Instagram of the week: modernism by Vadim Danilov

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The new look of photographer Vadim Danilov helps to reconsider the attitude towards ugly-beautiful buildings of the modernism era and to love this architectural style

Photographer Vadim Danilov (@europa_endlos) talks about examples of Russian modernism. The vision of the author helps to reconsider the attitude towards ugly-beautiful buildings and, finally, to love this direction in architecture! We invite our readers to plunge into the world of brutalism and take a fresh look at Soviet buildings through the eyes of a true admirer of fantastic and underestimated modernism. The author of the blog on Instagram Vadim Danilov tells about the iconic buildings of the era.

“The first (and last?) Brutalist skyscraper in the Moscow region in Balashikha was born as a reworked version of skyscrapers from the general plan of Naberezhnye Chelny (1976).” “MDCMP Maryino is a traditionally creepy abbreviation behind which hides a multifunctional center for small business. Not the most outstanding building of 2005 with a fantastic chaotic stepped plan, which alternately makes you think about constructivism and modernist experiments and brings up thoughts of the famous Kosovo library! ” (editor's note – National Library of Kosovo, 1944). “The Chekhov Executive Committee feels like another late Soviet attempt at postmodernism, quite rare for this kind of administrative buildings. A round window on the side and a combination of volumes seem to refer to constructivism, and instead of the traditionally brutal facade, rounded shapes appear. “ architect Vladimir Vishnevsky. “In the style of windows, if you wish, you can catch references to ancient Russian architecture, but for me personally they evoke oriental associations.” “The building of the information, computation and statistical center was built in the mid-eighties – the last Soviet building on Cathedral Square in Belgorod and one of the few memorable examples of the local collective fashion.” “The former shoe factory on Kantemirovskaya could very well have become a local icon of brutalism, but the decades of Soviet fashion probably influenced the routine of its perception.” “At the end of Blagoveshchensky lane, there is a huge building in relation to the surrounding buildings, but in a strange way remains quite invisible. This mass without a single plaque or sign regarding its ownership turns out, for a second, to be the canteen (!) Of the military university. These strange combinations of forms built in 1989 can be attributed to a certain transitional stage between Soviet brutalism and postmodernism. ““The sixth pavilion“ Lenexpo ”by architects Freifeld and Sedakov is perhaps the only truly memorable building on the territory of the complex, built at the sunset of the collective fashion in 90th year. Although many details of the huge pavilion are still subordinate to the modernist paradigm (try to mentally deprive the pavilion of obviously decorative elements), still Soviet, but postmodernism is clearly manifested. ““One of the favorite lobbies of the Moscow metro is the forgotten masterpiece of brutalism at the Orekhovo station. Architect Lev Popov professed an avant-garde approach, which was not very much in demand by the late Soviet metro-architecture – Orekhovo can be called one of its most striking buildings, which stands out in the south of Moscow, both in its unusual shape and in scale: all neighboring stations of the Zamoskvoretskaya line are equipped with only typical minimalistic entrances. Alas, now the lobby is going through a difficult fate: the concrete was painted white, incl. The original inscription with the station's name was also painted over, but the fate of the unique chandelier disassembled during the repair remains unknown. ““The computing center of the South Eastern Railway (Voronezh) is hidden in a dead end near the distillery, adjacent to the area under the characteristic name” drunken yards “and has a quite typical architecture for its functionality.” ” Only the lazy has not heard about the Nizhny Novgorod architectural school, and the building where it was born has itself become a manifesto of Russian postmodernism – the construction of the third building of the design institute was approved according to an unprecedentedly free project for its time (1983!) with a huge column in a white frame. ” />

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