Towering and dominant this structure is lies on the former grounds of the House of Soviets in Victory Square of Kaliningrad, Russia. With a robust architectural design it is also known as the abandoned robot building.
The edifice resides on the part of Königsberg Castle grounds that were destroyed in 1944. Before 1945, this land resided in Königsberg, Germany. The castle burned down following the Second World War at the bombing of Königsberg.
The structural plans were demanding but were put into play in the 1960’s intending, to be a central administration building. As it was being built in the 1980’s it began to sink down into the unsound soil at the foundation. This was due to the old castle’s lower levels, tunnels and moats.
Through-out the years many attempts to get this fortress like structure finished have been pursued but pressures of money cost have caused delays. The inside of this building is left unfinished but the outside was completed in 2005. Some want to rebuild the castle others think it will cost too much and for now a cobblestone square was set.
Revenge of the Prussians
Sprawling graffiti is dotted along the stairs leading up to grounds. Even though some entrances have been blocked this does not stop people from gaining access. Nature has also begun to grow up around the steps leading towards its doors.
Nick names such as “Monster” and “Revenge of the Prussians” are due to the dislike of the decades long view of the abandoned building. Many residents find the structure to be an eyesore. Such architecture like this, Brutalism, was favored for government projects around this time. Even a part béton brut, with the exposed concrete.
Along the road of Ulitsa Shevchenko, 8, Konigsberg, Kaliningradskaya oblast’ of Russia you will see this towering architecture.
Are you looking for this masterpiece? You can find this sovereign abandoned robot building with these coordinates. 54.709788, 20.512493.
Photos by Felipe Tofani / Flickr.
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