SkyscraperCity banner
1 - 20 of 1913 Posts

·
Registered
Joined
·
41 Posts
Socialist Architecture


Berlin, Karl Marx Allee by krystian kolbe, on Flickr



Hello everyone,

When most people think of socialist architecture, they think of blocs upon blocs of monotone, grey buildings stretching into the horizon. Although, that was undeniably part of the socialist legacy, it was certainly not unique to the socialist states; reference for example the public housing in the capitalist West, or even hyper-capitalist, consumerist suburban monotone architecture. What I want to do in this thread to go beyond the base ideological conflicts and biases, for and against capitalism and socialism, we should be still be able to elucidate successes of socialist architecture. The failures of socialist planning, and architecture are well known, disproportionate to their successes imo. I think one of the most successful examples of socialist architecture was Red Vienna during the 1920s and early 1930s before the proto-fascist coup d'etat. The city was ruled by rather radical socialists at the time, more information can be read here:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Red_Vienna

I am hoping others can highlight what they see as positive developments in the socialist bloc architecturally.
 
  • Like
Reactions: Zaz965

·
LIBERTINED
Joined
·
45,346 Posts
Stalinist architecture was the best in Socialist times. Just think about Moscows 7 Sisters or several cities in Ukraine or the former GDR (Rostock, Magdeburg, Chemnitz, Dresden, Leipzig, ...).
 

·
Redsigert User
Joined
·
11,953 Posts
Stalinist architecture was the best in Socialist times. Just think about Moscows 7 Sisters or several cities in Ukraine or the former GDR (Rostock, Magdeburg, Chemnitz, Dresden, Leipzig, ...).
In Poland we call this style "socrealism"

for Warsaw Palace of Culture and Science is perhaps the most impressive example



but there are many more like MDM(Mokotowian housing district)








"Dom Partii" former communist party headquarters





some administrative buildings


Grand hotel



...
 

·
LIBERTINED
Joined
·
45,346 Posts
Do you (or anyone) have any pictures of the German examples that you mention?
Sure :)


Stalinist architecture in former East Germany (to be continued)


Rostock (Lange Straße - built in a neoclassicist way that resembles the brick gothic architecture of the Hansa city - Stalinism meets Gothic)





some demonstration there




the highrise






Sources: Flickr, Wiki
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
41 Posts
Discussion Starter · #14 ·
The Soviets had some pretty epic designs under Stalin that were both beautiful, ultra-modern and never built.

Interior of the proposed Palace of the Soviets:



One of the proposals for the Commissariat of Heavy Industry:


My personal favourite, a proposal for teh Commissariat of Heavy Industry:


Lest we forget the famous Moscow Subway:

 

·
Registered
Joined
·
3,831 Posts
Well, Im afraid I must say that I hate the general concept of "Soviet architecture" or Socialist architecture.
My country has introduced this architectural style in State housing ventures. That are called "Monoblocks", and are really horribles.
Its mi opinion. But, I hope you could open more to occidental architecture.
Even the modern Russian modern architecture is very particular.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
41 Posts
Discussion Starter · #16 ·
Well, Im afraid I must say that I hate the general concept of "Soviet architecture" or Socialist architecture.
My country has introduced this architectural style in State housing ventures.
That architectural style can be best described as modernist, international style architecture; David Harvey's, The Condition of Post-Modernity, deals with it. The fact that they exist outside of the socialist bloc denotes that the style is not 'socialist', rather it highlights a belief in rational planning and the ascendency of the industrial age. The origins of mono-archtecture on a grand scale can be traced back to Le Corbusier:



Basically, it was the industrialization of living and archtecture. As Le Corbusier stated:

"A house is a machine for living in."
 
  • Like
Reactions: Zaz965

·
Banned
Joined
·
929 Posts
I don't consider Stalinist architecture to be truly Socialist. The idea behind it was Socialist in nature, yes ("the wealth that belongs to all peoples") but truly Socialist architecture was radically innovative in nature, which was best embodied in the Russian Constructivism.
 

·
rodrigo
Joined
·
1,374 Posts
Yeah, I agree with you. People are not soldiers, my god!
A house is the architectural expression of shelter, comfort, and environmental pleasure.
agree 100% by the way, fascinating thread. very different and awesome architecture indeed. I love Yerevan Airport.:cheers:
 
1 - 20 of 1913 Posts
Top