• The transport of the future- 30's style.

The monstrosity that might have been

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This planned building was to have been taller than the Empire State Building, with a statue of Lenin on top taller than the Statue of Liberty. Sounds crazy? Imagine then the statue of Lenin with glowing red eyes as a warning to low-flying airships- and shiver. Fortunately there is too much ground water in Moscow and a swimming pool was built instead.


Another Soviet "utopian" -or nightmarish- project of the 1920s is described here:
Not quite as big- but in a way more avant-garde .

A scan from a 1999 negative - this plaque now appears to have disappeared

colormeblu, riverlife, cenz, and 8 other people added this photo to their favorites.

  1. Félix Gutiérrez [deleted] 98 months ago | reply

    i´m happy they made the swimming-pool ;)

  2. magic fly paula 98 months ago | reply

    this is really crazy... It looks a building made by a mad architect...

  3. magic fly paula 98 months ago | reply

    this is really crazy... It looks a building made by a mad architect...

  4. Monocle 98 months ago | reply

    Reminds me of the old Ken Dodd gag...
    "What a beautiful day missus, for popping round to the Russian embassy and shouting through the letterbox, "Is Len in?".

  5. fru_childs [deleted] 98 months ago | reply

    Thank you for sharing these treasures with us.

    @ Monocle - :D So gross, so Dodd and much enjoyed.

  6. seriykotik1970 98 months ago | reply

    Crazy it is-Paula. I think you are right about the "mad architect". There's something fascinating about alternative futures- what our world could have been like. Monocle- ha ha ha! This "treasure " is a plaque from a Soviet dinosaur that was actually built in the 1930's - the Moscow Volga Canal River station. Bizarrely when I went back last month the plaque seemed to have disappeared.

  7. t_r_e_n_t 73 months ago | reply

    Is that a dirigible (sp??) to the right of the 2nd-to-last top tier?
    Looks like something out of a thomas pynchon novel...I dunno - I would've liked to've lived in a world with this kind of mad grandiosity in it!

  8. seriykotik1970 73 months ago | reply

    Thanks, Trent. This plaque is from the late 30s- when the plan was to amaze the world and show that anything Capitalists could do the Soviet Union could do bigger. Then the war came and the plan got shelved. And yes, it is an airship. Included to give you an idea of the size of this never-built building.

  9. seriykotik1970 41 months ago | reply

    Just came across this great picture from an article in a US magazine, dated 1939:

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