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Soviet Brutalist Architecture Photographed By Frederic Chaubin

In his book Cosmic Communist Constructions Photographed, Frédéric Chaubin documents 90 buildings in 14 former-USSR republics belonging to what he calls the ‘fourth age’ of Soviet architecture.

They reveal an unexpected rebirth of imagination, a burgeoning that took place from 1970 until 1990 and in which, contrary to the 20s and 30s, no ‘school’ or main trend emerges.

These buildings represent a chaotic impulse brought about by a decaying system. Their diversity announces the end of the Soviet Union

Druzhba Holiday Center Hal, Yalta – 1984

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Georgian Ministry of Highways, 1970

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The Palace of Ceremonies in Tblisi, Georgia, 1984

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Het Poplakov Cafe, 1976

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House of Soviets in Kaliningrad

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Polytechnic Institute of Minsk

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Rusakov Workers’ Club, Moscow, 1927-28

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Kiev crematorium

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Ukrainian Institute of Scientific and Technological Research and Development in Kiev

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Vladimir Somov’s Fyodor Dostoyevsky Theater of Dramatic Art, built in 1987 in Novgorod

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