November 20, 2013


Our Man J in Berkeley posted an interesting link today that features 25 Fantastic Soviet Buildings. Constructed during the Cold War, many of the structures are based on bold geometric designs in concrete and stand out against the environment (heavy, but not brutalist). Fans of classic spy lairs and the 007 designs of Ken Adam may find some desirable real estate! My faves in the collection lean toward the Sci-Spy and are reminiscent of the models by Mike Trim for Gerry Anderson (Thunderbirds, Stingray, Captain Scarlet, Space 1999). One of the Fantastic Buildings may even be a Futuro House by the Finnish architect Matti Suuronen. The Belexpo coplex in Minsk (see page 5) looks suspiciously like Saarinen's TWA terminal. My top-two picks below.

Here is the Historic and Ethnographic Museum on Sulaiman-Too Mountain in Osh, Kyrgyzstan (Kygyz Republic) built in 1978. Note the Bondian glass/concrete entrance to the cave, which could double visually as a radar station. If you were hoping to move your evil organization in before winter, however, I'm afraid you're five years too late. The surrounding sacred area and additional caves became a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2009. 

The second building that caught my eye is the Tareika Hotel in Dombai, Russia. Located halfway up a mountain, the Tareika is only accessible by funicular railroad during the day. It sports three rooms and a lobby and is apparently able to disassemble into sixteen sections or be carried by helicopter- ideal lair for the diabolical mastermind on the go! The Tareika also appears to be either an authentic Futuro design by Suuronen, or was constructed based on his plans. Additional info here

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1 comment:

  1. The UFU shaped building at the Hotel Tarelka is indeed a Futuro House. Check out


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