Central House of Writers (CDL)
The Central House of Writers is an elaborate art-nouveau mansion dating to 1889. The historic mansion housed the administrative offices...
‘The colour of the house is liberal, ie red’, Anton Chekhov wrote of his house on the Garden Ring, where he lived from 1886 to 1890. The...
The new planetarium shines bigger and brighter than before, expanding in area by more than three times and incorporating all kinds of...
With minimalist decor and free wi-fi, Red is a popular spot to look cool while getting a caffeine fix. Delicious coffee is roasted in...
On the 7th floor of the Lotte Plaza, this trendy spot has the requisite outdoor terrace (the largest in the city) and superb city views....
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The model for Le Corbusier’s Unitè d’Habitation design principle, this architectural landmark was an early experiment in semi-communal living. Designed and built between 1928 and 1930 by Moisei Ginzburg and Ignatii Milinis, Narkomfin offered housing for members of the Commissariat of Finances. In line with constructivist ideals, communal space is maximised and individual space is minimised. Apartments have minute kitchens to encourage residents to eat in the communal dining room.
Having been in a semi-ruinous state for many years, a Russian property development group has been buying up apartments in the building with the long-term intention of preserving the constructivist landmark and converting it into condos. In the meantime, the dilapidated apartments are being leased to artists for very low rents. Unfortunately, the future remains in limbo, especially amid reports of 'cosmetic repairs' that threaten the integrity of the architecture.