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Narkomfin Building during after and onwards

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‘…..We wait calmly under the trees the guardian of the Narkomfin, with the hope of him letting us into the building. After few minutes he appears: a sturdy but not tall man on his thirties with a big scar on the left chick, dark tattoos on the calves, and round peaceful face that did not fit with the military style clothes. He smiles sweetly when he clarifies to the translator that we are not allowed to enter the building. He does not want to be interviewed, and therefore we are not allowed to know for whom he is employed, who is representing and what is his duty at the Narkomfin. he only tells us that there vhave been a scandal about manouvres made at the Narkomfin, fueled by a TV report…..’

Narkomfin Building, 25 Novinsky Boulevard, Moscow, Russia

The Narkomfin building, one of the most daring buildings of the 20th century, was built at the peak of the Soviet avant garde to the designs of Moisei Ginzburg, Ignaty Milinis and engineer Sergei Prokhorov. The concentration of innovative ideas in Narkomfin and its aesthetic perfection has made Narkomfin a monument of world significance. It was constructed (1928-1930) to provide apartments for the workers of the People’s Commissariat of Finance otherwise known as Narkomfin.

Narkomfin’s influence on architecture can still be felt today. It has been a pilgrimage site for architects and historians from all over the world ever since its construction; figures like Rem Koolhaas and Zaha Hadid often mention the huge influence Soviet Constructivism has had on their work.

The building has been falling apart for the last three decades, and is now in a grossly dilapidated state, although it is still inhabited in part. There have been various proposals to save the building, which has been under threat of demolition and is an area of particularly lucrative real estate, either by turning it into luxury flats or a hotel.

(Source: oginoknauss.org)


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