‘Crown’ and ‘chamomile’ are included on the famous list
Belarusian sites among those listed as ‘best buildings designed by Soviet architects’
By Dmitry Sokolov
An authoritative Russian portal has compiled the list, featuring the top 28 fantastic buildings engineered by Soviet architects in the 1960-1980s. Hotels, theatres and museums occupy most of those recognised but Grodno’s Regional Drama Theatre, in Belarus, is noted. Its fantastic ‘alien space ship’ design is also sometimes compared to a royal crown. It is sited near the River Neman, built from 1977-1984, under the Giproteatr Moscow Institute (architect G. Mochulsky).
Belarus’ Belexpo Exhibition Centre, on Pobediteley Avenue, is also commended in the list, being rated beside the Soviet Embassy to Cuba and the Ministry of Transport building in Georgia. Minsk residents know it as the ‘chamomile’ and it was one of the last industrial sites to be built in Minsk before the breakup of the Soviet Union. The pavilion opened in 1988 and has been recently reconstructed.