Futuristic Architecture from USSR

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The ideological creators of communism and socialism were thinking their system is the system of the future. We here not to argue or agree with them but we want to show you the futuristic buildings that came out of their ideology. Truth to be told we must admit these buildings even though they couple dozen of years old they still look as if they come out of future. We’ll take you on a “return to future” tour through Russia, Ukraine and Belarus so you can view these interesting buildings! via(

1. Exhibition complex “Belexpo”, Minsk, Belarus.

This amazing building was constructed in 1989 and became one of the most prominent examples of the Belorussian Soviet architecture.

2. Crematorium in Kiev, Ukraine.

Another beautiful work of Abram Miletsky who designed “Salyut” hotel. The fanciful combination of arches doesn’t hint at the sad function of the building.

It still looks rather innovative even compared to the works of many famous modern architects.

3. The House of the Soviets, Kaliningrad, Russia.

Looks like a robot right? The two square towers made from relief panels and united by covered passages were started to be built in1970 at the place of the former castle of Konigsberg. They had been the most famous protracted construction in the west of Russia for a long time.

The 21-storey building is often called “a buried robot”, because it really resembles a robot’s head.

4. “Tarelka” (“Plate”) hotel in Dombai, Russia. 

Space capsule on Mars? It “landed” on the slope of Mussa-Achitara mountain at the height of 2250 meters. The structure is located close to the popular local ski resort.

There are only three rooms and one lobby in the building. The construction is made from polyester reinforced with fiber glass. The hotel may be disassembled into sixteen segments or be fully transported by helicopter.

5. Regional drama theater in Grodno.

Classical futurism? The theater was built in 1977-84 to become the real symbol of the city together with its other historic sights. The hall of the theater accomodates 800 spectators, the building itself resembles a castle tower standing on the high shore of the Neman.

6. Recreation and retreat centre “Druzhba”(“Friendship”), Yalta, Ukraine. 

Yes it’s Resident evil! Thanks to the unusual architecture the building of “Druzhba” was even featured in the movie  Resident Evil: Retribution (2012), where it served as a former Soviet military base in Kamchatka. It was joinly built by Soviet and Czechoslovak architects and accomodated 400 citizens of the two countries on the Crimean shore.

The views from the windows are wonderful.

7. Central research institute of robotics and technical cybernetics, Saint-Petersburg.

Not a chruch but a robotic laboratory! It’s one of the most famous buildings of the Soviet “space” architecture. The toothed tower of the experimental centre stands on the four-storey laboratory platform.

8. “Salyut” hotel, Kiev, Ukraine.

The building constructed in 1984 represents a concrete support tube that carries six dwelling storeys alltogether having the elliptical shape. In the upper part, under the roof, is a restaurant. Another restaurant is on the second floor of the stylobate part of the building. In the basement is a parking area. Specialists believe it was inspired by the metabolism architecture that was popular in the 60-70s in Japan.

9. Regional drama theater named after F. M. Dostoevskiy. Novgorod, Russia. 

Looks like something out “the Dune” movie. This building was constructed in 1987. The abstract composition has some elements of the ancient Russian architecture in their modern interpretation

10. Khmel’nitsky regional literary-memorial museum named after the writer Nikolay Ostrovskiy, Shepetovka, Ukraine.

The giant ring reveted with scarlet smalt lies on the five massive pillars. The ring symbolizes the wreath dedicated to the memory of the writer, the pillars symbolize the hands of those who adored his talent.

11. Summer theater in the park of Dnepropetrovsk, Ukraine.

The building resembling a shell was built in 1978 right in the pond, it became the main attraction of the park zone.

12. Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow.

The construction of thiscomplex had been lasting for 20 years and was completed in 1994. Its main building has 23 storeys. For that time it was the unique project that did not have analogues in Moscow.

The decorative elements made from glass and metal in the upper part of the building became its symbol. Locals call it “golden brains” and make up different legends about it.

13. Circle houses in Moscow.

Communist coloseum? Nope, the first one was built in 1973, its twin “brother” – six years later. The inner diameter of the house is 155 meters. There are 26 sections and 912 flats in the house, its total dwelling living area is 27 334 m2.

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