Alexander Brodsky

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Alexander Brodsky is an architect and artist that has developed a series of small scale projects to rethink about the traditional Russian architecture and the current situation of the building industry. Providing the city with spaces that have been built with recycled building materials (e.g. reused windows), his architecture is aimed at reflecting, amongst other issues, on the way in which some Russian cities are growing.

“Brodsky’s work is characterised by a concern with traditional building, using local materials to produce an architecture that celebrates Russian heritage whilst at the same time acting as a critique of the unregulated and corrupt building industry.

His work thus stands in contrast to the untethered development occurring in Russia, in particular in Moscow and in the threat to St Petersburg’s world heritage status. Whilst Western ‘star architects’ are building controversial projects, Brodsky’s architecture remains restrained, blurring the line between art and architecture. He has built a pavilion made completely out of discarded timber window frames from industrial warehouses, a monument to the wanton destruction of Russia’s industrial heritage as well as a celebration of Russian tradition-the pavilion was designed for vodka drinking ceremonies. He has built another pavilion in the middle of a frozen lake with ice cubes, whilst his very first commission in 2002 was for a restaurant. Built on wooden stilts by a reservoir, the whole structure is tilted at an angle of 95° and infilled with wood and plastic. Brodsky’s architecture combines local and reused materials to produce buildings that are both traditional and modern, his sombre buildings acting as a reminder of the fragility of the city.”


(via Spatial Agency)

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