8 Soviet Experimental Plastic House

Soviet Experimental Plastic House

Posted on March 14, 2014 by team


This unique experimental fully plastic house was built in 1961 in Leningrad (Saint-Petersburg). It was actually a two-storey one, but the lower storey was a technicality and was used for heating and ventilation equipment. The walls of the first storey were made from reinforced framing filled with glass blocks, while the the second storey was fully made from plastic, its height above the ground was 2, 20 meters.

Unfortunately the house has not been preserved to these days, this is the place where it was standing, as it looks today.

Maximum thickness of the walls reached fourteen cantimeters. Special shell construction made them more rigid. According to the engineers making the house, the heat insulating properties of such plastic walls were equal to those of a two meter thick wall.

There was a one-room apartment inside the plastic house. It also had a closet with a little terrace, a kitchen and a combination bathroom. Huge windows were made from plexiglas, pipes – from viniplast, wallpaper – from paper PVC film.

Nobody lived in the house, the purpose of the experiment was to test various construction materials made from plastic and to examine performance of plastic houses. The experiment was successful – they studied the house for three years and in the mid 60s started to apply plastic to the construction of buildings. The first plastic five-storey building appeared in Moscow.

The experiment was widely discussed in mass-media, photos of the house even appeared in foreign publications.

It should be mentioned that the Soviet plastic house was not the only one in the world. In 1957 a plastic “House of the Future” appeared in Disneyland.

This one, built in 1963 by Dieter Schmidt, looked similar to the one in Leningrad.

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8 Responses to “Soviet Experimental Plastic House”

  1. bob says:

    These would go great with my concept of what a future city will look like.Right now we humans build things haphazardly and disorganized.I would be more specific of my design but,I would like to publish it and get some credit….

  2. George says:

    Plastic doesn’t last very long in the environment. The sun just destroys it. A house wouldn’t be worth it. Plus, you’d have to replace much of it every couple of years. A big hassle.

    • MAXDMG says:

      It will not work because not trapped heat for heating where should allocate more money than it’s worth) But the idea is interesting)

  3. dana says:

    what about the nowadays barracks?

  4. Fred says:

    It looks very similar to the Kunstoffhaus FG 2000. Built from fiberglass in 1968-70 by Wolfgang Feierbach.

  5. Tinker Likestools says:

    General Electric Plastics division had a plastic house set up in Pittsfield, MA USA from the mid 80s to the mid 90s. Unlike this one in the post the GE one looked more like a real house. Ge used it to showcase “new” technologies but no one actually livedin it. There was an interactive SiriLike voice attached to the security system and things like plastic bottle shredders in the kitchen. Everything from the roofing tiles to the foundation had plastic in it. It was neat until they tore it down because Plastics was sold to a foreign investor.

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