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
Georgian Ministry of Highways, 1970
The Palace of Ceremonies in Tblisi, Georgia, 1984
Het Poplakov Cafe, 1976
House of Soviets in Kaliningrad
Polytechnic Institute of Minsk
Rusakov Workers’ Club, Moscow, 1927-28
Ukrainian Institute of Scientific and Technological Research and Development in Kiev
Vladimir Somov’s Fyodor Dostoyevsky Theater of Dramatic Art, built in 1987 in Novgorod