Apartment Building (Moscow Quarter)
Location: Slavutych, Ukraine
Architect: Leonid Vavakin
Genre: Modernist, Soviet architecture, former USSR
Slavutych is a purpose-built city in the north of Ukraine that was created from scratch to house civilians evacuated from the Chernobyl disaster of 1986. The city was designed and built by architects and workers from eight different countries, all of which were part of the Soviet Union at the time. These were Armenia, Azerbaijan, Estonia, Georgia, Latvia, Lithuania, Russia and Ukraine and representatives from each one were tasked with planning and building a section of the city that was indicative of the architectural style in their own country.
The design of the Moscow Quarter is typical of Soviet micro districts of the 1960s through to the 1980s. Leonid Vavakin (1932-2019) was a well-regarded Russian architect who was responsible for more than 100 urban planning projects throughout the USSR. He served as Chief Architect of Moscow from 1987 to 1996. More information about Slavutych.
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