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RETURN OF THE KING

This chateau was once the property of a noble family. Many of these families fell into poverty and the chateau was sold to a wealthy business man. At the beginning of the 1990′s there was an inferno that reduced the once splendid castle into the ruins that is left today. Nothing remains but the empty carcass of the chateau. But what a carcass it is! Nature has slowly but surely taken back what was once hers, which gives the place an extraordinary look and feel.

Dudziarska II, from ongoing documentary project on how the post-transformation Poland manifests itself in architecture and urbanism.

I’d described the history of Dudziarska project here. The temporary social housing designed as a short-term harbour for people kicked out of council tenancy or other projects was built in the middle of nowhere, and in a manner that intentionally was considered as a motivating factor to get out of there as fast as possible. Instead, without much surprise, the Dudziarska blocks turned into a ghetto dubbed the worst address in Warsaw. In 2010, as a part of art intervention, blocks were painted with Malevich’s Black Square and Mondrian compositions, and during Warszawa w Budowie festival there was a special bus trip to the district to show it off. This action was generally perceived by the inhabitants as a safari-like. In 2017, the city authorities admitted the absolute failure of the Dudziarska project, and announced a gradual abandonment of the estate and its demolition or change of character.

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LOST PATRIOT

On a cold winter morning, we stumbled across a couple of forgotten Leopard tanks and some Volvo trucks scattered nonchalantly on an abandoned military domain… There was something very post-apocalyptic about this entire scene. We half expected some Mad Max character to come charging out of the bushes at any given point… :-)

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Towering, dominant and located on the grounds of a former lies the House of Soviets in Victory Square of Kaliningrad, Russia. Before 1945, this land resided in Königsberg, Germany.

The building resides on the part of Königsberg Castle grounds that were destroyed in 1944. The castle burned down following the Second World War at the bombing of Königsberg.

The demanding facility structural plans were put into play in the 1960’s intending, to be a central administration building. As it was being built in the 1980’s it began to sink down into the unsound soil at the foundation. This was due to the old castle’s lower levels, tunnels and moats.

Through-out the years many attempts to get this fortress like structure finished have been pursued but pressures of money cost have caused delays. The inside of this building is left unfinished but the outside was completed in 2005.  Some want to rebuild the castle others think it will cost too much and for now a cobblestone square was set.

Nick names such as “Monster” and “Revenge of the Prussians” are due to the dislike of the decades long view of the abandoned building. Such architecture like this, Brutalism, was favored for government projects around this time. Even a part béton brut, with the exposed concrete.

Along the road of Ulitsa Shevchenko, 8, Konigsberg, Kaliningradskaya oblast of Russia you will see this striking architecture. If you are looking for this masterpiece? You can find this sovereign building with these coordinates. 54.709788, 20.512493

Photos by Felipe Tofani / Flickr under CCL NC by SA 2.0