MOISEI GINZBURG “ARCHITECTURE OF THE NKTP SANATORIUM IN KISLOVODSK”
Publisher: Ginzburg Architects
Publish date: 2019. Facsimile reproduction of the Russian language original, published in 1940
Hardcover: 88 pages
Dimensions: 28,7 х 21,7 cm
The NKTP (People’s Commissariat for Heavy Industry) Sanatorium was commissioned in 1934 by Grigory Ordzhonikidze, one of Stalin’s closest allies and head of the Commissariat for Heavy Industry (he committed suicide after falling out with Stalin in 1937, the year of the sanatorium’s completion). Despite the prevailing ideology that sought to outlaw modernism in favor of Stalinist neoclassicism, architect Moisei Ginzburg, with a team that included Ivan Leonidov, Evgeny Popov, and Nikolai Paliudov, succeeded in creating an architectural ensemble that essentially retained its modernist integrity – and today remains a masterpiece of 1930s modernism – while making only minor concessions to the new Stalinist orthodoxy. In the early Soviet period, Kislovodsk in the northern Caucasus became known as a center for health spas and sanatoria – ‘palaces of health for the workers’. Ginzburg’s sanatorium still functions as a therapy center and retains many of its original features, including windows, light fixtures, some of the furniture, etc. This publication of the original book documenting its creation is an important addition to the Ginzburg canon.