Location: Warsaw, Poland
Architects: Piotr Sembrat and Janusz Nowak
Genre: Modernist, Communist architecture, former Eastern Bloc
The 11-storey complex was constructed in the late ’70s as housing for employees of the Soviet Embassy in Warsaw. The guarded premises was protected by a high barbed wire-topped wall, and security cameras were situated throughout. Non-authorised personnel were prohibited from entering, and facilities for embassy staff and their immediate kin included a gym, a hairdresser, a cinema, and a playroom for children. The building was inhabited from 1978 to 1989 and abandoned not long after the dissolution of the Soviet Union in the early 1990s. The issue of land ownership between the two nations has yet to be resolved.
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