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This Is How Unique Soviet Architecture Disappears In Kyiv
20 January, 2016

The tram dispatch building was built in 1982 to control the city tram routes, but was used as a popular bar until it’s recent closure. It is now threated with demolition and with the prospect of only existing “in the form of a black-and-white picture that people will share through their Facebook accounts.”

Fazenda attracted both locals and tourists alike, not just for it’s drinks, but rather for the building’s unique aesthetic. “There is a famous worldwide style called brutalism, which refers to modernism in the 70s-80s.” however, “all the buildings of this style are usually enormous, for instance, the 12-floor buildings of the Kyiv Polytechnic Institute.” Yet the size of tram dispatch building makes it unique, as it “is like a smaller copy, which is also built in this style.” It is unofficially recognised as being an iconic piece of Soviet architecture.

Despite being saturated by Soviet architecture, Kyiv finds itself conflicted as “they are not recognised as being monuments of cultural heritage” and specialists try their best to avoid architectural styles associated with the USSR. Currently Kyiv only has one monument of national importance, The Palace of Culture “Ukraine”, that was officially recognised in 1996 after it’s construction, and one monument of local importance, Kyiv Kids and Youth Palace. Despite this, “society is in the process of realising the value of such objects” and they are slowly becoming an “interest to society”.