Preservation good news: Restoration works on the Shukhov Tower
by Vladimir Shukhov in Moscow, Russia, 1920-1922

Docomomo International and Docomomo Russia are glad to announce that the Committee on Cultural Heritage of Moscow decided to carry out a comprehensive restoration of the Shukhov Tower in Moscow in 2020.

Designed by the Russian engineer Vladimir Shukhov (1853-1939) and known after his name, the Shukhov Tower is a globally renowned broadcast transmission tower from the early 20th century that still remains an icon of Moscow, being one of the vertical dominants in the skyline of the city.

“Built as a broadcasting tower for radio, it was the site from which the first public radio and television signals were transmitted in Soviet Russia.
In 1967, the Shabolovka tower was made obsolete by the larger and better-equipped Ostankino tower, but it continued to serve a broadcasting function until 2002.”

Despite inappropriate works of restoration carried out in the 1970s and the subsequent damages by corrosion, it is undoubtedly a masterpiece of structural engineering and a representative example of the Russian architecture from the Modern Movement.

Its exceptional value comes from the innovative hyperboloid steel structure. The transparency and lightness of the structure evidence the prodigious skills of the Russian creators and represent their pioneering spirit and technical achievements.

“Today, the tower sits close to the center of a growing Moscow, and demand for land, coupled with its poor condition and lack of public access, have led to the looming threat of demolition. In 2014, architects, preservation groups, and members of the local community, rallied to protest against a plan to dismantle the tower and re-erect it at a new location.”

In 2015, the tower had to go under urgent interventions due to its critical state.

To know more about the tower visit World Monuments Fund’s page .

Read more in the TACC’s article . [Russian]