Sometimes you don’t even know your own biases and stereotypes until you look closely.
My idea about what architecture looks like in Eastern Europe is heavily influenced by the fact that I grew up during the Cold War, and that, in reality, most of the buildings built during that era, whether in Moscow or Belgrade, were pretty awful.
And somehow, I didn’t realize that things had radically changed since the 1980’s and the demise of communism.
Turns out there are some amazing buildings, both public and private, being built in the former Soviet Union and the countries of what used to be called, “The Eastern Block.”
I’m starting to pay a lot more attention to contemporary architecture in this part of the world, saving things to post on this blog. So look out for more.
For now, here are three examples. One from the Ukraine (!), one from Moscow, and one from Hungary.
I’m not saying I LIKE all this architecture, although the Moscow house exterior is appealing. I’m just saying, Who Knew?