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6 of Russia's Best 21st Century Projects

00:00 - 6 January, 2015
6 of Russia's Best 21st Century Projects, © Ed Reeve, Adjaye Associates & AB Studios
© Ed Reeve, Adjaye Associates & AB Studios

Given the country's rich architectural history spanning almost the entirety of the 20th century, you'd be forgiven for thinking that the fall of Russian Communism in the early 1990s might have sparked an exciting new era in design. That promise hasn't exactly been fulfilled, but as The Calvert Journal reports, a few promising recent projects are hinting at a Russian Renaissance.

The last twenty years of architecture has added little but bog-standard steel-and-glass office blocks to the limited palate of the Russian cityscape — the usual glinting onion domes, pompous Stalinist neoclassicism and crumbling tower blocks. But lately some architects have dared to differ and turned bold blueprints into bricks and mortar. Read on after the break for our pick of the best Russian buildings of the last decade.

Courtesy of Totan Kuzembaev © Ostozhenka Bureau © Fotikdepo © The Calvert Journal + 12

Red Guest Houses / Totan Kuzembaev

00:00 - 12 February, 2010
Red Guest Houses / Totan Kuzembaev, Courtesy of  totan kuzembaev
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  • Architects

  • Location

    Russia
  • Architect

    Totan Kuzembaev
  • Project Year

    2004