Moscow Palace of Pioneers

Creative center for kids and teenagers as an architectural manifestation of Soviet utopia.

Moscow Palace of Pioneers, designed by Viktor Egerev, Vladimir Kubasov, Felix Novikov, Igor Pokrovskiy, Boris Paluy and Mikhail Khazhakyan, 1958-1962.

Standing in the middle of the park, the buildings of the Moscow Palace of Pioneers easily fit in with the natural environment: its straight lines are in harmony with the intersecting pathways of the green square, while glassy walls reflect the surrounding trees. Decorative panels on the facades tell stories of youth and a bright communist future, while intricate interior design favors detached abstraction and symbolism. Together they convey common meaning: the complex , built in the blossoming days of the Khrushchev Thaw, is a monument to the romantic ideals of the 1960s and one of the most Soviet modernist architectural projects.  

Designed as a huge creative center for the first post-World War II generation, the Moscow Palace of Pioneers still houses several music and theater auditoriums, swimming pools, an interior garden, observatory and exhibition hall. There young Moscow hopefuls could hone their performance, intellectual and physical skills – striving for the Soviet ideal of a complete and well-rounded human being. Today, two decades after collapse of the USSR, the palace is still operational, gradually becoming a living memory of humanist ideals.