Workers' paradise

I work as an expert in the assessment of working conditions and I am well aware of the nature of workers' job duties.

By virtue of my professional and artistic interest, I wanted to figure out how and where a person could recover from work in the Soviet St. Petersburg.

This desire was motivated by the fact that there is one of the working residential areas within walking distance from my house. Personal emotional perception of this and similar places (impressions of walking through historical working-class neighborhoods, as well as analysis of documents as archival sources of facts) helped me create a new space called «Workers' Paradise».

I found out that the construction of workers' towns started in the beginning and in the middle of the 20th century. During this period, constructivist architects were challenged to enrich the city that possessed the most powerful charisma of classicism and modernism, with new colors and shapes without destroying its aesthetics. Residential areas began to appear near factories, and the architects tried to create an organic space for a person that would address all his needs: from transport accessibility and way of life to leisure.

One such project included: three houses for couples, two for single people, a nursery, a school, a canteen, a shop, a lecture hall, and a library. A prerequisite was the improvement of the courtyard territories, where a lot of greenery and air supposed to be.

The architects of that time created the city of the future, which represented the dream of a new society, but they did not suspect that this dream would remain a utopia.

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