Prison Baroque Decor: Greetings from the 90’s

Since the 90ties Russian architecture and design gradually changed. In the USSR, most of the apartment buildings, apartments and even a furniture in every apartment was similar. So, after the collapse of the Union, people started to try to think outside the box. The times were hard, so most people were concerned about where their next meal would come from, rather than thinking about a decor. But those who made a fortune in crisis were criminal authorities, gang members and thieves. They started to build their dream houses, with no knowledge of architecture and lack of taste. They wanted everything luxurious and out of ordinary. Most of the gang members ended up behind bars, but the “legacy” of their confusing buildings and exaggeratedly decorated apartments lived on and was commonly named the “Prison Baroque”.

This 3 bedroom apartment that is for sale in the city of Magadan is a bright example. “It’s not a museum!” – says the owner in his ad on Avito. Apparently, it is the frequently asked question. The apartment is decorated in typical prison baroque style. It can be yours for just $88K.

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