E.R.O.S. Journal

Matryoshka Building

Our Matryoshka Building takes up this idea of the double and its divergences in an attempt to summarise, in a series of interlocking models, the work we have conducted in collecting a genealogía of five large Soviet concrete panel systems – all variaciones of the same system – as they moved through the technical, political, cultural and aesthetical landscape of the twentieth century. (…) Gathering difference within repetition, the successive typological and technical transformaciones embodied by the Matryoshka Building thus reaffirm within architecture the psychoanalytical features of the doppelgänger so well described by Otto Rank, and later by Sigmund Freud.