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Kotelnicheskaya Embankment Building, Moscow
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Kotelnicheskaya Embankment Building is one of seven Stalinist skyscrapers laid down in September 1947 and completed in 1952, designed by Dmitry Chechulin (then Chief Architect of Moscow) and Andrei Rostkovsky. The main tower has 32 levels (including mechanical floors) and is tall.The building also incorporates a 9-story apartment block facing Moskva River, designed by the same architects in 1938 and completed in 1940. Originally build in stern early Stalinist style, with wet stucco wall finishes, it was re-finished in terra cotta panels in line with the main tower and acquired ornate pseudo-Gothic crowns over its 12-story raised corners and center tower. By the end of World War II, the side wing was converted to multi-family kommunalka housing, in a contrast to the planned elite status of the main tower.The main tower, of a conventional steel frame structural type, has a hexagonal cross-section with three side wings (18-storeys, including two mechanical floors). While it is not exceptionally tall or massive, the "upward surge" of five stepped-up layers, from a flat 9-storey side wing to the spire, produce a visual image of a far superior structure. The structure hides behind itself a so-called "Shvivaya Gorka", a hill with historical architecture and a maze of steeply inclined streets. Chechulin was initially criticized for complete disregard of this area, but his bureaucratic influence brushed off any criticisms.
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  • Stalin skyscraper on Kotelnicheskaya embankment-is located in the beautiful surroundings of Moscow. The better it can be seen from a distance of course. Very nice if you look above the street Pottery, especially in the evening when the sunset. You can very easily get around on all sides, but better to go on a guided tour of the "Moscow Yulia byways" called "Goncharnaya Sloboda". Tour a wonderful, interesting, free-you'll like it.
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  • The 7 sisters, monument commissioned by Stalin in the early 1950s, 25 000 square meters, 176 meters and twenty-two floors is an important historical building. Unfortunately this monument is in the works and does not deserve that we approach and can therefore be seen from the bridge of the Kremlin.
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  • See the entire SARS outbreak is possible only from a distance, near it seems dimensionless. Very beautiful and powerful at the same time elegant. You can watch for long without taking your eyes.
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