Bayterek Tower, Astana, 2012
Grand Park Towers, Moscow, 2009
Both surreal and eccentric, Imperial Pomp is German photographer Frank Herfort’s catalogue of gargantuan architecture scattered across Russia and former Soviet Republics. After the collapse of USSR, countless high-rises began looming in unnaturally colorful and exotic shapes on the horizon. Their futuristic lines and colossal size tower with a godlike omnipresence over the surrounding landscape, dwarfing desolate buildings and local residents. Using architectural clues to examine the post-Soviet mindset, Imperial Pomp offers a contrast of fallen empires and burgeoning ambition in the new world of Russia and beyond.
Herfort’s photo book, Imperial Pomp – Post Soviet High-Rise, is available through Kerber Publishing.
Overtime Restaurant and Sports Complex, Chabarovsk, 2012
Ministry Buildings, Astana, 2012
GazOil Plaza, Tyumen, 2011
Zeppelin, Moscow, 2012
Chess Centre, Chanty Mansiysk, 2012
Kuntsevo Living Complex, Moscow, 2010
National Library Belarus, Minsk, 2011
Living House Complex, Moscow, 2010
Khan Shatyr Mall, Astana, 2012
Kazakhstan Concert Hall, Astana, 2012
Lazurny Kvartal, Astana, 2012
Legion – III Centre, Moscow, 2010