Frédéric Chaubin, Soviet embassy in Cuba (A. Rochegov) Havana, 1985
Frédéric Chaubin, Monument to the Battle of Bash-Aparan. (R. Israelyan) Armenia, 1979
Frédéric Chaubin, Creamatorium (A. Miletski) Kiev, Ukraine, 1985
Frédéric Chaubin, Druzhba sanatorium (I. Vasilevsky, Y. Stefanchuk) Yalta, Ukraine, 1985
Frédéric Chaubin, Built in the nineteenth century, the Ninth Fort at Kaunas was used by the Soviet NKVD as a detention center and then by the German occupying forces. The 32 metre-high (105-ft.-high) memorial stands on the site of mass executions carried out during the Holocaust. This spectacular evocation of suffering and death was designed by the sculptor Alfonsas Ambraziunas. Lithuania, 1983
Frédéric Chaubin, Institute of Robotics and Technical Cybernetics (S. Savin, B. Artiushin) Saint Petersburg, Russia, 1987
Frédéric Chaubin ”Cosmic Communist Constructions photographed”. Hardcover, 26 x 34 cm (10.2 x 13.4 in.), 312 pages. (Taschen)
Frédéric Chaubin, Cosmic Communist Constructions Photographed published by Taschen. Frédéric Chaubin is the editor-in-chief of the French lifestyle magazine Citizen K. He reveals 90 buildings sited in fourteen former Soviet Republics which express what he considers to be the fourth age of Soviet architecture.
His poetic pictures reveal an unexpected rebirth of imagination, an unknown burgeoning that took place from 1970 until 1990. Contrary to the 1920s and 1950s, no “school” or main trend emerges here. These buildings represent a chaotic impulse brought about by a decaying system. Their diversity announced the end of the Soviet Union. Taking advantage of the collapsing monolithic structure, the holes in the widening net, architects went far beyond modernism, going back to the roots or freely innovating.
This puzzle of styles testifies to all the ideological dreams of the period, from the obsession with the cosmos to the rebirth of identity. It also outlines the geography of the USSR, showing how local influences made their exotic twists before the country was brought to its end.