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  • Communist megalomania monstrosities

    Communist regimes are known with many ambitious and unnecessary large architectural projects so people are welcome in this thread to share stories and photos about that stuff.
    I'll start with the Sofia Central Station. The original train station was open back in 1888, more than 50 years before Soviet occupation put communism in power. It was a one-storey building, 96 m long and 12 m wide, featuring a small clock tower on the fasade and a second storey in the western and eastern part. Later a second floor was build and there was several extensions in general. But in the early 70's the leaders desitet to bulldoze everything and make space for a grand new modern Central Station, which will be bigger than an airport. The new building was completed in 1974.
    But of course, there was problem. From a long time the whole area was inhabited by loitering people from the Romani minority, random gangs and workers who live in poverty nearby the railway. Basically, the Government build a public palace inside a ghetto. And many of the passengers were also underprivileged villagers from the countryside with few civil habits. After the Communist economy collapsed the loitering roma were joined by homeless white people. When I was a kid during the 90's my mom sold the car so we had to take the train for our holiday house. The station was in total decay - it smelled like toilet, beggars and pickpockets everywhere, the old CCTV cameras were dead and rotting on the walls, escalators were broken and covered with mud, and because of the dust everywhere all unbroken glass had dirty-yellow color.


    Anyway, here is the old station:
    https://i.imgur.com/S9tSJmh.jpg


    And here is Sofia Central Station in 1974:
    https://i.imgur.com/HBtETyE.jpg

    https://i.imgur.com/SR499QP.jpg

    https://i.imgur.com/vyxnsrv.jpg

    https://i.imgur.com/2BP7lgP.jpg

    https://i.imgur.com/21UfBLt.jpg


    Just a few years later:
    https://i.imgur.com/14sse8e.jpg

    https://i.imgur.com/wr601hU.jpg

    https://i.imgur.com/5DNsoFb.jpg

    The situation after the economy collapsed (the video is not for everyone, very depressive


    Recently the main building was renovated, again:


    Hopefully, it will stay that way longer.

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    The photos were taken from:
    https://socbg.com/
    http://stara-sofia.com/
    Last edited by digrar; 09-06-2018, 04:14 PM.

  • #2
    i like big architectural projects,.. should be kept intact and clean.

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    • #3
      and the stuff they didn't build - love some of the designs
      As the centenary of the Russian revolution approaches, the designs of top Soviet architects for the capital’s future reveal their visionary aspirations

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      • #4
        Originally posted by blackcatnursery View Post
        and the stuff they didn't build - love some of the designs
        God, what eye sores minus The Narkomtiazhprom, that looks alright, could even be a good concept for high end flats.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by HisRoyalHighness View Post

          God, what eye sores minus The Narkomtiazhprom, that looks alright, could even be a good concept for high end flats.
          not Russian but I always liked this place until it was done up - it is monumental

          Having stood for decades as a relic of Nazi hubris, the immense site of the ‘Strength Through Joy’ camp at Prora is being redeveloped and will soon serve its original purpose – housing holidaymakers

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          • #6
            Edit a just spotted a grave mistake:
            Palace of the Soviets

            The steel frame of the palace was reused for fortification and bridges, and the foundations were turned into the Moskva pool, the world’s largest outdoor swimming pool, in 1958. In 1995, the cathedral that occupied the site and was knocked down on Stalin’s orders
            Lolwut?

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            • #7
              Interesting post, thanks for sharing. It's kinda weird looking at those. I mean, those who ruled have always exerted power through the means of architecture as well, but why does the architecture of dictatorships always looks so unpleasing to the eye? Or is it just a matter of perspective? However, I don't think any ancient Roman ever took a glance at the Colosseum and found it to be hideous.

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              • #8
                these are monumental as well

                http://www.thejakartapost.com/travel...e-a-sight.html

                http://www.mongolia-trips.com/travel...-khan-complex/

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                • #9
                  Architecture, like art, the beauty is in the eye of the beholder, no matter what arch professors and critics profess as gospel.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by commanding View Post
                    Architecture, like art, the beauty is in the eye of the beholder, no matter what arch professors and critics profess as gospel.
                    Maybe, but many "professors and critics" do praise the brutalism and functionality of 20th century representative architecture. I can't see why anyone would like this particular style though. The architecture employed by totalitarian regimes serves only two purposes: concealing a people's cultural and religious identity, and making the beholder feel small and unimportant.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by muck View Post

                      Maybe, but many "professors and critics" do praise the brutalism and functionality of 20th century representative architecture. I can't see why anyone would like this particular style though. The architecture employed by totalitarian regimes serves only two purposes: concealing a people's cultural and religious identity, and making the beholder feel small and unimportant.
                      I still say : Architecture, like art, the beauty is in the eye of the beholder. What I like in architecture, you likely would hate. And reverse.

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                      • #12
                        Monument of The Bulgarian-Soviet friendship

                        https://i.imgur.com/JNp5yLU.jpg

                        https://i.imgur.com/jlIIzgq.jpg



                        This ugly chunk of cement was built in 1978. It's suppose to represent a bird, or at least some imaginary flight towards the bright future. On the right "wing" you can see the Red Army "liberators":

                        https://i.imgur.com/q7jpg06.jpg



                        On the left one are the grateful Bulgarian people:

                        https://i.imgur.com/8ezU0va.jpg


                        Last edited by digrar; 09-06-2018, 04:16 PM.

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                        • #13
                          The greatest Communist Monstrosity of all time would have to be the perpetually unfinished Ryugyong Hotel in Pyongyang.

                          Or as I like to call it: “Darth Vader’s Holiday Home designed to look like Johnny Sokko’s Giant Robot”

                          https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ryugyong_Hotel

                          It was built as the world’s biggest Cold War pen!s measuring contest for dirt poor North Korea to compete against the accelerating display of South Korea wealth creation and its opportunity to host the 1988 Summer Olympics.

                          Kind of like sprinkling glitter on a new abandoned car in the yard of your double wide turd 💩 house to try and make your self made super wealthy cousins jealous if they ever look over the fence at your shame.

                          I want Kevin McCloud from Grand Designs to visit when it’s finished just to hear him properly describe it as “ghastly”, “hideous”, “gruesome”, and “repulsive”.

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                          • #14
                            The most isolated country in the world wants to have the biggest hotel in the world. Plus, unpleasant to watch in deed.

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by Flagg View Post
                              The greatest Communist Monstrosity of all time would have to be the perpetually unfinished Ryugyong Hotel in Pyongyang.

                              Or as I like to call it: “Darth Vader’s Holiday Home designed to look like Johnny Sokko’s Giant Robot”

                              https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ryugyong_Hotel

                              It was built as the world’s biggest Cold War pen!s measuring contest for dirt poor North Korea to compete against the accelerating display of South Korea wealth creation and its opportunity to host the 1988 Summer Olympics.

                              Kind of like sprinkling glitter on a new abandoned car in the yard of your double wide turd 💩 house to try and make your self made super wealthy cousins jealous if they ever look over the fence at your shame.

                              I want Kevin McCloud from Grand Designs to visit when it’s finished just to hear him properly describe it as “ghastly”, “hideous”, “gruesome”, and “repulsive”.
                              I actually like the hotel, it wouldn't be out of place in Dubai if it had shinier windows, better upkeep, and better interior planning.

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