Narkomfin, completed in 1932, was designed by Moisei Ginzburg and Ignaty Milinis for the People’s Commissariat of Finance and provided the inspiration for Le Corbusier’s residential housing designs known as “Unite d’Habitation.” The most famous, in Marseille, France, is credited with forming the entire basis of the Brutalist architectural philosophy and aesthetic. The building is hailed internationally as being of global significance and is a frequent site of pilgrimage for architectural historians worldwide. However, Narkomfin has been in a state of dilapidation for several decades.
It is considered an iconic Moscow landmark despite its condition and has been under continual watch by city experts, being located in a prime real estate area on Novinsky Boulevard in Moscow’s central district. But so far, there have been few steps to confront immediate concerns, despite acknowledgment.
Below: A small selection of images that illustrates Narkomfin´s decay – from yesterday´s masterpiece to tomorrow´s utopian sorrow. Click this link for a complete view on Narkomfin as it stands today.