Originally Posted by olga
Great shots, great city! Thanks a lot for posting these, anm!
BTW, whta happened with Hotel Moskva
. Did they tear it down and rebuild it, as was said iirc, or just renovate?
1. my pleasure
2. There is a thread on SCC
about Hotel Moskva reconstruction. In short, the building has been completly taken apart and rebuilt (with more underground space). The front of it will retain the notorious asymmetry, the cladding will be a little different.
This is example of the new cladding, photo by Mr. MyXin
The most important change is the back of the building (facing Teatralnaja Square) - it will be restored according to one of original Schusev blueprints.
The back of Hotel Moskva before demolition
what you are seeing is an later add-on to the building, not part of Schusev design
the being restored original back facade
front facade before demolition, photo by sky777
front facade status in August 2007, photo by Bolik