Cold War Architecture in Post-Soviet Countries

Over the past five years, French photographer Frederic Chaubin has documented a collection of startling architectural artifacts born during the last two decades of the Cold War. Though his photos are so highly processed that they look like illustrations, these building do indeed exist. Architects in the peripheral regions of the Eastern Bloc countries, working on governmental commissions during the ’70s and ’80s, enjoyed a surprising degree of creative freedom. Operating in a cultural context sealed from the influence of their Western counterparts, they drew inspiration from sources ranging from expressionism, science fiction, early European modernism and the Russian Suprematist legacy to produce an idiosyncratic and often imaginative architectural range. These monumental buildings stand in stark contrast to the stereotypical understanding of late Soviet architecture in which monotonously repetitive urban landscapes were punctuated by exercises in architectural propaganda.

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