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'Contrary to the 1920s and 1950s, no “school” or main trend emerges here. These buildings represent a chaotic impulse brought about by a decaying system. Their diversity announced the end of the Soviet Union...This puzzle of styles testifies to all the ideological dreams of the period, from the obsession with the cosmos to the rebirth of identity. It also outlines the geography of the USSR, showing how local influences made their exotic twists before the country was brought to its end.'
Singer building - St Petersburg, Russia. Built in the late 19th Century by the American Singer Sewing Machine Company, this building was put to official use by the Soviet Government after the Revolution. Fortunately the building has survived almost totally intact as it is a masterpiece of Art Nouveau commercial architecture.