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Russian summer cottage

Russian summer cottage

The history of the Russian summer cottage is the history of the Russian and then Soviet society, the history of everyday life, customs and traditions. In 1949, the Council of Ministers of the USSR made a decision to provide land plots to workers and office employees in order to combat the post-war hunger. This initiative gave impetus to the development of mass gardening and horticulture. These were the very famous "six acres". Only under the Brezhnev’s government the horticultural associations received the official permission to build "summer garden houses", and the summer cottage construction became widespread throughout the Soviet Union. The summer houses were usually built without involvement of any architects; there was no opportunity to study examples of world architecture. These constructions led to a unique wooden architecture direction formed by the Soviet citizen's own ideas of beauty and cultural traditions. I hope, this series will show a unique charm of these small houses and also will demonstrate these utilitarian structures as beautiful works of art.