But when in 1951 the question arose of building a large five-story house with a built-in department store on Gvardeiskaya square, it turned out that there the permafrost layer above the rock fluctuates at a depth of 6 to 32 meters.
In order not to dig such a deep pit, the builders had to believe the permafrost specialists, who claimed that permafrost, subject to the necessary conditions, can be a reliable foundation.
So the department store Talnah became the first multi-storey building in Norilsk, whose foundation – not yet piled, but columnar – rests on permafrost. It is only six meters deep.
In the History Spot’s previous publication, we told that Norilsk women were not supposed to cook at home: they were offered to buy dinner in cookeries and snack bars.
Text: Svetlana Ferapontova, Photo: Nornickel Polar Branch archive