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Old October 8th, 2013, 05:06 PM   #201
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Restaurant "Vasara" ("Summer") in Palanga.
Arch. A.Eigirdas;
Date: 1967

Looks...american?
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Old October 8th, 2013, 05:06 PM   #202
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Composers House in Vilnius, Žverynas district.
Architect: Vytautas Edmundas Čekanauskas
Date: 1960/1966

Architect Vytautas Edmundas Čekanauskas as well as other were strongly inluenced by Alvar Aalto ideas of urban planning. Therefore in some examples you can find out similar outlook or in better words, "similar mind".


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Old October 8th, 2013, 05:12 PM   #203
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Contemporary Art Center (CAC)
Arch.: Vytautas Edmundas Čekanauskas
Date: 1964 - 1967
This object was influeced by A.Aalto and Finish architecture traditions when arc. V.E. Čekanauskas together with lithuanian arch. delegation visited Finland and Helsinki in 1959.

After he finished this building, some communists from outside accused architect of "betraying sovietic art rules", because building looked not that way like it should be in communistic state, but one important figure from Moscow said that it looks ok, therefore - thanks to him - this building still stands.

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It houses a library and a bar:

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Well known street Artist Mark Jenkins and Sandra Fernandez (USA) during Vilnius Street Art Festival left their mark on CAC and in other places in Vilnius.

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Old October 8th, 2013, 10:50 PM   #204
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Beautiful. But not really 'socreal', as this thread is for.
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Old October 8th, 2013, 11:31 PM   #205
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Beautiful. But not really 'socreal', as this thread is for.
Thanks. I think it is pretty difficult to say what is a pure socreal architecture in practice. Every former USSR/commie country had own local traditions which seemingly resemble in former commie countries.
Architects were forced to apply "socreal" cannons. "Socrelasim" as a term and as sort of movement continued until 90', but in some states it was more important, other states officially/unofficially rejected. Therefore above-posted pics could be socrealism, taking into account that during 1945-1990(1) there was not officially acknowledged any other architectural style, except soc-realism.
In Lithuania it is hard to find examples of "socreal arch." similar to Moscow, Minsk etc. Just it would be difficult to imagine how they would look like in Kaunas, Vilnius. Main reason was that architects had proposed very important idea - all buildings must fit/not contradict with natural environment or Old buildings (Old Town territories) - idea originated from XVIII cent., as well as from interwar and in fact - because Finnish architectural mindset made quite strong "ideological alternative" to socreal standarts.
Brutalism was also not very popular, mainly we had "soft version of brutalism" (e.g. Sporto rūmai).
As you can see from posted pics, majority of public buildings reflects Western or - more precisely - northern europe architecture trends rather than eastern USSR style.

Some examples:
National Art Gallery (former Museum of the Revolution) in Vilnius
Date: 1980
Renovation Date: ± 2005-2009
Architects: G.Baravykas, V. Vielius
After the renovation, the building was not much changed.

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Concert and Sport Hall (Vilniaus Koncertų ir Sporto Rūmai)
Date: 1964-1971
Architects: Eduardas Chlomauskas, Zigmantas Liandsbergis, Jonas Kriukelis.
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Interior:
The foyer is decorated with a wooden pannel (wooden pano on the entrance) fixed into the wall by the artist R.Kavaliauskas.





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"Wavy" form was considered to be a great engineering solution (cable-stayed construction?).
You can find a similar project in Minsk, Belarus, only a bit different. Project of Sporto Rūmai later became a framework for typical public buildings/projects in USSR.
Like, for instance, USSR Expo 1967 pavillon.
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The one in Vilnius is spectacular
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Apparently the National Technical University in Minsk is being renovated.




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Old October 9th, 2013, 01:19 AM   #208
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Any interesting architecture built in communist states an be posted here. We can decide later if there is a socialist/communist style of architecture or not...

Anyone knowing good stuff from China, Vietnam etc.?
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In Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, there is the Palace

Its interesting concave pillars



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Ice Rink, North Korea
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Old November 2nd, 2013, 12:25 PM   #210
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Unrealised projects in Vilnius (1946).
This one i like. It does not reflect "socialism" spirit and its pompous stalinist manner (cultural notion: which is not the thing that we like or it could be usual/dominating in Lithuania) and looks pretty good. `even though they hadn't planned to demolish one baroque church, which is standing nearby Lukiškių square.
Arch. K.Šešelgis

another project by. V.Zubovas.


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Vaidas Petrulis, Marija Drėmaitė, Jūratė Tutlytė
Architektūra sovietinėje Lietuvoje
2012 m., Vilnius
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"Moscow style" building(s), which i consider as a commie-crap, weren't built due change of architectural style/manner/trends, political reasons (commies had problems with lithuanian partisans/"forest brother" resitance) and probably chief head of Vilnius city planning/ architecture played with a time.

A] V. Afanasjev, L. Kazarinski, A. Kolosov, B. Popov (Vilnius)
B] V. Anikinis, A. Grigorjevas, V. Mikučianis, V. Veselovskis, K.Šešelgis, I. Brancovski, L. Anikina, (Vilnius)
C] E. Levinsonas, A.Zuk, (Leningrad)
D] A. Barutče, V. Dušečkina, (Leningrad)
E] I. Rožin, A.Velikanov, N. Šelomov, (Maskva)
F] I. Sobelov, A. Klinec, (Maskva)
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Those buildings are beautiful, shame they weren't built.
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Central Research and Design Institute for Robotics and Technical Cybernetics, St. Petersburg


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Old November 30th, 2013, 05:21 PM   #213
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Those buildings are beautiful, shame they weren't built.
To be honest - many of us are happy that they were not built. Socialist/Stalinist buildings and generally that sort of architectural style (like almost everything whit the name Communism) was considered as an appropriate eyesore. Stalinist manner are too pompous, kitch and we dont like it. Almost all Lithuanian architects of that time stood against Leningrad Arch. School and it's canons (so there was many conflicts with Moscow, but some of them just tricked Moscow bureaucrats). You barely find anything of that time, except some living apartments.
Those buildings just would not fit and would contradict with Vilnius OldTown/Center architectural style - to create decent architecture, which would fit into exact, very sensitive place - is old standart of Lithuania Architecture School . Later, we developed really height quality modernism tradition.
Main reason was that Lithuanians continued interwar architectural line and architect had extremely different view of urbanism/city planning; some of historians say it was because of different cultural background. Plus, majority of architects (Nasvyčiai, Šeibokas etc. ) regularly visited Finland, met with A.Aalto and others, therefore, in some buildings you can clearly see the main inspiration source. That is not a surprising thing, because we had similar perception of urbanism.

This is how Constitution avenue in Vilnius, Lithuania would look like in..'70-80s.
Brothers arch. Nasvyčiai vision.


Old interior design, very old - from 1958-1959 (NB:Soviet era) even though it looks great after 50 years....
Neringa Hotel restaurant-jazz club, Vilnius. Legendary Architects, brother Algimantas and Vytautas Nasvyčiai.

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Riga TV Tower, Latvia




The neoclassical building in the last photo is the Latvian Academy of Sciences


I actually think this one is more beautiful than some of the Seven Sisters.
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Bizarre. The former Yugoslav countries have a lot of this type of monuments. Shaping concrete into the most extravagent forms...
http://www.cracktwo.com/2011/04/25-a...that-look.html

It's a shame so many of them are run down, because they're beautiful. Or maybe that contributes to their beauty...
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That's awesome. The interior looks like it could have been designed even today!
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