The beauty of Soviet brutalism

In his Cosmic Communist Constructions Photographed book published by TASCHEN Frédéric Chaubin reveals 90 buildings sited in fourteen former Soviet Republics which express what he considers to be the fourth age of Soviet architecture.

Inspired by the finest Supremacist utopias, the Georgian Ministry of Highways with its reduced anchorage. (G. Chakhava, Z. Dzhalaganiya, T. Tkhilava, V. Klinberg) Tbilisi, Georgia, 1974
Palace of Ceremonies (R. Dzhorbenadze, V. Orbeladze) Tbilisi, Georgia, 1985
Soviet embassy in Cuba (A. Rochegov) Havana, 1985
Crematorium (A. Miletski) Kiev, Ukraine, 1985
Monument to the Battle of Bash-Aparan. (R. Israelyan) Armenia, 1979
The anthropomorphic House of Soviets in Kaliningrad stands on the site of the Saxon castle of Königsberg. Begun in 1974, its construction was never completed because of its structural flaws and the collapse of the USSR.
Built in the nineteenth century, the Ninth Fort at Kaunas was used by the Soviet NKVD as a detention center and then by the German occupying forces. The 32 metre-high (105-ft.-high) memorial stands on the site of mass executions carried out during the Holocaust. This spectacular evocation of suffering and death was designed by the sculptor Alfonsas Ambraziunas. Lithuania, 1983
Zurab Tsereteli designed the colored ceramic pool of the children health resort in Adler. Russia, 1973
Druzhba sanatorium (I. Vasilevsky, Y. Stefanchuk) Yalta, Ukraine, 1985
Institute of Robotics and Technical Cybernetics (S. Savin, B. Artiushin) Saint Petersburg, Russia, 1987
Ukrainian Institute of Scientific and Technological Research and Development. (L. Novikov, F. Turiev) Kiev, Ukraine, 1971
The architecture faculty at the Polytechnic Institute of Minsk and its succession of overhanging lecture theaters. (V. Anikin, I. Yesman) Belarus, 1983

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