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.
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.
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!
Raphael Olivier portrays Pyongyang austere towers and monuments which convey a brutalist sense of leadership weaved into the urban fabric of the North Korean capital.
Back in the USSR: Peter Ortner photographed bus stops from Moldova to Uzbekistan revealing an vibrant “architecture of waiting”.
Lithuania-based Dizaino Studija Baklazanas graphically mapped Moscow Constructivist architecture as a part of a social responsibility campaign against the demolition of the city’s architectural avant-garde heritage.
Young designers Sasha Braulov and Nasya Kopteva paid homage to Russian avant-garde architecture with a wooden stationery collection inspired by the volumes of iconic soviet buildings.
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.
Russia Pavilion by Sergei Tchoban at Milan Expo 2015 features sustainably sourced timber, glass and a 30 m long underside-mirrored cantilever to welcome visitors into the country’s richness of flavours and knowledge for future generations.