blokoshka modernist architectural matryoshka blocks by zupagrafika blokoshka modernist architectural matryoshka blocks by zupagrafika
mar 02, 2016

blokoshka modernist architectural matryoshka blocks by zupagrafika

blokoshka modernist architectural matryoshka blocks by zupagrafika
all images courtesy of zupagrafika

 

 

 

in the devastation following world war II european cities were left in dire of housing. this was undertaken as quickly as possible, and with resources little-to-none, as cheaply and efficiently as well. spanning from the 40’s to the 80’s, these ‘house factories’ shaped the landscape and lives of those in the post-war urban environment.

blokoshka modernist architectural matryoshka zupagrafika
fold-out and instruction panel

 

 

 

thanks in part to prefabrication technology entire districts could be built quickly from scratch. these areas became tangible representations of modernist ideals such as open spaces, minimalist design, and social egalitarianism. polish studio zupagrafika, led by david navarro and martyna sobecka, pay homage to the modernist structures of the time with ‘blokoshka’ nesting blocks.

 


video courtesy of zupagrafika studio

 

 

 

composed of four pre-cut and pre-folded blocks made of recycled cardboard, the architectural matryoshka can be assembled without glue or scissors, and fit perfectly within one another. structures included are the ‘sleeping districts’ of moscow, plattenbau constructions of east berlin, warsaw estates built over the ruins of the old ghetto, and the panelak blocks of prague

blokoshka modernist architectural matryoshka zupagrafika
the set includes four distinct buildings from the post-war era 


‘blokoshka’

blokoshka modernist architectural matryoshka zupagrafika
fold detail 

 


video courtesy of zupagrafika studio


nesting 

blokoshka modernist architectural matryoshka zupagrafika
the structures are printed on recycled cardboard


smallest nesting block 

blokoshka modernist architectural matryoshka zupagrafika
the four piece set was designed by polish studio zupagrafika 


building detail 

blokoshka modernist architectural matryoshka zupagrafika
‘blokoshka’ by zupagrafika

project poster

blokoshka-500
click above to see ‘blokoshka’ on the designboomshop!

 

 

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