Severely demaged by fire: INION Building
by Yakov Belopolsky, Moscow, Russia, 1964-1967
The INION (Institute of Scientific Information on Social Sciences) Library building in Moscow, built between 1964 and 1967, was severely damaged by fire on January 30th, 2015. The building is one of the masterpieces of post – war Soviet Modernism and houses one of the most important library collections in the country, including documents dating back to 16th Century as well as UN and UNESCO libraries.
docomomo International would like to express its fully support to the efforts being carried on by our colleagues of docomomo Russia, as well as a large group of architects and experts, with the intention of defending the full restoration of the building, according to scientific principles and its original design.
Ana Tostoes, Chair of docomomo International, addressed a letter to Mr. Vladimir Putin, President of Russia, calling to the attention of Russian authorities to the urgent necessity of taking further steps in the safeguarding and restoration of this heritage (see attach).
A petition addressed to the Prime Minister to urgently restore the building can be signed here.