"Gingerbread" Kremerbryuke
The bridge, originally invented by people as a construction connecting two points, has long ceased to perform a narrowly applied function. In the modern sense, such an architectural structure can…

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The mystery of the mirror of Dracula, which hides the most mysterious mansion of St. Petersburg
In the working quarter, located in the south-western part of Vasilyevsky Island in St. Petersburg, there is a mysterious house. He was lost in the industrial zone among the factories…

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What can surprise CFT House in St. Petersburg – a kilometer-long museum of Soviet architecture

This is an unusual building on the Novosmolenskaya Embankment in St. Petersburg, which was popularly called the “House of CFT” (the Center for Corporate Trade) – the brightest representative of late Soviet architecture and, in particular, of Leningrad architecture. The building surprises not only with its appearance and incredible length, but also with its internal layout. Indeed, in the House of CFT in the Soviet years, two-level apartments were designed! Continue reading

How modern furniture appeared 100 years ago: Modernist man, architect and jeweler Josef Hoffman

Chairs with high backs, sofas and armchairs, which are still relevant today, geometric decorations and textiles with abstract patterns … There is hardly a design area in which Austrian architect Josef Hoffman, who had outpaced his time for almost a hundred years, would not have worked. Continue reading

10 “impregnable” prisons, of which still managed to escape

The prison is a place for criminals, and it is assumed that prisoners do not have the opportunity to escape. But the desire for freedom is such that, from time to time, even among the most guarded prisons they flee, displaying wonders of ingenuity. Moreover, history knows a very entertaining case, when shoots were made from prisons, about which the glory of reliable and impregnable people walked. Continue reading

Islamic architecture with a British accent: Secrets of the Central Mosque in Cambridge
The word "mosque" in Europeans is in no way associated with Cambridge, but in vain. Times change, and now in this historic British place a grandiose building for Muslims has…

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House for the elite: Rumors and facts about the legendary Stalinist high-rise - the house at Kotelnicheskaya
Stalin skyscrapers always spawned many incredible rumors and conjectures. Since the 1950s, they have evoked both awe, and admiration, and great interest. Each of these magnificent buildings has its own…

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"Lacy" mansion-masterpiece in Tomsk: House with a tent, which was restored by the Germans
If you are in Tomsk, then you should definitely see the fabulous beauty of the mansion, which is also called the “House with a tent”. It is abundantly covered with…

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Where is the very first Soviet Khrushchev and why it will not demolish
In the late 1950s, simple and fast-built five-story buildings, which later received the nickname "Khrushchev", were called the houses of the future. In the eyes of the architects, and the…

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