Futuristic buildings of the late USSR

Futuristic buildings of the late USSR

It is believed that in the USSR everything was gray and of the same type, from trousers to cars. In part, we can agree - the planned economy did not leave designers a lot of room for maneuver. But not so simple.

Futuristic buildings of the late USSR

The French photographer Frederic Shoben once stumbled upon a photograph of the building of the Ministry of Highways in Tbilisi and was so impressed with the courage of architectural solutions that he took up a photo project about the futuristic architecture of the USSR of the 1970s - 1990s. Seven-year journey through the former Soviet republics turned into a beautiful photo book called Cosmic Communist Consructions Photographed (literally - "Photographed space buildings of communism").

Futuristic buildings of the late USSR

Ministry of Highways of the Georgian SSR

The preface states that the author wanted to demonstrate an unexpected flash of imagination of Soviet architects. Unlike the early years of the USSR, in the urban planning of the reporting period there is no single style. Schauben considers the spread of architectural thought to be a sign of a disintegrating political system.

Futuristic buildings of the late USSR

Dacha Presidium of the Supreme Soviet of the USSR on Lake Sevan, Armenia

Futuristic buildings of the late USSR

Wedding Palace in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan

“Each regime had its own, strictly defined aesthetics. She created for architects the boundaries of what is permitted. But what started to happen from the 70s is equal to a stylistic explosion, ”says the photographer.

Futuristic buildings of the late USSR

Institute of Robotics and Technical Cybernetics, St. Petersburg

Futuristic buildings of the late USSR

“Russia” cinema in Yerevan, Armenia

In total, the book contains 90 structures. And each of them literally breathes ideas of progress and the power of the Soviet Union.

Futuristic buildings of the late USSR

Wedding Palace in Tbilisi, Georgia

Futuristic buildings of the late USSR

Polytechnic Institute in Minsk, Belarus

At the same time, the above architectural masterpieces leave a double impression. Whether this is utopia is the inevitability of a bright future when the USSR will dictate the fashion to the whole world. Whether dystopia, in which the building of the House of Soviets itself seems to follow every person, like Big Brother from Orwell's novel.

Futuristic buildings of the late USSR

Council House in Kaliningrad

Futuristic buildings of the late USSR

Crematorium in Kiev

It is worth noting that Shoben clearly refers to the Soviet state with wariness and distrust. This is evident in his article for The Architectural Review: "... wherever I turned out, my interest was perceived as something strange — people who lived near these houses still had a strong hangover from the Soviet period."In principle, this is not surprising for a European.

Futuristic buildings of the late USSR

Academy of Sciences in Moscow

Futuristic buildings of the late USSR

Institute of Information in Kiev

Futuristic buildings of the late USSR

Sanatorium "Friendship", Yalta

Futuristic buildings of the late USSR

Andropov's Dacha in Parnu, Estonia

“Now symptoms of rehabilitation are observed,” the photographer writes. - In Estonia and Lithuania, for example, the new generation calls for recognizing these buildings as architectural monuments. Rejecting ideological premises, young people understand that it is better to preserve an ambiguous legacy than to face a historical void. ”

Futuristic buildings of the late USSR

Administration building, Rapla, Estonia

Futuristic buildings of the late USSR

Cottage Brezhnev in Palanga, Lithuania

Futuristic buildings of the late USSR

Hotel in Dombay

Futuristic buildings of the late USSR

Soviet Embassy in Cuba, Havana

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