Nvard Yerkanian illustrates Armenian Soviet Brutalist architecture

Armenian Soviet Architecture - Memorial for the 50th anniversary of Soviet Armenia in Dilijan, Tavush Province by A. Tarkhanyan, S. Avetisyan and K. Vatinyan, 1970 - Illustration by Nvard Yerkanian

Graphic designer Nvard Yerkanian portrays undervalued and endangered Armenian Soviet buildings to build up architectural awareness in the country. “There is a raising interest on Socialist and Brutalist architecture, and we have quite a few of them in Armenia.” Let’s not forget what what we’ve been through, says the architect and illustrator to Archipanic.

Once upon a time in Leningrad… St Petersburg’s Soviet era through architecture [1917-1991]

House of Soviets - Photo by Alex Florstein Fedorov, CC.

Majestic underground stations, constructivist buildings and the austere House of Soviets, but also the former KGB palace and the creepy Memorial to the Victims of Political Repression. Explore the impressive and ominous architecture of Leningrad, St Petersburg’s Soviet name.

Welcome to Astana: discover the mesmerising (and eyebrow-rising) architecture of the capital of Kazakhstan

Humanities University, Astana - Photo by Ninara, CC BY 2.0.

With 2017 World Expo just around the corner, Archipanic explores the wacky architecture of Astana featuring projects by international architects such as Fosters+Partners and Kisho Kurokawa… But also lollipops, beer cans and dog bowls-shaped buildings!

Expo 2017 in Astana

Expo 2017 in Astana, Kazakhstan, will show off with grand architecture and a sustainable message about Future Energies. The country will keep on with the flamboyant attitude on Russia and former Soviet nations at World Fairs. ArchiPanic met Moscow Chief Architect Sergei Kuznetsov to talk about how “Russianness” relates with contemporary issues.