1970s- 1980s VERY CHARUŽAJ STREET

VERY CHARUŽAJ STREET

VERY CHARUŽAJ STREET
The street - named after Vera Charužaja, yet another member of the resistance underground movement tortured by Nazis during WWII - is remarkable for architectural experiments aka ‘Corn Buildings’ designed by Belarusian architects. The construction of these houses began in 1969 to be continued for the next 20 years. Nowadays, the houses accommodate artists’ studios and offices. Local residents complain that the Corn Buildings are cold in winter. They ask: was it common for designers in USSR to prioritize originality over comfort?  If the buildings look strangely familiar to you, check Chicago's Marina City built in 1964.  Turn to Šaŭčenka Boulevard 17 (named after Ukrainian writer Taras Shevchenko) and you will find  the area, where several small shops and service joints follow the Soviet modus operandi. Photo by: wikimapia.org
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