What Makes Russia’s Beloved Buildings Look So Good
There is something very unique about the style of Russia’s greatest and most treasured buildings. From its most beloved cathedrals, universities and places of political importance, Russia seems to spare no expense in making sure these opulent structures are noticeable on the skyline. Now iconic parts of the country’s identity and culture these buildings some of which have been around for hundreds of years still impress and draw crowds eager to photograph them today. Taking a closer look what is it about these awe-inspiring feats of architecture that make them so alluring and so understandably Russian?
One thing you will notice as a frequent element is the sheer number of arches. Arches serve many aesthetic purposes firstly by simply showing off just how skilled your craftsmen were, as putting a perfect semi-circular piece into a resoundingly rectangular structure is no simple task. They have been used over many years as weight bearing tools, so more arches generally mean more building, a subtle indicator of scale. Arches imply not just skill but importance as many of the worlds places of worship have arches above both their windows and doors, they are a historical and significant addition to the structures here.
One of the most notable and memorable things here are the Onion domes which seem to be plentiful in Russia’s elite buildings. These oddly abstract but impressive spheres with pointed peaks sit atop many of the towers adding to their height and creating a wonderful silhouette. As the towers are narrow and these elements bulge out, it creates an unpredictability in the form that makes them look incredibly interesting. How the creators of these buildings managed to pull off such a physics defying move time and time again is on its own incredible.
Though the onions are clearly spherical, many of Russia’s buildings have very square bases. This gives the bottom half of their buildings a tough, bulky and quite masculine feel. As Russia has a culture of pride, power and confidence this very easily reflects the mindset of many of its people. With a solid and angular foundation even when implying some roundness, Russia insists on being a powerhouse even by just looking at it.
Another element that makes many of its famous places seem a little dangerous are the many narrow windows. Immedietly when people see these, they may think prison, which is something that Russia is infamous for – subconsciously implying that consequences can be dire. By making windows smaller the implied scale of each wall increases, making these mighty palaces and churches feel almost overwhelmingly huge.
As is the shapes, the space age adornments up top and the optical illusion of enormous mass didn’t give you the right impression, to finish things of Russia makes sure all its best exteriors very elaborate. From complex brickwork to metal additions of shining gold, the final touches on several of the buildings here really take things to the next level. Puzzling patterns, regal iconography and no less than pure art cover the exteriors here making for an unforgettable set of buildings.