Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Russia main building

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Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Russia main building
Здание Министерства иностранных дел РФ
Ministry of Foreign Affairs building in Moscow, Russian Federation.jpg
Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Russia main building is located in Central Moscow
Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Russia main building
Location in Central Moscow
General information
Location 32/34 Smolenskaya-Sennaya pl, Moscow, Russia
Coordinates 55°44′45″N 37°35′03″E / 55.74583°N 37.58417°E / 55.74583; 37.58417Coordinates: 55°44′45″N 37°35′03″E / 55.74583°N 37.58417°E / 55.74583; 37.58417
Construction started 1948
Completed 1953
Height
Roof 172 m (564 ft)
Technical details
Floor count 27
Lifts/elevators 28
Design and construction
Architect V.G.Gelfreih, A.B.Minkus

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Russia main building is one of seven Stalinist skyscrapers, designed and overseen by V.G.Gelfreih and A.B.Minkus.

Features[edit]

Overall view
Borodinsky Bridge and the Ministry building by night

The skyscraper has 27 levels and is 172 metres (564 ft) tall. It's covered by a light external stone wall with projecting pilasters and pylons. The interior is decorated with stones and metals. A metal spire tops the tower's roof, assimilating its silhouette with those of the other six Sisters.

History[edit]

The skyscraper was laid down in 1948 and completed in 1953. According to the biography of the architect Minkus (published in 1982), draft plans were first drawn up in 1946 and ranged from 9 to 40 stories. In 1947 two designs were proposed: one utilized layered setbacks while the other called for a more streamlined construction which culminated into a blunt rectangular top. In the second and approved design a metal spire, presumably ordered by Joseph Stalin, was hastily added to tower's roof.[1][2] Currently the building houses the offices for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Russia.

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Kiernan, Maria. Moscow: A Guide to Soviet and Post-Soviet Architecture, Ellipis, London, 1998, p.126. 127
  2. ^ Russian: Варзар, Л., «М. А. Минкус», М, 1982, p.66

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