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AD Round Up: Architecture of the Soviets

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 EnglishRussia.com compiles a list of some of the “best of the best” in Soviet architecture—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!

Regional Drama Theater. Image © Wikimedia CC User A Kostichev Amalir Sports and Concert Complex. Image via boxingscene.com The House of the Soviets. Image © Wikimedia CC User Volkov Vitaly Central Research Institute of Robotics and Technical Cybernetics. Image © Wikimedia CC User AKA MBG

Amalir Sports and Concert Complex- Yerevan, Armenia

Amalir Sports and Concert Complex. Image via boxingscene.com
Amalir Sports and Concert Complex. Image via boxingscene.com

Railway Station- Dubulty, Latvia

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

Olympia Hotel- Tallinn, Estonia

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

Regional Drama Centre- Grodno, Belarus

Regional Drama Theater. Image © Wikimedia CC User A Kostichev
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 House of the Soviets. Image © Wikimedia CC User Volkov Vitaly

The Palace of Ceremonial Rites- Tbilisi, Georgia

The Palace of Ceremonial Rites. Image via www.lossiantiik.ee
The Palace of Ceremonial Rites. Image via www.lossiantiik.ee
Cite:Connor Walker. "AD Round Up: Architecture of the Soviets" 31 Jul 2014. ArchDaily. Accesed . <http://www.archdaily.com/533135/ad-round-up-architecture-of-the-soviets/>