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Paper Edifices from Soviet Era
15 May, 2017
Polish studio Zupagrafika is selling amazing paper cut-out models celebrating modern architecture.

David Navarro and Martyna Sobecka are the two creative minds behind the Polish studio Zupagrafika. This company concentrates of high-quality posters, art and illustration connected with architecture. Apart from doing gigs for various clients, these guys are also selling a set of unusual projects, which present a huge interest for artists.

Zupagrafika has on sale a number of illustrated paper cut-out models, representing various modernist buildings in Poland, London, Russia. Mostly these guys are inspired by the brutal architecture of the former Soviet Block. These packs cost about 6-10 euros and they present a great opportunity to study the peculiar and strange buildings of that period. Here are some examples.

Brutal East

Brutal East” allows you to playfully explore and reconstruct some of the most controversial brutalist edifices erected behind the Iron Curtain between 1960-1980s.

Brutal London 

A collection of illustrated paper cut-out models representing brutalist architecture of London from 1960s-1970s. The series features various buildings scattered around the districts of Camden, Southwark and Tower Hamlet. The `raw concrete` London tour begins with iconic tower blocks (Balfron Tower, Barbican, Space House), leads through council estates doomed to premature demolition (Robin Hood Gardens and Aylesbury Estate) and concludes with a classic prefab panel block (Ledbury Estate).

Paris Brut

A collection of illustrated paper models portraying brutalist architecture of Paris from late 1950s-1970s. The series features buildings scattered around the City of Paris` arrondissements, as well as the infamous suburbian “banlieues”. It also includes a free recreation of Le Corbusier`s 1925 Plan Voisin –  seminal solution for the centre of Paris. The `béton brut` Paris tour starts with a concrete slab of Cité des 4000, leads through the round towers of Les Choux de Créteil, Cité Curial- largest estate of Paris, Orgues de Flandre high-rise towers, and concludes with a classic example of post-war brutalism Centre National de la Danse.

Eastern Block


A collection of illustrated paper cut-out models representing various modernist buildings in Warsaw, Poland. The series is made up of iconic examples of functional architecture (Rotunda PKO), some less classic buildings, however, familiar to the city dwellers (Za Żelazną Bramą, Smolna 8, Mokotów), as well as “Wielka Płyta” prefab bloks from the outskirts (Tarchomin). Printed on recycled paper, including a short technical note on building`s architects, year of construction and exact location

You can check the official shop for more information and prices. Considering how great these things look, it would be an awesome present for any 3d artist, who likes architecture.

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