Flight of fantasy: 5 of the strangest buildings in the USSR and what happened to them now – it's amazing!

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Some buildings built in the 20th century are still amazing in their architecture. For their time they were innovative, revolutionary, avant-garde, but what happened to them now? Let's figure it out together!

Every inhabitant of the post-Soviet space is familiar with the “Stalin”, “Khrushchev”, “Brezhnevka” – typical residential buildings in which more than one generation of Russians grew up. But not only (and not so much) Soviet architecture is famous all over the world for them: there are a lot of unique, advanced for their time projects that still amaze the imagination. Let's take a closer look at them and see what has become of these architectural monuments now, more than half a century after they were built.Flight of fantasy: 5 of the strangest buildings in the USSR and what happened to them now - it's amazing!

Amanauz Hotel

Dombay

The Amanauz Hotel was built in Dombai, a famous ski resort in the North Caucasus, but was never opened. Construction was completed in 1985, only cosmetic repairs remained – this was the end of the matter. The hotel was never put into operation – either the funding ended, or the interest in the development of the resort and attracting foreign tourists, which arose in the wake of the 1980 Olympics, disappeared.

Flight of fancy: 5 of the strangest buildings in the USSR and what happened to them now - it's amazing!

For its time, it was an innovative project: the complex is designed for 630 seats, inside there is a cinema and concert hall, a cafe, a restaurant. The building was designed to be seismically stable and could withstand a magnitude 9 earthquake. Separately, it is worth noting the futuristic appearance and balconies in the form of cable car funicular cabins. According to the legend told by local guides, the building was supposed to rotate, turning its balconies towards the sun, which, of course, is unlikely, given the architectural possibilities of the 1980s.

Today, the building continues to be empty, representing a giant “abandoned”, and is still the main architectural landmark of Dombay. data-src=”/wp-content/uploads/2022/09/4d45cbf0a429d1f1dab2c3a3bfd6f950.jpg” width=”728″ height=”869″ class=”lazy-image__image _align-center” data-v-64ca9b5a=”1″ alt=” Flight of fantasy: 5 of the strangest buildings in the USSR and what happened to them now – it's amazing!” />

Sanatorium “Kurpaty”

Yalta

Flight of fancy: 5 of the strangest buildings in the USSR and what happened to them now - it's amazing!Druzhba boarding house, 1985.

This building was much more fortunate – the Soviet sanatorium, built in the 1980s, is still operating and accepting guests. The building stands on a plot with a slope of 40o and was built taking into account possible landslides, mudflows and earthquakes that occur in the Crimea.

The authors of the project – architect Igor Vasilevsky and engineer Nodar Kancheli – developed a reliable structure that occupies a minimum amount of land: the building stands on three huge piles with a diameter of 9 meters and resembles a huge flying saucer. From afar, it seems as if it is floating in the air above the coast, and if you look at it from above from the highway, the resort looks like a giant gear – a real symbol of socialism with its cult of the working class and labor.

Thanks to its unusual architecture in In the 1980s, the complex was included in the list of the 50 most original houses in the world (and, it seems to us, has not lost its relevance until now).

1/2Photo: kurpaty.ru

Ministry of Highways

Tbilisi

The project of the Ministry of Road Construction is an architectural monument of modernism, which today is the main attraction of Tbilisi. The authors of the project – architect Georgiy Chakhava (he was deputy minister of roads at that time) and Zuraba Dzhalagonia – sought to fit the building into the landscape as much as possible and make it minimally harmful to nature. Hence such an unusual design, consisting of several volumes standing on top of each other. In the 21st century, the building was restored by adding glass cubes in a modern style to it. They did not spoil the original project much and allowed it to be adapted for modern needs: today it houses the office of the Bank of Georgia. Flight of fantasy: 5 of the strangest buildings in the USSR and what happened to them now - it's amazing!

Tourist Hotel

Baku

Hotel “Tourist” was built in 1974 according to the project of architects V. Shulgin and E. Melkhizedekov and functioned for almost 30 years – until 2004. A huge ten-story building stood on pillars, and the main hall of the restaurant literally hung over a rocky hill. In front of the structure itself there was a cooling tower pool (that is, a complex with cooling systems). The hotel was located in the highest part of the Baku amphitheater, and it was visible from almost anywhere in the city.

In 2004, the hotel building was acquired by the Ugur 97 company, which dismantled it down to the first floor. The ruins of the hotel still stand and are in disrepair.

Flight of fantasy: 5 of the strangest buildings in the USSR and what happened to them now - it's amazing!Tourist Hotel (aka Karabakh), 1979

Sulaiman-Too Museum

Osh, Kyrgyzstan

Sulaiman-Too is a sacred mountain in the south of Kyrgyzstan, which in 2009 was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Here, in 1978, a restaurant was built in the style of modernism, the project was developed by the architect K. Nazarov. It was supposed that tables with a panoramic view of the plain would be placed in the caves, but later a historical and ethnographic museum was opened here. It still works today: collections of minerals and other treasures of the region are exhibited there. 

1/2Photo: wikipedia.org

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