov
 
 
 «Shtrikh-Kod» (Barcode) shopping centre, 
St. Petersburg, 2004-2007, 
architect: «Vitruvius and Sons» studio 
 
 
«Sail House», 
Moscow, 2003-2005, 
architect: B. Uborevich-Borovsky
 
 
«Ring House», 
Moscow, 1972, 
architect: E. Stamo and A. Markelov
 
 
 Church of the Our Lady Derzhavnaya Icon, 
Nizhny Novgorod, 1998
 
 
Railway station,
 Lipetsk, 1994, 
architect: L.Syvenko
 
 
House of Soviets, 
Kaliningrad, 1970-80's, 
architects: L. Misozhnikov and G. Kucher
 
 
«Shot Glass»— Sheremetyevo 1 airport building, 
Moscow, 1954-1959, 
architects: G. Elkina and Y. Kryukova
 
 
 Center for Pediatric Hematology, Oncology, and Immunology, 
Moscow, 2008-2011, 
architects: M.Posohin and A.Asadov
 
 
 «Cosmos» Hotel, 
Moscow, ? - 1979, 
architect: Mosproject -1.
 
 
The Presidium of the Russian Academy of Sciences, 
Moscow, 1974-1990, 
architect: Y. Platonov
 
 
Church of St. John of Kronstadt, 
St. Petersburg, 1999-2002, 
architect: I. Knyazev
 
 
 Tower of Research Institute of Robotics and Technical Cybernetics,
 St. Peterburgeb, 1973-1986 
architects: B. Artiushin and S. Savin
 
 
«Flying saucer» Hotel, 
Dombay, 1969
 
 
 Testing system of High Voltage Research Center All-Russian Electrotechnical Institute, 
Greater Moscow Area, 80's-90's 
 
 
Tower of Research Institute of Robotics and Technical Cybernetics,
 St. Peterburgeb, 1973-1986 
architects: B. Artiushin and S. Savin
 
 
 Large telescope of the Special Astrophysical Observatory of the Russian Academy of Sciences, 
Dombay, 1976-1977
 
 
 
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ABOUT NATASHA:
Natasha worked as the editor of one of the most influential local media Afisha magazine (it is a bi-weekly magazine concerned with life, culture, politics, and style generally, and with a particular emphasis on Moscow city), then as the art director of the bar of Strelka Institute, one of Moscow's most interesting cultural venues which houses concerts and dj. Strelka is the place to see director Whit Stillman dancing to disco, singer Caroline Polacheck jumping on couches or architect Rem Koolhas having a late - night dinner.
At the moment Natasha works with the pioneers of Russian conceptual design - creative duo NINA DONIS, included in «FASHION NOW» book — I-D selects the world’s 150 most important designers and she writes a blog natasha-from-russia.tumblr.com about russian fashion, design, architecture, music etc.