Communist architecture is often monumental, sometimes minimalist, and always imposing. But in the latter years of most European communist states, traditional Brutalist architecture gave way to something a little weirder — and occasionally even playful. Here are some incredible buildings from this era in late Eastern Bloc communism.

Crematorium, Kiev, Ukraine (1975)

You can see the picture above.

(via MIMOA and Archialternative)

Central Research Institute of Robotics and Technical Cybernetics, St. Petersburg, Russia (1973-1988)

(via PanGorod.ruand the St. Petersburg University's Museum)

Russian Academy of Sciences (RAS), Moscow

(via Wikimedia Commons 1- 2 )

Hotel Forum, Kraków, Poland (1978-1989)

(via Wikimedia Commons)

Museum of Slovak National Uprising , Banska Bystrica, Slovakia (1969)

(via Wikimedia Commonsand Serendipity Project)

Riga Diesel Engine Factory, Riga, Latvia (1985)


Palace of Concerts and Sports, Vilnius, Lithuania (1971)

(via 28 Days Later)

Genex Tower, Belgrade, Serbia (1977)

(via Wikimedia Commons)

National Library, Pristina, Kosovo

(via Wikimedia Commons)