Hotel Uzbekistan, Tashkent, Uzbekistan, September 2022
This classic example of the Soviet 1970s modernist architectural style was built after the destruction of many buildings in Tashkent by the 1966 earthquake. It became the top hotel in Tashkent, hosting all VIP visitors to the city. It has changed little, internally or externally, though it does now have a lot of competition for customers.
You may be wondering why I chose this for World Architecture Day, and it’s a bit of a contorted story. I had nearly forgotten that the first Monday of October celebrates architecture, and it was an article featuring London’s National Theatre that reminded me. That piece featured the Olivier Theatre which opened in October 1976 with a performance of Tamburlaine the Great, by Christopher Marlowe. This brought to mind this Soviet classic which stands close to a large statue of Tamburlaine (aka Tamur, Temir, …) – you can see a shot of them both here.
Copyright Debbie Smyth, 10 October 2022