103 pp. booklet regarding the new Soviet workers' clubs. which callls for a unifying architectural style to be used for the clubs. Praises young constructivist architects involved in their designs, and analyzes all facets of the club's architecture and design including plan, building materials, interior design, and comfort level of furnishings. Illustrated throughout with plans, photographs, and drawings. Some damp-staining to upper half, several scattered minor stains. 8vo. Original illustrated wrpps. with cover design by Konstantin Mel'nikov, minor soiling, small tear at base of spine. Moscow (Teakinopechat') 1930.
Workers' clubs were intended to provide Soviet workers and their families with rest, recreation, education and relaxation, as well as opportunities to better themselves through exposure to Soviet values and culture. Throughout the 1920s and 1930s, these clubs were created by a variety of Soviet architects, and often serve as examples of early Soviet attempts to harbor a truly authentic proletarian culture. At the forefront of the constructivist design of these clubs was Konstantin Mel'nikov, the architect of the Soviet pavilion at the 1925 International Exposition of the Decorative Arts in Paris, which itself took the form of a workers' club. Between 1927 and 1929, Mel'nikov carried out commissions from trade unions for seven such clubs, which stand among the finest examples of Soviet modernist architecture. As of December 2018, WorldCat locates four holdings in North American institutions. Book ID: 48981