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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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  • Imposing sample of the architecture of the Soviet period is that you can admire in this enormous structure that can not miss the star with laurels to "Crown" the building. From the upper floors of the Cathedral of St. Basil, you have an excellent perspective of the same. Tips of transport in Moscow: preferably use the meter and if you need to take a Taxi never accept payment with measured service (taximeter) already that is very expensive! Enjoy the red square. LIFE... it's a trip!
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  • Extraordinarily beautiful this House in evening light. Using izi.travel I made a separate tour of the seven Stalinist Moscow Vysotkam. I was very lucky the House on kotelnicheskaya Quay in my route was late at night when he very colorfully and darkly lit. I carried out his dream.
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  • The most beautiful, familiar and beloved from childhood, illusion cinema, Faina ranevskaya, and more. Come on a tour, it will be interesting.
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