The Fight for the Melnikov House
Text and photos by Natalia Melikova
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Designed by the Russian avant-garde architect Konstantin Melnikov and completed in 1929, the well-known and highly praised Melnikov House currently finds itself in imminent danger. Natalia Melikova, a recent MFA graduate student of the Academy of Art University in San Francisco, writes from Moscow about the threats to the house in her ongoing project on Russian avant-garde architecture.
Melnikov House, what's going on right now
There is no reason this old building should fall down, unless someone wants it to. Moscow has plenty of new business centers, luxury apartments, and multi-functional complexes. What needs to happen, before they start digging the pit for the parking garage is a temporary stop work order to give experts time to reevaluate the project and the construction effects on the landmark.