socialist modernism

Hotel Ezüstpart – Siófok, Hungary

Since the Eighties the Hotel Ezüstpart, “Silver Beach”, has been one of the most popular holiday spots on the shores of lake Balaton – both for local and foreign tourists.

The hotel was built between 1978 and 1983 by Pécs-born architect Ernő Tillai, a prize-winning designer who had a pioneering role in Hungarian urban planning after World War II.

The huge building, also dubbed Cheese House, features a distinctive shell-like façade. The exposed concrete balconies shape an aesthetically sophisticated wavy grid.

Socialist Modernism time capsule until the end of 2017, the Ezüstpart has recently undergone a major modernization and refurbishment process, losing a large part of its retro charm.

Hotel Ezüstpart, concrete façade Impossible Black & Orange Duochrome / Polaroid 636 Closeup

Hotel Salyut – Kiev, Ukraine

Icon of Socialist Modernism in Kiev, the Salute hotel was designed by Ukrainian architect Abraham Miletsky (also known for his dramatic, odd Crematorium in the Park of Memory) and built on the right bank of the Dnepr river between 1982 and 1984.

Named after – and looking alike – a series of Soviet space stations, the building should have been several floors higher (hence the massive base) but bureaucratic issues led to a shortening.
A spiral ramp runs all along inside the cylindrical reinforced concrete shape, connecting the 89 rooms.

Hotel Salute Polaroid B&W 600 Film Color Frames - Expired Film / Polaroid 636 Closeup
Hotel Salute Fujifilm instax mini black / Leica Sofort
Hotel Salute Fujifilm instax mini black / Leica Sofort
Hotel Salute Polaroid B&W 600 Film / Polaroid Supercolor 670AF
Hotel Salute Fujifilm instax mini black / Leica Sofort
Hotel Salute Fujifilm instax mini black / Leica Sofort

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

TV Tower – Berlin, Germany

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Berlin worldwide-famous television tower was inaugurated on 3rd October, 1969.

Architectural landmark and political symbol of GDR power, the monument overlooks Alexanderplatz and was purpose-built to be visible from almost the whole city.

Berliner Fernsehturm Impossible B&W Film for 600 Round Frame Edition - Expired Film / Polaroid Supercolor 670AF

Müggelturm – East Berlin, Germany

Clean-cut and chic, the Müggelturm is one of the first examples of Modernist architecture in East Berlin after years of ruling Stalinist Classicism.

Almost 30 meters high, the tower overlooks the Müggelsee and the surrounding woods from a hillock.

Opened to the public on the 31st of December of 1961 – just a few months after the construction of the infamous Wall – the building was designed by the collective of students of Kunsthochschule Berlin-Weißensee led by architects Jörg Streitparth, Siegfried Wagner and Klaus Weißhaupt.

The façades display panoramic windows at every landing, together with stylish clear concrete geometrical shapes.

A twin tower is planned to be built soon next to the original one.

Müggelturm Fujifilm instax mini monochrome / Leica Sofort
Concrete façade Polaroid Color 600 Metallic Red Frame Edition / Polaroid Supercolor 670AF
The staircase Fujifilm instax mini monochrome / Leica Sofort
Müggelturm Polaroid Color 600 Metallic Red Frame Edition / Polaroid Supercolor 670AF
Müggelturm Fujifilm instax mini monochrome / Leica Sofort