Khrushchovka apartments: the French dream that became a Soviet reality; Vera Melnychuk; EuroMaidanPress


France – Le Havre, the City Rebuilt by Auguste Perret
The apartment complexes known as Khrushchovkas, built in the mid-fifties when Khrushchev was in power, are one of the most common types of construction from the Soviet era and can be spotted in any post-Soviet town. The fact that they were originally designed to last 20-25 years is frequently ignored by the residents of the apartments.The Ukrainian outlet Ukrayinska Pravda delved into the history of their design and its special features, and the most current renovation trends for this type of housing.

When Nikita Khrushchev, the ruler of the USSR in the 1950’s visited France, he had no idea that the visit would trigger the largest social construction era in the USSR. But that’s exactly what happened.

According to one version of the story, the French showed off new block residences in which post World War II immigrants settled.

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