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Date

1978

Description

Chet Smolski describes this building as a science research building of the 1920s. This building is part of Karazin Kharkov National University. The park from which the photo was taken is called Svobody Square or Freedom Square. The building is a prime example of Constructivist architecture. It features skywalks that probably derive from El Lissitsky’s Skyhook of the 1920s, although the buildings are not horizontal skyscrapers. When built it was the tallest skyscraper in the U.S.S.R. It was financed by order of Feliks Dzierżyński and cost 9 million rubles.

Notes

See Wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Derzhprom See Reyner Banham Information from www.answers.com/topic/Kharkov The contact for info. on this building is Igor Bolotny: igor.a.bolotny@univer.kharkov.ua “The Dezhprom complex was used as a symbol of modernity in films such as Dziga Vertov's Three Songs about Lenin and Sergei Eisenstein's The General Line.” Wikipedia “The reconstruction and renovation of the Derzhprom building took more time (7 years) than the construction of the building itself. (3 years)” Wikipedia

Creator 2 Dates

1878-1939

Creator 2 Role

Architect

Creator 3 Role

Architect

Creator 4 Role

Architect

Building Type

University Building

Building Style

Soviet Modern

Themes

Urban Development

Subject Headings

Architecture, Modern -- Ukraine -- 20th century; Research facilities -- Ukraine --Kharkov; Architecture, Ukrainian; Litter; Constructivist architecture; Dzierżyński, Feliks; Derzhprom (Karkov, Ukraine); Freedom Square (Karkov, Ukraine)

Country Name

Ukraine

City Name

Kharkov

Keywords

Gosprom, skyscraper, skyhook, Derzhprom, Kharkov, Freedom Square

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