Architecture of the Theatre: Volume 2


The second volume on architecture in the latest of Fontanka/Ginzburg Design re-publications of seminal works on Soviet architecture in English. Barkhin’s Architecture of the Theatre is a fascinating survey of the theatre from a Soviet perspective

This book is not yet published, but will be available from January 2022.

ISBN: 9781906257408 Category:

Grigory Barkhin


The book follows on from Barkhin’s Architecture of the Theatre Volume 1, which offers an overview of theatre construction from ancient Greece, through the Renaissance to pre-revolution and Soviet Russia. Volume 2 describes in detail the designs for Soviet theatres that were prepared for competitions all over the country, some of which were implemented but many of which are little known. Projects by the Vesnin brothers, Barkhin himself (with his son Mikhail), Moisei Ginzburg, and other architects, are shown through the eyes of the architect-author, himself immersed in the task of re-designing and building theatres in the aftermath of the war.

Additional information

Weight 300 g
Dimensions 23 x 31 cm
Publisher name Fontanka
Publication date 25 January 2022
Number of pages 112
Format Paperback / softback
Dimensions 23 x 31 cm
Weight 300 g


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Grigory Barkhin (1880-1969) was born in Perm and trained as an architect at the Academy in St Petersburg. He designed residential and public buildings, as well as farms, villages and urban centres. But his overriding interest was in theatre architecture. Theatre projects included designs for Rostov-on-Don, Sverdlovsk and Minsk and in 1947 he published his authoritative work The Architecture of the Theatre. Before the war he worked on the General Plan for the Reconstruction of Moscow (1933-37) and after the war helped to formulate the design for the reconstruction of Sevastopol (1944-47).