Soviet Metro Stations - Christopher Herwig & Owen Hatherley
Christopher Herwig has a passion for Soviet transportation systems and their architecture, which is a very good thing for the rest of us. Following on from his popular and singular 'Soviet Bus Stops' books, his new title dives underground to bring us the stations of each Metro network of the former USSR and uncovers a rich vernacular which puts our own subterranean stations to shame.
Inside familiar Soviet iconography sits beside opulent tilework, ornate marbling and brutal concrete. Often these otherworldly spaces feel like unused Kubrick sets, H.R. Giger sketches brought to life, or flickerings from the fever dreams of Ridley Scott. Oh and Soviet cyrillics, sculpted and formed in steel, gold and marble, they rule.
All this and an introduction by leading architecture, politics and culture author and journalist Owen Hatherley. Fuel you are spoiling us.