House of the Soviets

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In the 1960s, the First Secretary of the Kaliningrad Regional Committee of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union (Kaliningrad Obkom), Nikolay Konovalov, came out with a proposal to "perpetuate the power of the Soviets on the King's Mountain." This concept was embodied in a project designed by modernist architect Yuri Motorin. The construction of the House of the Soviets (Dom Sovetov) for the city administration began in 1970. According to the construction plan, the South Tower (in front of the Pregolya River) was supposed to house the Regional Committee of the Communist Party, while the Executive Committee had to occupy the North Tower. The architectural detail of the project was so exact that each official knew the location of his future office, with some of them even requesting individual interior design. Metal structures for the building were provided by Belarus, the veneer was delivered from Finland, and Moscow Region supplied the project with aluminium and wood. Numerous young specialists and graduates of architecture institutes from all over the country gained priceless experience during the construction. All the key segments of the building are corrosion-resistant: it really was built to last. By 1991 the construction process was 95% complete: the heating, water supply and sewerage systems were fully functioning, and the building had 8 high-speed elevators. The interior design in the North Tower was done and dusted, and all that remained in the South Tower was to finish decorating the floors.

However, the Soviet Union fell into oblivion and the newly-built Dom Sovetov turned out to be a waste of effort. Today it is merely a monument to Soviet architecture. For the city anniversary the facade of the building was renovated, but it still stands empty.