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2012-11-18 11:54:37 AM  
That right there is some seriously strange architecture (and thankfully the viewer can de-slideify that page from a convenient link at the bottom of the first pic).
 
2012-11-18 12:21:28 PM  
I think that is a good example of how the free market weeds out some seriously funky designs. With notable exceptions of Gehry and the like... We mostly have boring, utilitarian buildings.

If you survived the wars and purges and were an architect, you probably could have built whatever the hell you wanted, given the right circumstances.
 
2012-11-18 03:11:37 PM  

NewportBarGuy: I think that is a good example of how the free market weeds out some seriously funky designs. With notable exceptions of Gehry and the like... We mostly have boring, utilitarian buildings.

If you survived the wars and purges and were an architect, you probably could have built whatever the hell you wanted, given the right circumstances.


To be fair, there was a lot of boring, utilitarian buildings in the former U.S.S.R. as well.

Still, really cool link, subby.
 
2012-11-18 05:01:32 PM  
When the apocalypse comes, "Institute of Robotics and Technical Cybernetics - St. Petersburg, Russia" will become my evil person lair/hideout. That is one cool looking building.

/krull
 
2012-11-18 05:20:55 PM  

coco ebert: To be fair, there was a lot of boring, utilitarian buildings in the former U.S.S.R. as well.


They probably killed so many architects and engineers they had the janitors design those concrete coffins. We don't do much better with public housing.
 
2012-11-18 05:39:13 PM  

NewportBarGuy: coco ebert: To be fair, there was a lot of boring, utilitarian buildings in the former U.S.S.R. as well.

They probably killed so many architects and engineers they had the janitors design those concrete coffins. We don't do much better with public housing.


Heh. Funnily enough, that type of large, modern public housing concept at the time was considered very forward-thinking, because it also included a lot of parks and public spaces to congregate (Le Corbusier and his type of architecture) and sought to end the tenement style housing of modernizing cities. That's kind of frowned upon now.

/Fun fact- hubby's grandfather worked under Le Corbusier.
//CSS
 
2012-11-18 06:18:47 PM  
www.asu.edu
FLW was also in touch with them
 
2012-11-18 06:20:49 PM  
Because subby = fail, here's the single-page version.
 
2012-11-18 06:29:15 PM  
Were Soviet buildings designed by aliens? Is such a thing even possible?

www.ufocasebook.com

I say yes.
 
2012-11-18 06:32:58 PM  
Notice how all of the interesting buildings also appear to have been built for interesting occupants.

A holiday center - with 360 degree windows.

A ministry of highways building - that looks like a bunch of shipping containers.

A theater - ok a theatre is a blank check opportunity to make interesting structures.

A palace of weddings - that looks like a palace.

The institute of robotics and technical cybernetics - in a building with very sharp angles and technical features.

THe instute of scientific and technological research and development - looks like a flying saucer
 
2012-11-18 06:46:08 PM  
Sweet Jesus everything in Russia is so washed out and terrible. Except the Dostoyevsky Theater, that was cool.
 
2012-11-18 06:46:27 PM  
We could probably come up with 14 buildings in the U.S. that are equally unique. And there are just as many boring utilitarian buildings in the US and former Soviet Republic. There were some cool buildings though.
 
2012-11-18 06:56:35 PM  
That 'Holiday Center' would make an absolutely awesome hotel. A few snoozers around 9-12 or so, but the rest were great.
 
2012-11-18 06:57:34 PM  

titwrench: We could probably come up with 14 buildings in the U.S. that are equally unique. And there are just as many boring utilitarian buildings in the US and former Soviet Republic. There were some cool buildings though.


The difference is that most of the time, people KNOW about these. The ones in Russia(And former Soviet states) are kinda hidden gems.
 
2012-11-18 07:16:45 PM  
I saw an art exhibition on Soviet architecture a while back. If you think this is weird, you should have seen the stuff they didn't build!
 
2012-11-18 07:21:12 PM  
Vodka = Aliens?
 
2012-11-18 07:26:19 PM  
When have the Russians NOT had funky ideas about how to out together a building?

www.destination360.com
 
2012-11-18 07:49:04 PM  

snuff3r: When the apocalypse comes, "Institute of Robotics and Technical Cybernetics - St. Petersburg, Russia" will become my evil person lair/hideout. That is one cool looking building.

/krull


When the apocalypse comes, the Institute of Robotics and Technical Cybernetics will be where it was initiated from.

/it will also be guarded by terminators
 
2012-11-18 07:57:17 PM  

INTERTRON: When the apocalypse comes, the Institute of Robotics and Technical Cybernetics will be where it was initiated from.


I thought they would have been the first against the wall.
 
2012-11-18 07:57:49 PM  
Several of those would be much nicer if they had been kept up better or had nicer landscaping.

The Palace of Weddings would look wonderful as the Terminal at the Spaceport with a couple of dozen rockets perched nearby ready. Make sure you have your passports and shots.
 
2012-11-18 08:07:16 PM  
Further evidence:

ruvr.ru

Headquarters of the Russian Academy of Sciences with "brains" on top
 
2012-11-18 08:08:24 PM  

NewportBarGuy: If you survived the wars and purges and were an architect, you probably could have built whatever the hell you wanted, given the right circumstances the Party wanted.


