1970s Soviet Alien Architecture

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French photojournalist Frederic Chaubin likes to take photographs of science-fictiony Soviet architecture from the 1970s and 80s. During that era, the Soviets erected several formidable buildings that look like cities you'd see on an alien world. Pictured here is a strangely organic-looking wedding palace which is located in Georgia. More U.S.S.R. spaceportecture below.

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This is a holiday center in the Ukraine.

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This government building in Georgia was inspired by a sketch of an imaginary city. Images by Frederic Chaubin

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DISCUSSION

Corpore Metal

Okay call me a lowbrow but I find all three of these buildings beautiful! It's like someone gave some bright, naively futuristic architect straight out of a Soviet-era university a lot of money and no oversight—probably some kid who was a favorite of the local Party bosses.

I do hope Georgia, Ukraine and other countries from the Soviet Union find the money to preserve and restore some of these buildings.

I think it would be real shame if they tear them down and replace them with the same ol' boring 7-11s and Starbucks that are destroying our architectural diversity in this globalized world.