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Soviet Brutalist Architecture Photographed by Frederic Chaubin

Druzhba Holiday Center Hal Yalta – 1984

When one thinks of  something fascinating, Soviet brutalist architecture does not come to mind. However, Frédéric Chaubin’s remarkable photographs, published under the curious title “CCCP: Cosmic Communist Constructions Photographed”, can change that perspective of many. French photographer has traveled the former Soviet Union since 2003, capturing  unusual sculptural buildings.

Chaubin mostly focused on the edges of the former Soviet empire: the Caucasus, the Baltic states, and central Asia, and specifically on buildings constructed in wide open landscape, which looked like installations from outer space.

Cybernetics Intitute Saint-Petersbourg – 1987
Cybernetics Intitute
Saint-Petersbourg – 1987

Druzhba Holiday Center Hal Yalta – 1984
Druzhba Holiday Center Hal
Yalta – 1984
Druzhba Holiday Center Hal Yalta – 1984
Druzhba Holiday Center Hal
Yalta – 1984
Druzhba health spa, Yalta
Druzhba health spa, Yalta
Georgian Ministry of Highways, 1970
Georgian Ministry of Highways, 1970
The Palace of Ceremonies in Tblisi, Georgia, 1984
The Palace of Ceremonies in Tblisi, Georgia, 1984
Het Poplakov Cafe 1976
Het Poplakov Cafe
1976
House of Soviets in Kaliningrad
House of Soviets in Kaliningrad
 Polytechnic Institute of Minsk
Polytechnic Institute of Minsk
Rusakov Workers' Club, Moscow, 1927-28
Rusakov Workers’ Club, Moscow, 1927-28
Kiev crematorium
Kiev crematorium
Ukrainian Institute of Scientific and Technological Research and Development in Kiev
Ukrainian Institute of Scientific and Technological Research and Development in Kiev
Vladimir Somov’s Fyodor Dostoyevsky Theater of Dramatic Art, built in 1987 in Novgorod
Vladimir Somov’s Fyodor Dostoyevsky Theater of Dramatic Art, built in 1987 in Novgorod

Images via desîgn.com, gorkyparkdigest.blogspot.com, space-matters.com.

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