Every now and then, we publish an architectural related posts, abut our forgotten history to help us understand our future.
This time, is the most tearful story of one of the grates buildings of Russian constructivism era, the Narkomfin building.
The Narkomfin building was designed by Moisei Ginzburg and Ignatij Milinis in 1928 and completed in 1930.
Its main theme was to offer people new way of modern and collective living by showing them different social and aesthetic values, through constructivist architecture, avant-garde interior planning and build houses at low cost at the same time.
This building had impact not only on soviet architectural trends but to most of modern buildings up until now!
Think abut only few facts it offered; carcass structure structural columns from reinforced concert, raised ground floor from the ground, ribbon glazing, open public space on the rooftop, optimized corridors for area duplex apartments, the absence of supporting walls, kinder garden public restaurant and maximize use of space…
After Le Corbusier visit to Moscow during construction of the Narkomfin building, was given blueprints as a present (fact unconfirmed) but mentioned about the debt he owned to the pioneering ideas of the Narkomfin duplex flat plans in his Unité d'Habitation
Hear is photo from club.foto.ru taken by Russian photograph Alexander Rodchenko, thy show the contrast between Moscow of late 1920s and Ginzburg’s pioneering ideas of social living.