Shukhov's High-tech architecture

From a distance it looks a bit like an upturned wastepaper basket, soaring over the concrete skyline of Moscow. Shukhov Tower was built in 1922 to spread the message of revolutionary communism around the world, but, nowadays, it is badly neglected.

Radio broadcasting from Moscow’s Shukhovskaya Tower started 90 years ago, in March 1922. The tower was designed and constructed by the architect Vladimir Shukhov.

From a distance it looks a bit like an upturned wastepaper basket, soaring over the concrete skyline of southern Moscow. The Russian capital's unique Soviet-era radio station was built to spread the message of revolutionary communism around the world, but it is badly neglected and suffering from corrosion...

Art historian Andrew Graham-Dixon tells about this astonishing construction.

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