Apartment Building (Riga Quarter)
Location: Slavutych, Ukraine
Architect: Zane Kalinka
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.
From a design and standard-wise point of view, the Riga Quarter is considered one of the city’s most highly regarded districts, not only by the residents who moved in but also among the architects and planners of the other Soviet republics involved in the project. More information about Slavutych.
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