Melnikov House: Falling Apart


The World Monuments Fund released its 100 Most Endangered Sites annual list earlier this year, and Melnikov's House and Studio in Moscow was on the list. Metropolis published a short piece on it, and it regularly appears in architecture surveys of "what's happening in Moscow now". The New York Times continues the story with a lot of he-said-she-said, complete with dramatic grandchildren and heir infighting. All the while, the building is collapsing:

In the room where Viktor Melnikov slept, Mr. Sarkisyan pointed to a four-foot chunk of plaster that had fallen from the ceiling, revealing the building’s waffle-like construction. The frame of the main window, he said, has ruptured under the weight of the glass, and could easily collapse, “which would be disastrous,” he said.

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