Genex Tower – Belgrade, Serbia

Zapadna Kapija Beograda, the Western City Gate of Novi Beograd, was designed by renowned Serbian architect Mihajlo Mitrović in Brutalist style.

The béton brut building was erected in 1980 in Bloc 33 of the new planned municipality as a modern gate to the city for people arriving from Belgrade airport.

The two towers of the raw concrete skyscraper are connected on the highest floors by a two storey-corridor leading to a revolving restaurant on the top – which has never been rotating and is not in use anymore.

The higher side is a 30 floors-residential building; the lower used to host the headquarters of Genex (hence the nickname), a state-owned enterprise dealing with trades between Yugoslavia and the USSR.
While the first one is still in use, the latter stays empty and abandoned.

Kula Geneks – Between the towers Polaroid B&W 600 Film / Polaroid Supercolor 670AF
The residential building and the rotating restaurant Fujifilm instax mini black / Leica Sofort
The office building Fujifilm instax mini black / Leica Sofort
The residential building and the rotating restaurant Polaroid B&W 600 Film / Polaroid Supercolor 670AF
Between the towers Fujifilm instax mini black / Leica Sofort
Residential building – Side view Polaroid B&W 600 / Polaroid Supercolor 670AF
Office building – Side view Fujifilm instax mini black / Leica Sofort

FDGB Erholungsheim “Hermann Duncker” – Schierke, Germany

Built in 1909 near Schierke, a small mountain village in the idyllic Harz National Park, the once luxurious hotel Villa Waldpark became after 1945 a recreation resort for the members of FDGB, the Free German Trade Union Federation of GDR.

Named after German political activist Hermann Duncker in the Sixties, the Erholungsheim was operational until 1990, when it ceased to exist together with the Deutsche Demokratische Republik itself.
Since then, the place has been left to rot and decay.

No restoration project is at the moment planned.

Vegetation taking over a veranda Polaroid B&W 600 Film Color Frames / Polaroid Supercolor 670AF

Stalin statue – Gori railway station, Georgia

Iron Man’s hometown, the Georgian city of Gori still hosts one of the last surviving statues of Iosif Stalin.

Inside a polished, freshly green-painted vaulted lounge at the main train station, a marble figure of the austere moustached Soviet leader stands out among the passengers waiting for their ride.

Stalin statue in the waiting hall Fujifilm instax mini black / Leica Sofort

We are our mountains – Stepanakert, Nagorno-Karabakh

National symbol of de facto Republic of Artsakh, the monument was sculpted in 1967 by Soviet Armenian artist Sargis Baghdasaryan.

Carved out of reddish volcanic tufa and at one with nature, these enormous elderly in their folk clothes – hence the nickname “tatik-papik”, grandpa and grandma – are to represent the centenarians people of the mountains and the heritage of Nagorno-Karabakh.

Tatik-Papik, Stepanakert Polaroid B&W 600 Film Color Frames / Polaroid Supercolor 670AF

Olympic well – Lysa Hora, Ukraine

In 1975 young Soviet artist Vladimir Arsentyev won the competition for the symbol of the upcoming 1980 Summer Olympics.

The games fever expanded all across the USSR – all the more so because the XXII Olympiad was the first one ever held in Eastern Europe.

The Moscow’s Seven Sister logo became ubiquitous in the whole Soviet Union, not only officially but also in everyday life details – like atop this well in Ukrainian village Lysa Hora.

The Olympic well Fujifilm instax mini black / Leica Sofort