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State Music and Ballet School

Kiev, Ukraine
State Music and Ballet School, Concert Hall, photo 1970s.
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State Music and Ballet School, Concert Hall, photo 1970s.
Courtesy of Michael Budilovsky

One of the most daring projects of Kiev modernism in the 1960s indicates the significant differences between the architectural search of that time and its implementation in Soviet society.The complex of music and ballet schools and their dormitories was conceived as a single unit. Thus, various creative professions, different practices and institutions had to coexist in the space of one complex. The facade of the concert hall was to be decorated with mosaics. Neither it nor the decorative pool were implemented. An attempt to create common space for different music professions and institutions failed when the building was divided between different owners and it ceased to exist as one functional single unit.