Monday, November 14, 2005

The Palace of the Soviets

Unrealized Moscow details unfinished architectural plans from the thirties to the fifties. These fascinating pictures look as if they're stage project drawings for a sci-fi fantasy set. Of course, many were simply unworkable monuments to Stalin's ego. In fits and starts, work continued on them with the expectation that they would eventually be completed (Ceauscescu completed once such building, a People's Palace in Bucharest that remains mostly vacant) . Concept drawing for The Palace of the Soviets (noted in the previous post) is illustrated at right.

Kudos to the above site, especially well-designed as a slide show with a minimalist feel.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Those interested in the story behind the Palace may wish to check out my article: Andrew Gentes, “The Life, Death and Resurrection of the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour, Moscow,” History Workshop Journal 46 (Autumn 1998): 63-95.

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