Apartment Building ”Tashkent”
Location: Chisinau, Moldova
Architect/Artist: Not known
Genre: Modernist, Soviet architecture, former USSR
The nine-storey building was a gift from the Uzbek SSR after the 1977 Vrancea earthquake, a 7.2 magnitude tremor that was widespread in the region and destroyed or damaged more than 20,000 structures in the Moldavian SSR. “Tashkent” was erected by a team of designers and builders who came from Uzbekistan, as did the materials, and the building was a return gift as the Moldavian SSR had done a similar thing for the Uzbeks after they experienced a catastrophic earthquake in 1966 which almost destroyed the city of Tashkent.
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