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Constructivist, Concrete, Round, Forgotten Masterpieces

Project timeline

1981 – 1985



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12-a Alupkinske Way
98656 Yalta

Current state


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Hotel Friendship

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Article last edited by Maria Thuroczy on
March 28th, 2014

Druzhba Sanatorium Change this

Yalta, Ukraine
by Igor Vasilevsky Change this
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It looks like a huge planetary gearset from the sky but when it was built in 1985 Turkish spies thought it was another dangerous military object built to support the Cold War effort. Druzhba was designed by a Russian architect, Igor Vasilievsky with the help of Nodar Kancheli. Kancheli is more of a mathematician than a building engineer and that’s why he’s come up with some really amazing structures.

The structure of Druzhba was a challenge. After a careful ground inspection three huge concrete towers were planted in the shoreline. This part of the world has a very solid cliff on the shoreline, so the building is actually very safe.

Two enormous concrete cylinders (76 metres in diameter) were then seated on ledges protruding from the towers. The upper two floors laid out in three additional roundhouses are sitting on top of the upper cylinder. So in effect the whole 6-storey mammoth is propped by only three ledges.

With Druzhba, however, the towers aren’t there for support only – they are hollow with lifts and a stair-case inside each. What this achieves is a very convenient access to the rooms.


looks like it just landed there
or it's about to take-off ;)
This is a great building. I saw it in the recent published Taschen book. I guess it was a sanatory before in the CCCP period. Does anyone know if the building still exists? If yes - what is the function today? A hotel?
Hey there! It's a hotel.
Yes, it's still there - in full effect! I stayed there some summers ago. It's REALLY worth a visit.
Yes, it's still there - in full effect! I stayed there some summers ago. It's REALLY worth a visit.