The Unbuilt Architecture of the Soviet Union
An array of unbuilt buildings that were to dot the Soviet landscape. Most show the absurdities of high modernism, beautiful on paper but impracticable for people. Above, the Palace of Soviets.
The competition for the Palace of Soviets in Moscow was one of the most extensive and impressive of this century. The idea of constructing a building which could be a symbol of the “imminent triumph of communism” in the capital of the world’s first state of workers and peasants was mooted in the 1920s. The chosen location was the site of the demolished Church of Christ the Saviour.
Here, the People’s Commissariat of Heavy Industry:
The Aeroflot Building:
The Heroes’ Arch, a monument to the heroic defenders of Moscow: