Early Soviet architecture: House of the Government of Ukraine

Source : 112 Ukraine

It was built for the People's Commissariat of Internal Affairs of the newly created USSR
18:10, 3 April 2017

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The building of 1938 is the largest administrative building in the capital and a monument of early Soviet architecture. It was built for the People's Commissariat of Internal Affairs of the newly created USSR. For all its history, it has never changed its purpose, remaining administrative.

The time in which the monumental construction of the Cabinet of Ministers appeared, left its mark not only on the exterior of the building. The style of 1930s in the Soviet Union was full of hypertrophied monumentality - the houses were simply huge, decorated with tall columns, the lower floors were faced with large stone blocks. In addition, the facade of the building of the Cabinet is made in the form of a semicircle (another characteristic feature of the early Soviet architecture), reinforcing the feeling of own insignificance in the one who will be in front of him.

As for the internal premises, they are connected by rounded corridors with a large number of corners. This also shows the logic of the construction of Soviet administrative buildings - such corridors facilitated the defense in the event of an attempted seizure. In 1997, the upper part of the structure was painted into white, which softened the rigid facade.

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