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The Obolon Residential buildings

Kiev, Ukraine
1 of 11Socialist Modernism

Two experimental tower buildings from the second Obolon neighborhood (of 17 and 22 floors), which have been built using climbing formwork. The buildings have been assembled using monolithic cast structures and ferroconcrete. The buildings can be found in Drujba Narov square 2 and 2a. People used to call them “Romashky” (“The Chamomiles”) and “Kukuruzy” (“The Corns”) because of the resemblance between the shapes of the buildings and the plant.

The first monolithic building of Kiev, dated to 1981 has 15 functional floors. The building looks quite unusual, because of the circular, half-circle balconies. The windows are no regular windows, but entire walls of glass, in between the room with the balcony. At the base of the building there is a small plinth surrounded by pylons. On the same level with the plinth are the entrance, the staircase and the elevators.

The fire escape has a special design: because there are no classical balconies with access to the fire escape, a metal structure built indoors is connecting the roof fire escape to a vertical evacuation system. There are 6 apartments on each floor: 2 two-bedroom apartments, a one-bedroom apartment and another three-bedroom apartment. The building was created using casing structures with a hard monolithic center.