No, these decaying futuristic buildings aren’t from a galaxy far, far away. They are cultural remnants of the Space Race and can be found throughout the former Soviet Union. Frédéric Chaubin’s book Cosmic Communist Constructions Photographed features 90 examples of this otherworldly architecture. Marvel at the celestial buildings while you prepare for Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
“It was a UFO-type building, a Milky Way–hailing beacon of blocks that seemed grossly out of place in the center of the Black Sea resort town,” Vogue writer Liana Satenstein recounts of her own travels in Alushta, Crimea. “The concrete disk was like a product of an intergalactic emergency landing, ripped from a space-age blockbuster—a mini monstrosity akin to a bootleg version of Cloud City from Star Wars: Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back.”
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