Panel Nostalgia

Pavilion “Panel nostalgia” was created for the XXI International Architectural Festival “Architecture”. It’s official theme for 2013 was “National Landscape”.

This pavilion is our reflection on the topic. We think that national Russian architectural landscape is not shaped by historical buildings or recently built fancy skyscrapers. It is shaped with typical panel apartment buildings “Khruschevki” that create a monotonous and depressing urban environment, lacking  creativity and basic humanism. Wherever you are in Russia – Moscow, Khabarovsk or Brest, you’ll see kilometers of same panel landscape around you. 

The pavilion is a cube 3 by 3 meters, assembled from standard concrete panels with standard windows and balcony opening. Inside, walls are covered with printed images of a typical interior that has not been changed much in the last 50 years. At the central image, you can see a typical old lady, sitting down on the bed and looking at a family photo album. Just as she feels sorrow remembering her past, so we pay a mournful tribute to the generations who’ve spent their lives in faceless panel cages. 

Architects : Misha Krymov, Aleksei Goriainov.

Photos: Frank Herfort

Pavilion material: foam, finished under concrete

Dimensions: 3x3x3 meters

Copyright Photo: Arch Group