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Old January 29th, 2015, 11:21 PM   #41
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Sad. Cutting costs is the worst thing you can do to a building
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Old January 29th, 2015, 11:36 PM   #42
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Sadly, due to lack of money and materials, many Soviet time projects weren't fully realized. It's also the reason behind the mass produced commieblocks - they were to be demolished ~30 years after construction when we would will have reached communism to make way for better, permanent housing. But we all know what followed - the collapse of the Soviet union.

And it doesn't apply only to architecture. My city's train factory made projects for very European 160 km/h commuter trains with air conditioning. But limited funds allowed only for 130 km/h trains with no air conditioning and wooden(!) seats...
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Old January 30th, 2015, 07:33 AM   #43
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Old February 2nd, 2015, 08:03 PM   #44
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That one would look good also covered with red brick (klinker) panels.
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Old February 2nd, 2015, 09:41 PM   #45
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In general the best looking Soviet buildings really are the red brick ones. So I suppose covering one in them would have a similarly good result.

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Old February 3rd, 2015, 07:35 AM   #46
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That one would look good also covered with red brick (klinker) panels.
I prefer a high quality stucco or plaster

But this would also look good
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Old February 3rd, 2015, 04:51 PM   #47
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Really nice!
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Old February 3rd, 2015, 05:16 PM   #48
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I like it, of course, but perhaps a little too much blackness around the windows for my taste
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Old February 3rd, 2015, 05:40 PM   #49
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I don't like white frames as you've probably noticed, sorry

At least not on modern buildings
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Old February 3rd, 2015, 08:35 PM   #50
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Yes, so it seems

I don't like absolutely white windows (modern PVC windows) but I'm also not a fan of completely black color. I don't would it change anything in this situation, but I am a fan of dark, dark gray though.

But most people don't like my architectural or design creations because I can't come up with good designs
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What you've posted is nice so far

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Old February 5th, 2015, 03:21 AM   #52
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I prefer a high quality stucco or plaster
Plaster and stucco look good in smaller buildings, like the Weissenhof Estate in Stuttgart. In tall buildings the maintenance is very hard to do. Klinker brick, stone cladding and other materials that don't involve painting are better options.
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Old February 5th, 2015, 10:03 AM   #53
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In my country they usually cover the buildings in some heat insulation blocks, which are then painted.
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Old February 6th, 2015, 08:28 PM   #54
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In my country they usually cover the buildings in some heat insulation blocks, which are then painted.
ETICS (External Thermal Insulation Composite System) or another system?

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I think that in most cases they use stone wool like Paroc and Rockwool.

In one case there was fraud and instead of stone wool the company covered the building in styrofoam!
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How on earth did nobody notice that?
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They did notice it. Otherwise I wouldn't know that something like that has happened.
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I mean how could the workers put it up and not notice it was styrofoam
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Old February 9th, 2015, 03:57 PM   #60
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I mean how could the workers put it up and not notice it was styrofoam
I'm quite sure that the workers DID know it's styrofoam. I just don't know why they put it up anyway. Probably the foreman told them to do so or they will be fired. And maybe even paid them a bit more to keep them quiet.

Or maybe it's a legacy from the Soviet era - build what they told you and don't care why. Like these examples:


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