Shukhov Tower in Danger

By DOCOMOMO Belgium / April, 5, 2014 / 0 comments

The Shukhov Tower on Shabolovka Street in Moscow made its first radio broadcast on March 19, 1922 and its first television broadcast on March 10, 1939. The first and largest of Vladimir Shukhov‘s hyperboloid towers, it is recognized as an engineering marvel and a masterpiece of constructivist architecture. In its 92 years of existence, it has come to be a symbol of progress, industrialization, and mass communication. With threats of dismantlement coming in just the last eight weeks, the Russian and international community have rallied behind its preservation.

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The petition against the dismantling of the tower currently has nearly 10,000 signatures. You can add your name to the petition here.

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Shukhov Radio and Television TowerVladimir Shukhov, Moscow, Russia, 1922

Shukhov Radio and Television Tower
Vladimir Shukhov, Moscow, Russia, 1922

DOCOMOMO International Chair, professor Ana Tostões, addressed letter to President Vladimir Putin, concerning the Shukhov Tower´s threat of destruction:

Barcelona, March 2014
President Vladimir Putin

Dear Mr. President, 

I wish to draw your attention to the perilous situation that is going on around the conservation of the remarkable Shukov Tower.

According to recent correspondences with Docomomo Russia, and the information gathered among all international forums with expression worldwide media, DO.CO.MO.MO. (the international committee for the documentation and conservation of buildings, sites and neighborhoods of the modern movement) painfully realizes that the Shukov Tower is under threat of destruction.

The Shukov Tower is a unique project and a masterpiece. The Shukov Tower has a very special place in the world as it represents the modernity of the exceptional technical and architectural Russian achievements. It is indeed a symbol of progress and innovation recognized all over the world.

DO.CO.MO.MO. International is aware of the concern that the present situation has produced in architectural and conservation circles worldwide. We fully support our colleagues from Docomomo Russia in their efforts to save the Shukov Tower.

Dear Mr. President, I wish to say as DO.CO.MO.MO. International Chair that the Shukov Tower is an irreplaceable masterpiece and we all know that the coming generations will enjoy sharing this unique legacy from the skilled Russian creators.

Yours sincerely,

Ana Tostoes
Chair, Docomomo International

Docomomo International strongly advices the addressment of letters to the President Vladimir Putin, trying to avoid the Shukhov Tower destruction.
Letter by E-mail:

Open letter from famous representatives of world community against the dismantling of the Shukhov Tower:

Letter from all Russian famous architects:

The Shuchov Tower on the news:

Dezeen  – 0888NF Miscellaneous
“Tadao Ando, Rem Koolhaas and Kengo Kuma Join Fight to Save Shukhov’s Moscow Tower”

Building Design – 0888NF Miscellaneous
“Architects urge Putin to save Moscow´s Shukhov Tower”

New York Times – 0888 Miscellaneous
“An Engineering Landmark Faces Demolition”

The Guardian – 0888NF Miscellaneous
“Architects unite in campaign to save Russia´s Eiffel Tower”

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