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Date

8-1976

Description

The high rise building pictured is the Kotel’nicheskaia Embankment Building (alternate spelling Kotenicheskaya), a high rise apartment building in Moscow. It was built as part of the vysotki (tall building) project which added seven high rise buildings to Moscow’s skyline. The intention was for these high rise buildings (commonly referred to in English as the Seven Sisters) to act as an aesthetic buffer between the existing skyline and the proposed (never completed) Palace of the Soviets, which, at 400 m, aimed to be the tallest building in the world. The designer, Rostovskii, was awarded a Stalin Prize for architecture in 1949 to design the building along with Chechulin.

Notes

Ryabushin, Alexander & Nadia Smolina. Landmarks of Soviet Architecture 1917-1991. (New York, 1992) pp. 124 Paperny, Vladimir. Architecture in the Age of Stalin: Culture II. (Cambridge, 2002) pp. 294, 297-8 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kotelnicheskaya_Embankment (accessed 5 June 2012) http://englishrussia.com/2009/07/10/the-seven-sisters-project/ (accessed 5 June 2012)

Creator 1 Role

Photographer

Creator 2 Dates

1901-1981

Creator 2 Role

Architect

Creator 3 Role

Architect

Subject Headings

Stalin prizes; Architecture -- Skyscrappers; Cities and towns -- Capitals (Cities) -- Russia -- Moscow;

Country Name

Russia

Region Name

Central

City Name

Moscow

Keywords

soviet architecture; pseudo-Gothic; Stalinist architecture; Stalin prizes;

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