Main floor plan, Central Academic Theater of the Red Army.
Moscow. Karo Alyabin and Vasiliy Simbirtsev, 1940.
Built specifically for propaganda spectacles, the theater included a ramp (top point of the star) for tanks and other military vehicles to join in the fun.
In Stalinist Architecture, one could never be too clear about the message.
Photos and text in Russian, here.
Goes on for a while, doesn’t it?
Unbuilt tower at St. Rumbold’s, Mechelen. By Wenceslaus Hollar.
July 13th is the 172nd birthday of Otto Wagner
. Wagner is one of the first people to use the term “modern architecture,” although his work doesn’t embody the theoretical or stylistic connotations of that term. Nonetheless, he was more than aware of the strangeness of modernity.
This rendering, published in the 1897 edition of Moderne Architektur is strikingly dense for what was, at the time, considered the uncultured work of an engineer. Wagner and his studio produced incredible draftsmanship, but this rendering stands out because of its sheer uncanniness. Look at the two columns. One is stone, safe and solid. The other is cast iron, modern and delicate. A woman works, men turn their backs, and a locomotive of the Weiner Stadtbahn lurks. There are superhuman things and unseen layers to cities, a fact to be made beautiful.
After the break are two more under-appreciated projects of his, one for an asymmetrical bridge over a lock, and the other is the earliest architectural photomontage I am aware of, from 1906.
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