The great Russian Engineer Vladimir Shukhov. The Tour to the Engineering Masterpieces
Vladimir Shukhov (1853—1939) was a brilliant Russian engineer who is most famous for his innovative steel frameworks. He invented diagrid shells and steel membranes that were widely used by the renowned architects such as Norman Foster, Richard Rogers, Frank Gehry and Zaha Hadid. Norman Foster even called Shukhov one of his ‘main idols in architecture’. This tour will show you the best Shukhov’s works in Moscow, salient to the history of the Russian Art Nouveau and Soviet Avant-garde.
You will see:
Moscow Architectural Institute (1915), one of the first buildings with the reinforced concrete framework and a fine example of Art Deco architecture.
Metropol Hotel (1905), an outstanding collaboration of the most notable Russian architects and artists of the time.
GUM department store (1893), with its enormous steel-and-glass roof designed by Shukhov.
Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts (1912), a classicist building with massive glass-and-steel framework.