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Moscow: A Guide to Soviet Modernist Architecture 1955-1991

Moscow: A Guide to Soviet Modernist Architecture 1955-1991
Moscow: A Guide to Soviet Modernist Architecture 1955-1991

A bit niche I know, but I suspect a few of you would love the Moscow: A Guide to Soviet Modernist Architecture 1955-1991 book.

Published by Artguide, this 352-page book is a reference for what’s described as ‘the most underrated period of Soviet architecture’.

100 buildings have been picked out, bringing together the architecture made during the three decades between Khrushchev and Gorbachev, from the naive modernism of the ‘thaw’ of the late 1950s through to latter-day postmodernism.

Buildings picked out include the Palace of Youth, the Rossiya cinema, the Pioneer Palace, the Ostankino TV Tower, the TASS headquarters, the ‘golden brains’ of the Academy of Sciences and less well-known structures such as the House of New Life and the Lenin Komsomol Automobile Plant Museum.

The authors ‘situate’ Moscow’s postwar architecture within the historical and political context of the Soviet Union, while also referencing developments in international architecture of the same period.

Basically, if the idea of 20th-century Soviet modernist architecture appeals, so will this book. It’s available to pre-order now ahead of the 15th August 2019 release date, selling for £27.84.

Find out more about the book at the Amazon website