Melnikov house

Melnikov house (1927)Photography by Carlos Dorce

Melnikov house (1927)
Photography by Carlos Dorce

Moscow’s Arbat Street is a street full of life, full of restaurants, cafes and souvenir shops, together with women begging, exhibitions and musical circus in the middle of the street … I am sure that all the tourist who want to know the Russian capital must go to this famous street for walking and breathing the Moscow air. Furthermore, there is a very interesting and cylindrical house which is hidden between other great buildings: the Melnikov house. This house was designed by Konstantin Melnikov (1890-1974) in 1927, two years after winning the gold medal at the World Exposition in Paris.  The house consists of two interlocking cylinders of brick covered with white plaster hexagonal windows.  The architect built this house for his family and lived there until the day of his death and the same thing happened with his son, who died in 2006. Melnikov’s career and his style would have had much more impact if Stalin hadn’t risen to power in U.S.S.R. and he hadn’t loved the Soviet monumentalism.

Right now, the house seems abandoned and there are only a few number of tourists who leave Arbat street to admire this mathematical house.

Photography by Carlos Dorce

Photography by Carlos Dorce

Location: Mélnikov house (map)


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