Apartment Building (Yerevan Quarter)
Location: Slavutych, Ukraine
Architects: Levon Khachatryan, Stefan Lazaryan and Ayk Ayvazyan
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. With each of the five-storey buildings in the Baku Quarter featuring different styles of windows prevalent in Islamic architecture, the neighbourhood, although it hasn’t weathered that well, stands out for its diversity.
The Yerevan Quarter was built using pink tufa, a distinctive limestone rock of volcanic origin that is used to construct countless buildings throughout Armenia. More information about Slavutych.
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