First nine-story building in Norilsk built in 1970
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First nine-story building in Norilsk built in 1970

July 22, 2022

The Nansena street outskirts became the new main entrance to the city.

#ARCTIC. #SIBERIA. THIS IS TAIMYR. But this did not make it a full-fledged embankment, and the city executive committee ‘in connection with the new microdistricts’ construction’ assigned the street a new name Nansena in 1966.

Now only rare old-timers remember that the street changed its first houses’ numbering according to the year of construction at the same time with the renaming. So the first street’s residents had to register on it twice.

The Nansena street houses, in addition to their main residential function, carried another, no less important one. They became the city’s wind protection’s first frontier: there were formed courtyards protected from the winds by long diagonal facades.

Nansena street is the Norilsk western border, it implements the windproof building methods widely introduced by urban planners in that time.

Nansena street became a new main entrance to Norilsk from the airport Alykel and the Copper plant’s side, like Oktyabrskaya Square was the central entrance from the Old city’s side.

The architect Vitold Nepokoichitsky wrote:

“The front entrance’s idea is emphasized by two 12-story buildings’ verticals here just like on Oktyabrskaya square. Entrances to microdistricts are fixed by 9- and 12-story buildings of the same type. The high-rise buildings’ inclusion in a homogeneous five-story building provides the necessary variety and enriches the street silhouette”.

Therefore, the invocative slogan: “Norilsk people! Let’s make Norilsk a city of communist labor and life!” hung on the Nansena street five-story buildings’ pediments as on the Oktyabrskaya square houses.

In the History spot photo project previous publication we told about the port Dudinka.

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Text: Svetlana Ferapontova, Photo: Nornickel Polar Division archive

July 22, 2022

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