Kudrinskaya Square Building

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The 156-metre (512-feet) tall tower at Kudrinskaya Ploschad (Kudrinskaya Square), built in 1954, was conceived as a housing block, and remains one to this day. The building was designed by famous Soviet architects Mikhail Posokhin (the Kremlin Palace of Congresses, Prospekt Kalinina (Kalinin Avenue) (presently New Arbat), and the Olympic National Sports Complex) and Ashot Mndoyants. Soviet officials and test pilots were among the people who moved into the 450 plus apartments in this building. The building at Kudrinskaya Ploschad is one of the finest of the seven. It has more bas-reliefs and sculptures on its facade than any other Stalin's tower. The entrance and floor lobbies are decorated with beautiful chandeliers and mirrors. The building was designed with the option to seal every floor completely from unauthorized entry. So make sure you have friends inside before you go on a tour. The Moscow Zoo is right next door. When plastic windows were not available, residents were often disturbed by the noises of the animals that woke up early.