A little Kings Cross in Moscow


IMG_1204 Tony Molloy got in touch after we covered his article on the Peabody blog about the Lubetkin-designed blocks of Priory Green.  Lubetkin was a favourite architect of the Stalin era who brought modernism to Britain.  Tony sent some pictures of Lubetkin-style blocks in Moscow which we were lucky to escape here. Tony said:

I think Lubetkin did not feel overly fondly of Priory Green which could be in part why it is not listed (as I recall there was to be a doctors surgery and the estate office was to be where they built Foiliot). Was Spa Green a better example? I am unsure if its listed either but it is softer vision I felt (10 years ago).    

I spent some time in Moscow a couple of years ago and there is nothing but row upon row, and mile upon mile of Lubetkin blocks like Kendal and Reddington but 22 stories high – same colour scheme that Priory Green used to be as well!. They also had 3 lifts as opposed to 2 lifts (but always had one lift turned off so if a lift  broke down you knew you had a third lift waiting).

I love the engineering pragmatism of having a spare lift.

About William Perrin

Active in Kings Cross London and South Oxfordshire, founder of Talk About Local, helping people find a voice online and a trustee of The Indigo Trust , Good Things Foundation and ThreeSixtyGiving as well as Connect8.
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1 Response to A little Kings Cross in Moscow

  1. Martin O'Donnell says:

    Hi Tony

    Your piece reminds me of the first time I showed Lala, our Moscow born community development worker around the neighbourhood. We got to Muriel Street and she exclaimed “oh it’s lovely, it is just like bulgarian holiday apartments!”

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