FTFY
 
2012-11-18 08:10:26 PM  

MrEricSir: Because subby = fail, here's the single-page version.


Subby most likely runs that website
 
2012-11-18 08:19:00 PM  

Cthulhu_is_my_homeboy: NewportBarGuy: If you survived the wars and purges and were an architect, you probably could have built whatever the hell you wanted, given the right circumstances the Party wanted.

FTFY


For example...

static.guim.co.uk
 
2012-11-18 08:38:19 PM  
Well, it's not in any part of the former Soviet Union, but the WVU Coliseum fits in here pretty well. 

farm8.staticflickr.com
 
2012-11-18 08:40:11 PM  

MrEricSir: Because subby = fail, here's the single-page version.


Glad to see this was pointed out.

Subby is retarded.
 
2012-11-18 08:51:40 PM  
Dunno' about aliens, but this one proves their involvement with dwarfs:

www.flavorwire.com
 
2012-11-18 09:47:07 PM  
Horizon House (the last entry) is, more properly, a prefab to be blamed on Finland.

Futuro

upload.wikimedia.org
 
2012-11-18 10:03:56 PM  
Yes, comrade, it is time to enter our soviet columbarium.
 
2012-11-18 10:09:01 PM  
images.wikia.com
Institute of Robotics and Technical Cybernetics - St. Petersburg, Russia
 
2012-11-18 10:21:27 PM  
I could find just as crazy examples of architecture in the west, if I had a few hours. By then, nobody will care.
 
2012-11-18 10:30:04 PM  
tours-tv.com

The French too.
 
2012-11-18 10:33:36 PM  
I didn't know the USSR had their own Starfleet Academy.

www.flavorwire.com
 
2012-11-18 10:42:43 PM  

johnsmith99: I could find just as crazy examples of architecture in the west, if I had a few hours. By then, nobody will care.


Nobody cares already.
 
2012-11-18 10:50:04 PM  

snuff3r: When the apocalypse comes, "Institute of Robotics and Technical Cybernetics - St. Petersburg, Russia" will become my evil person lair/hideout. That is one cool looking building.

/krull


perfect for launching the robot army of the future
 
2012-11-18 10:51:00 PM  

B.L.Z. Bub: johnsmith99: I could find just as crazy examples of architecture in the west, if I had a few hours. By then, nobody will care.

Nobody cares already.


See, told you.
 
2012-11-18 11:01:30 PM  

MaoTenDoo: I didn't know the USSR had their own Starfleet Academy.

[www.flavorwire.com image 600x368]


The Star Trek future is well-known Commie propaganda.
 
2012-11-18 11:27:29 PM  
The House of Soviets, Kaliningrad looks like an okay ripoff of mid-period (ie, around the same time as the Yale School of Architecture) Paul Randolph.
 
2012-11-19 12:01:20 AM  
House of Soviets - Kaliningrad, Russia reminds me a little of Saints Mary and Elizabeth hospital in Chicago

www.flavorwire.com 

farm4.static.flickr.com
 
2012-11-19 12:26:35 AM  
Funky architecture is cheap public art.

The commies couldn't come up with a way to make consumer goods low-labor. There was only command to produce, and command doesn't respond very quickly.
 
2012-11-19 03:52:23 AM  
Looks like half of them are in Georgia.
Thanks for the cool link, subby.
 
2012-11-19 04:07:42 AM  
I climbed this one! See that curved ladder up the tower?

Fyodor Dostoevsky Theater - Novgorod, Russia - http://www.flavorwire.com/347326/the-very-best-of-strange-soviet-archi tecture#3
 
2012-11-19 07:38:27 AM  
assets.flavorwire.com

That is an astonishing amount of urban filth.
 
2012-11-19 08:35:40 AM  
Architectural proof that the Soviets were aliens, or at least in contact with them

No, this is just proof that most buildings in the Soviet Union were designed by people with less talent than first year architecture school flunk-outs.
 
2012-11-19 11:12:24 AM  

Fabric_Man: I saw an art exhibition on Soviet architecture a while back. If you think this is weird, you should have seen the stuff they didn't build!


this. they had some wacky ideas based around Constructivism and Futurism.
 
2012-11-19 11:59:39 AM  

Gordon Bennett: [assets.flavorwire.com image 600x391]

That is an astonishing amount of urban filth.


Snow on the roof makes me suspect they are using salt on the road. A recipe for filthy vehicles at least.
 
2012-11-19 12:06:08 PM  

Gordon Bennett: [assets.flavorwire.com image 600x391]

That is an astonishing amount of urban filth.


No, just winter.
 
2012-11-19 12:15:52 PM  
So, we have lots of reinforced concrete and wood, but not much else to build out of.
And we are ideologically constrained from referencing any religious architecture or religously-derived architecture.

So of course our shiat looks like a combination of Legos and the Jetsons
 
2012-11-19 12:40:00 PM  
It wasn't built under the Soviets but I'm a fan of the Belarus National Death Star Library

uhaweb.hartford.edu
 
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