Ugly or Beautiful? The Housing Blocks Communism Left Behind

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“The House on Chicken Legs” was built in 1968 in the Alexeyevsky District of Moscow, Russia.

A Hochhaus (skyscraper) built in the 1970s on the Herzbergstraße in Fennpfuhl, Lichtenberg, Berlin.

“The Hammer” high-rise on Smolna street in Śródmieście, Północne, Warsaw, Poland was completed in 1976.

The Torwar Estate on Fabryczna street in Solec, Śródmieście, Warsaw, Poland. It was built between 1971 and 1973.

A Soviet mosaic adorns a tower block built in the late 1960s on Prospekt Peremohy, in Shuliavka, Shevchenkivskyi District, Kiev, Ukraine.

Za Żelazną Bramą Estate on Marszałkowska Street in Śródmieście Północne, Warsaw, Poland. It was constructed between 1965 and 1972.

Residential tower blocks built on Obolonskyi Prospekt in Obolon, Obolonskyi District, Kiev, Ukraine, in 1981.

The Russian State Scientific Center for Robotics and Technical Cybernetics towers above the Kalininsky District in Saint Petersburg, Russia. It was constructed from 1973 to 1986.

A reinforced concrete housing complex near Novosmolenskaya Embankment in Vasileostrovsky District, Saint Petersburg, Russia. It was built in 1986.

The Novoyasenevskiy Prospekt housing complex was built in Yasenevo District, Moscow, Russia in the mid-1980s.

Shevchenko University was built from 1972 to 1980 in Holosiivskyi District, Kiev, Ukraine.

“Club100,” property of the Russian embassy in Warsaw, is located on Sobieskiego Street in Sielce, Mokotów.

A 1970s housing complex located near Märkische Allee in Marzahn, Berlin, Germany.

Plattenbau on Frankfurter Allee in Lichtenberg, Berlin, Germany.

Tower blocks loom near Sonyachne Lake in Darnytskyi District, Kiev, Ukraine.



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