Armen Konstantinovich Barutchev ( born 1904 in St. Petersburg - died 1976 in Shucha) was part of the ASNOVA ( later ARU) from 1930-31. ASNOVA (Russian: АСНОВА; abbreviation for Ассоциация новых архитекторов, "Association of New Architects") was an Avant-Garde architectural association in the Soviet Union, which was active in the 1920s and early 1930s, commonly called 'the Rationalists'. The group received a boost when El Lissitzky became a proponent in the mid-20s, designing the one issue of the journal ASNOVA News in 1926. In addition Konstantin Melnikov, then as now the most famous Soviet Modernist architect, was a member of the group.
Armen Konstantinovich Barutchev, architect, graphic artist, teacher, Honorary architect of the Russian Soviet Federation of Soviet Republics, graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts (1927).
The name of Barutchev is associated with the construction of the structures of the new type and communal kitchens. In 1928-31, communal kitchens were built by Barutchev's designs in the spirit of constructivism (team of planners including I.A. Gilter, I.A. Meerzon, Y.O. Rubanchik, engineer A.G. Dzhorogov) on 119а Obukhovskoy Oborony Avenue, 45 Bolshoy Sampsonievsky Avenue, 9/3 Stachek Square, 68 Bolshoy Avenue of Vasilievsky Island. He was the author of the project of Lenenergo Administration (14 Bolshoy Sampsonievsky Avenue; 1931-33). After the war, Barutchev directed the residential development of Vyborgskaya Side and Srednyaya Okhta; he designed buildings near Udelnaya station, the building on 7-9 Lebedeva Street, in the spirit of Postwar Classicism. He extended Botkinskaya Street up to Finland Railway Station. In the 1970s, he was in charge of the works on the reconstruction of Kalinina Square, and Krasnogvardeiskaya Square. From 1945, he taught and ran his own studio at the Academy of Fine Arts, and worked as an architectural analyst.
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