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Palace of Soviets. O.Iofan, O.Gelfreikh, V.Schuko. Sculptor S.Merkulov. A Version of the approved project. 1934

Palace of Soviets. O.Iofan, O.Gelfreikh, V.Schuko. Sculptor S.Merkulov.

A Version of the approved project. 1934

 

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. The competition was launched in 1931 and

carried out in stages. Overall, 160 entries were submitted, including 12

commissioned ones and 24 which were fiors concours, as well as 112

project proposals. Twenty four proposals were received from foreign

participants, among whom were such universally acclaimed architects as

Le Corbusier, W.Gropius and E.Mendelssohn. The definitive turn of Soviet

architecture toward the heritage of the past had emerged clearly by that

time, and was the key factor in the choice of winners. The top awards

went to architects I.Zholtovsky, B.lofan, G.Hamilton (USA), additions

and revisions, was finally affirmed.

 

www.muar.ru/ve/2003/moscow/03e.htm

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