AD Round Up: Architecture of the Soviets

  • 31 Jul 2014
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Druzhba Recreation and Retreat Centre - Yalta, Ukraine. Image © Frédéric Chaubin via

During the Soviet Union’s relatively brief and tumultuous history, the quest for national identity was one that consumed Russian culture. The decadence of Czarist society was shunned, and with it, the neoclassical architecture the Czars so loved. Communism brought with it an open frontier for artistic experimentation, particularly where public buildings were involved. It was on this frontier that Russian Constructivism was born, and some of Russia’s greatest buildings were built.  This article on compiles a list of some of the “best of the best” in —and we liked it so much that we’ve compiled our own top ten list! See all of our favorite Soviet projects, after the break!

Amalir Sports and Concert Complex- Yerevan, Armenia

Amalir Sports and Concert Complex. Image via

Railway Station- Dubulty, Latvia

Railway station (1977); Dubulti, Jūrmala, Latvia / Ilya Yavein © Jānis Vilniņš,

Olympia Hotel- Tallinn, Estonia

Olympia Hotel. Image © Flickr CC User BeeFortyTwo

Embassy of the USSR- Havana, Cuba

Embassy of the USSR in Cuba. Image © Flickr CC User Manuel Castro

Central Research Institute of Robotics and Technical Cybernetics- Saint-Petersburg, Russia

Central Research Institute of Robotics and Technical Cybernetics. Image © Wikimedia CC User AKA MBG

Russian Academy of Sciences- Moscow, Russia

Russian Academy of Sciences. Image © Flickr CC User Bernt Rostad

Regional Drama Centre- Grodno, Belarus

Regional Drama Theater. Image © Wikimedia CC User A Kostichev

The House of the Soviets- Kaliningrad, Russia

The House of the Soviets. Image © Wikimedia CC User Volkov Vitaly

The Palace of Ceremonial Rites- Tbilisi, Georgia

The Palace of Ceremonial Rites. Image via
Cite: Walker, Connor. "AD Round Up: Architecture of the Soviets" 31 Jul 2014. ArchDaily. Accessed 30 May 2015. <>
  • Kramola

    Yalta it is Russia now.

  • tuan vu

    must desstroyy

  • Dan

    It would be great to put a bomb on every brutalistic or Le Corbusier´s building.

    • thisis

      What do you have against Corb?

  • FA

    Marvelous. Just marvelous

  • Евгений

    Ялта – это Россия. Это нужно запомнить!

  • vahid
  • ali irani

    معماري ايراني را بيشتر بدانيد،معماري گذشته ايران،داري پايداري،همساز با آب و هوا و اقليم ،فن ساخت،هنر،معنويت ،توجه ودرك شناخت از انسان و انسانيت و… را داراست.

  • Mike

    it’s easy to destroy… try to create something…