Even if you have never been in Moscow you can easily guess that now there are a lot of huge and modern buildings here, just like in any other big city all over the world.
I cannot say I really like those buildings. I also cannot imagine that after 200-300 years someone will be excited over them, either. OK, maybe I am not a big expert in architecture, but the buildings of the past centuries seem to me much more charming and distinct.
Tell me the truth, does it look beautiful?
Actually in Moscow the problem is not in new buildings themselves, but how weirdly they look among the beautiful historic architecture.
Have you heard about the most grandiose project – Moscow City office center? Well, it’s actually still not finished. But what we already have there does not look gorgeous to me at all. If you compare them to average Moscow street you'll see that even the most typical Soviet buildings seem nicer and more cozy.
Here, take a look at “Moscow City” as seen from Kutuzovsky Prospekt:
What hurts me even more is how brutally the old historical buildings are defaced…. I know that the problem of air-conditioners in historical buildings exists in all big cities, but I have also heard there are quite civilized ways to solve it. There are lots of discussions about this problem in Moscow as well, but it still hasn't gone anywhere beyond resolutions.
Here is another nice example of architectural problems. These are the office buildings on Belorusskaya square, and they are built right in front of an old church. I am not saying that there should not be any office buildings in a center of huge and modern capital of big country, but I feel that it does not fit here at all.
It seems to me very symbolic and captures the essence of what is happening in recent years in Moscow. I do not really think our grandchildren will thank us for this…