Alexei Dushkin – (1903-1977)
One of the principal architects in Soviet-era Moscow, he left a particularly bright footprint in the Moscow metro’s architecture
. He designed landmark stations like Mayakovskaya
(1938), The Palace of the Soviets
(now called Kropotkinskaya, 1935), Revolution Square
(1938), and Novoslobodskaya
Specialists note that Dushkin managed to do what many could not do in the metro – create a feeling of flight, that the viewer was not underground, but above the Earth’s surface. The “Sky” series of mosaics in Mayakovskaya Station
, the stained-glass windows in Novoslobodsksya Station, and the pillars that look like candlesticks in Kropotkinskaya Station all show how Dushkin used many creative techniques to work in harsh, underground spaces. The stations he designed are the best that the metro has to offer.
He also created one of 7 Stalin’s skyscrapers
– the one above Krasnie Vorota Station.