In his new book, Cosmic Communist Constructions Photographed (Taschen, $60), lensman Frédéric Chaubin explores an often-overlooked period of Soviet architecture: 1970 to 1990. Over seven years Chaubin—editor in chief of the French magazine Citizen K—traveled the hinterlands and metropolitan centers of the 15 former Soviet republics to capture 90 jaw-droppingly odd, innovative, and beautiful buildings from the latter days of the Communist regime. Click through our slide show to see highlights from the book.
The Georgian Ministry of Highways in Tbilisi, Georgia, a 1974 structure designed by George Chakhava, Zurab Dzhalaganiya, Temur Tkhilava, and V. Klinberg.
Vladimir Somov’s Fyodor Dostoyevsky Theater of Dramatic Art, built in 1987 in Novgorod, Russia.
The Presidium of the Russian Academy of Sciences in Moscow, designed by Yuri Platonov (1988)
The Poplakov Café (1976), built atop the Dnieper river in the Ukraine.
A circa-1985 winter-sports resort in Dombai, Kabardino-Balkaria
The summer residence of the president of Armenia on Lake Sevan, built in 1976.
The Genocide Memorial in Yerevan, Armenia, designed in 1968 by architects Artur Tarkhanyan and Sashur Kalashyan.
The Palace of Ceremonies (1985) in Tbilisi, Georgia, by R. Dzorbenadze and Vazha Orbeladze.
A 1985 crematorium by Avraham Miletski in Kiev, Ukraine.
The Monument to the Battle of Bash-Aparan (1979) in Armenia, designed by Rafael Israelyan.
The Lenin Museum (1970) in Tashkent, Uzbekistan, designed by Yevgeny Rozanov and Vladamir Shestopalov.
The Chisinau circus (1981) in Moldova, by Semyon Shoikhet and A. Kirichenko.
The Institute of Robotics and Technical Cybernetics (1987) in St. Petersburg, by S. Savin and B. Artiushin.
A 1983 Holocaust memorial by Alfonsas Ambraziunas at the Ninth Fort at Kaunas in Lithuania.
The mosaic children’s pool at a resort in Adler, Russia, designed by Zurab Tsereteli in 1973.