29 Top 25 Fantastic Soviet Buildings

Top 25 Fantastic Soviet Buildings

Posted on November 19, 2013 by team

Most of us treat Soviet architecture of the 1960-80s rather sceptically. Such opinion is reasoned, of course. Nevertheless the project institutions of the USSR also created very bold structures which looked like aliens from some sci-fi movies. Here is a list of the craziest, most stereotype breaking buildings born in the times of Khruschev and Brezhnev.

25. Circle houses in Moscow.

The first one was built in 1973, its twin “brother” – six years later. The inner diameter of the house is 155 meters. There are 26 sections and 912 flats in the house, its total dwelling living area is 27 334 m2.

24. Historic and ethnographic museum on Sulaiman-Too mountain in Osh, Kirghizia.

The museum complex was built in 1978. Its structure represents a huge glassed concrete arch which in fact closes the entry to the cave. Initially they planned to use it for a restaurant but it never happened.


23. “Sport” hotel, Tallinn, Estonia.

It was built in 1980 for participants and guests of the Olympic Games (sailing competitions were held in Tallinn).

According to the project it had to resemble a huge ship with a restaurant in its deck-house.

22. Railway station Dubulty, Latvia.

Located in Yurmala under Riga the building of the station appeared in 1977 to celebrate its 100th anniversary.

Its structure resembles a wave (Yurmala is a city of resorts).

21. Pavilion on the territory of the Exhibition of Economic Achievements in Tashkent, Uzbekistan.

One of the pavilions represented the construction made from hyperboloid column-structures with the unified inner exhibition space. Unfortunately this building has not been preserved to the present days.


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29 Responses to “Top 25 Fantastic Soviet Buildings”

  1. Sami Murtomäki says:

    I believe that U.F.O. house is Named Futuro, and it’s finnish design, designed by Matti Suuronen in 1968.

  2. ZeroDrop says:

    First building of page 2 it’s “Catedral Nossa Senhora Aparecida”, on Brasília, capital of Brazil. http://catedral.org.br/

  3. Mandea says:

    They should remove the damn antennas off the buildings!

  4. BOLINHA says:

    O que a Catedral de Brasília está fazendo aqui? :-D

  5. barry trotter says:

    You can guarantee they built that Cuban embassy so massive and tall so they could fill the tower with listening equipment to try and eavesdrop on the US.

  6. Pia says:

    Fantastic buildings! But please notice that the number 8 is actually a “futuro”-building, designed by the Finnish architect Matti Suuronen

  7. CZenda says:

    Comrades, the first picture in the 2nd series is, of course, Cathedral in Brasília by O. Niemeyer and thus it has nothing to do with the Evil Empire.
    Anybody interested in these atrocities is highly recommended to buy a book by Frédéric Chaubin – “Cosmic Communist Constructions Photographed” by Taschen Verlag.
    The Druzhba hotel is built on “legs”, which are in fact concrete tubes made in Czechoslovakia, where they were originally intended for prefab grain storage silos.
    “Engineering building of the Highway Ministry of the Georgian SSR, Tbilisi, Georgia” is very probably a stolen project, originally created by Czech architect Karel Prager for Prague. This dude was responsible for some of the most-hated buildings dating back to the bad old Commie times.

  8. Arto Hietakangas says:

    Number 8 is Finnish Futuro house. More: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Futuro

  9. John Zehrbach says:

    I see that same crazy assed stuff in the US. I much prefer the older Russian architecture (or anyone’s for that matter).

  10. jaajo says:

    No 8 has been purchased from Finland. Made by Lamino in the early 1970s.

  11. MG says:

    8. “Tarelka” (“Plate”) hotel in Dombai, Russia

    I think it is Futurohouse:

  12. MB says:

    Some great buildings here and some not so great, but always interesting. Love the Latvian railway station. The Georgian Ministry of Highways building (now the Georgian Babk) has been refurbished and looks fantastic. I read (I think in Frédéric Chaubin’s book that when the Druzhba complex in Yalta was first built Western intelligence thought it was a missile launch pad.

  13. Eugene says:

    The structure on the roof of Russian Academy of Sciences is SOLAR POWER SYSTEM! Even glasses in windows has special layer to collect energy.
    Actualy solar power system never function. (((

  14. peter pan says:

    great post, I love this kind of architecture…

    You may wan’t to check this bridge in Bratislava, Slovakia too:

  15. Andrey says:

    You forget about Hovrino’s Hospital. It’s amazing

  16. Georg says:

    Well, point is that they aren’t lying, they just tell what has been told to them by their society. I have met plenty of Estonians and Russians, and their knowledge about the history of mankind is quite different than western people, because of teachings by soviet government. That has lead some funny mistakes, like here with these buildings.

  17. Mizz... A says:

    About that Futuro “UFO”
    I Think the word “landed” is very correct here, in fact they (if possible) actually where delivered by a helicopter… (At least the commercial said so.)

  18. Steve says:

    I love the Armenian one nuumber17 looks very triumphal and quite futuristic.

  19. savovich says:

    “Soviet barbarians broke into villages and camps, leaving behind only the libraries, theaters and the citys”

  20. Sergey says:

    Read that pension “Friendship” in Yalta is rare for the USSR geothermal heating by heat pumps.

  21. Nauru says:

    You had to mention this building as well – “Sēnīte” whichs means “Mushroom”. Soviet building made in 1967.) Here’s a link to some specific pictures and information about it (in Latvian)http://www.a4d.lv/lv/raksti/pirma-caulas-konstrukcija-latvija/

  22. Andyj says:

    There are many sights to see from the old USSR.
    An interesting skating rink in elektrenai, Lithuania. In view of my ex-g/f’s town flat. It reminded me of a huge pumpkin.
    And a modern Catholic Church which breaks from tradition.Yes, I had to sing :-D

  23. bicycle kniaz says:

    That’s quite a display !
    i wouldn’t call these bldgs a sci-fi longue. Indeed, some are very interesting, architecturally. Some were designed with definite religious motivation, christian, communist or whichever else, some are odd blocks unconsciously exhaling odores of the communist bulldozer, some are a sort fo architectural novelty or a decent copy of worthy trends.
    Overally, very interesting !

  24. Chat room says:

    Nice article! Thanks for sharing. I love it.

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