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ISBN 978-5-903433-43-8
232 p., 29.0 х 26.0 cm, 210 ill.
Hard cover, Russian/English

2,400 rubles/$80


This book comprises authoritative commentary complemented by an album of photographs of one hundred examples of Soviet architecture of the period its title indicates. Its authors – a renowned Soviet architect and writer, Felix Novikov and an American architect and critic, Vladimir Belogolovsky – compiled the anthology based on archival photographs and materials from professional Soviet architecture publications. The unique nature of their work exposes a whole stratum of Soviet architecture, hidden until now, despite the long broken "iron curtain," due to lack of interest. What readers will see on the pages of the book will make them think again about the uniqueness and originality of thought that pervaded Soviet architecture of the twentieth century. The book is recommended for the perusal of leading architectural critics worldwide.



Book Presentation:


October 17, 12:30 pm

Zodchestvo Festival, Conference Center, Manezh Central Exhibition Hall, Moscow, Russia



Book Reviews:


“Soviet modernism takes off in the brief ‘thaw’ ushered in by Khrushchev and takes up some of the threads of constructivism that had been cut off by Stalin. As Vladimir Belogolovsky points out, it is a style that, relating to trends in the West, is, however, more socially collective. Emphatic in expressive simplicity, it is also large in scale and imperial in its abstraction. Felix Novikov gives voice to the motives and confusions of this period when a few architects broke free of the new party line to build more authentic works. Such testimonies are rare and welcome.”                  





“Felix Novikov’s and Vladimir Belogolovsky’s anthology of Soviet modern architecture makes one realize how exceptionally varied and creative this architecture was once the stylistic rigidities of socialist realism had been relinquished. In part, this cultural liberation entailed a return to the more radical formulations of Soviet constructivism in its prime, and we find this in such works as the Georgian Ministry of Highways, built in Tbilisi in 1977. At other times, the work attained a monumentality of pre-Columbian dimensions as in the Palace of Culture, built in Tallinn, Estonia, in 1980. Whereas, in the Zvartnotz Airport, built in Yerevan, Armenia, in the same year, one is witness to a dynamic rotary solution to the design of an air terminal, evidently influenced by Paul Andreu’s pioneering 1974 Charles de Gaulle Airport Terminal 1 in Paris. At its best, Soviet architecture, in the space of three decades, moved toward an interesting synthesis between Western paradigms and the exciting legacy of its own, largely unbuilt, avant-garde tradition.”





“The swansong of the Soviet Union has been an architectural one. During the four decades that have followed the rejection of Socialist realism, audacious buildings have shaped the Soviet urban landscape, echoing the work of Le Corbusier, Oscar Niemeyer, Eero Saarinen, and other Western models, and also proposing bold interpretations of programs such as airports, circuses, stadiums, and museums. Felix Novikov is one of the most outspoken professionals of this time, author of remarkable buildings and sharp critical writings. Collaborating with Vladimir Belogolovsky, he has now created a provocative volume on an overlooked chapter of monumental modernism, in which stunning works are rescued from oblivion.”





“Architecture of the closing Soviet decades is perceived as bleak and seems to be disappearing from our consciousness – was it there, was it not, and why bother? The very first anthology of built works of the period straightens out these distortions. Bravo! Professionally and with love it presents qualities such as poetry and imagery, which that epoch was generally denied of. Yet, there were talents, and craftsmanship, personal romanticism, and keen tenderness…”






Selected Illustrations:

Nikita Khrushchev: “Toward industrialization!”

Palace of Pioneers, Moscow, 1962

Architects: V. Egerev, V. Kubasov, F. Novikov, B. Palui, I. Pokrovsky, M. Khazhakyan

Engineer: Y. Ionov

The Science Center of Microelectronics, Zelenograd, Russia, 1969

Architects: F. Novikov, I. Pokrovsky, V. Larionova, E. Likhtenberg

Engineer: Y. Ionov.

Computing center, Moscow, 1980

Architects: L. Pavlov, T. Alferova, A. Lunev, A. Semenov

Engineers: E. Garmsen, G. Lysenko, V. Sobolev

Ostankino TV Tower, Moscow, 1967

Engineer: N. Nikitin

Architects: D. Byrdin, L. Batalov

Kalinin Prospekt Complex (New Arbat), Moscow, 1967

Architects: M.V. Posokhin, A. Mndoyantz, G. Makarevich, B. Tkhor,

S. Airapetov, I. A. Pokrovsky, Y. Popov, A. Zaitzev.

Engineers: S. Shkolnikov, V. Nikolaev, V. Sno, L. Gokhman

Council of Economic Development (SEV) Building (now Municipal Building), Moscow, 1969

Architects: M.V. Posokhin, A. Mhdoyanz, V. Svirsky

Engineers: S. Shkolnikov, V. Nikolaev

Customs house at the Finnish border, Russia, 1967

Architects: S. Speransky, V. Volosevich, S. Michailov

Engineer: I. Suslikov

Cinema “Rossiya,” Yerevan, Armenia, 1974

Architects: G. Pogosyan, A. Tarkhanyan, S. Khachikyan

Engineers: G. Gevorkyan, I. Tzaturyan

Residential building on Begovaya Street, Moscow, 1975

Architects: A. Meerson, E. Podolskaya, M. Mostovoi

Ministry of Highways, Tbilisi, Georgia, 1977

Architects: G. Chakhava, Z. Dzhalaganiya

Engineers: T. Tkhilova, A. Kimberg

Stadium Razdan, Yerevan, Armenia, 1973

Architects: K. Akopian, G. Mushegyan

Engineer: E. Tosunyan

Youth Palace, Yerevan, Armenia, 1972

Architects: G. Pogosyan, A. Tarkhanyan, S. Khachikyan

TASS Building (Telegraph Agency of the USSR), Moscow, 1977

Architects: V. Egerev, A. Shaikhet, Z. Abramova, G. Sirota

Engineer: Y. Manevich

Automotive service center, Moscow, 1978

Architects: L. Pavlov, L. Gonchar, E. Kapeliovich, R. Chertov

Engineers: E. Garmsen, A. Lesnevsky

Olympic Cycle Track, Moscow, 1980

Architects: N. Voronova, A. Ospennikov

Engineer: V. Khandgi

Zvartnotz International Airport, Yerevan, Armenia, 1980

Architects: A. Tarkhanyan, S. Khachikyan, L. Cherkizyan, Z. Shekhlyan

Engineer: S. Bagdasaryan

Oncology center, Moscow, 1979

Architects: I. Vinogradsky, V. Orlov, A. Echeistov, E. Bekritsky, V. Antonov

Sports and concerts complex, Yerevan, Armenia, 1984

Architects: K. Akopyan, G. Pogosyan, S. Khachikyan, G. Mushegyan

Engineers: I. Tzaturiyan, G. Azizyan

Sanatorium “Druzhba” (Friendship), Yalta, Ukraine, 1985

Architects: I. Vasilevsky, Y. Stefanchuk, V. Divnov, L. Kesler

Engineers: N. Kancheli, B. Gurievich, E. Vladimirov, E. Ruzyakov, E. Kim



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