Palace of the Soviets: Never-Built Moscow

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Detail of a Palace of the Soviets design proposal
Detail of a Palace of the Soviets design proposal

Don’t think Hitler was the only one with grandiose architectural visions. In the 1930s, the Soviets were planning to built a huge Communist Party administrative center and congress hall in the middle of Moscow, on the site of the demolished Cathedral of Christ the Savior.

An architectural contest was held, won by Boris Iofan who submitted a neoclassical skyscraper concept. The building would have been the tallest in the world at the time.

Construction did begin but was aborted when the Nazis invaded the Soviet Union in 1941. The palace was never built and after the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991, the church was rebuilt.

This post is not about the winning design, though. There were many proposals and the sketches and drawings seen here are from one of them: a more traditional, palace-like idea that would apparently also have required a significant reconstruction of the surrounding neighborhood.

More pictures after the click!

Palace of the Soviets proposal
Palace of the Soviets proposal
Palace of the Soviets drawing
Palace of the Soviets drawing

Unfortunately, it’s hard to find a lot of information about these various designs in English. If anyone knows the name of the artist or architects involved in this design, please let us know in the comments.

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