The Puzzle of Königsberg

m46Königsberg’s Berliner Schloss, 1945, shortly after the Red Army took the city from the Germans.


Few images remain of decimated Königsberg (Berliner Schloss, in fact, stayed up until the late sixties), but I was recently intrigued to discover* that Arsenij V Maksimov, the Soviet’s first town planner in the city later renamed Kaliningrad, spent his leisure time painting watercolours of Königsberg, including remnants of the the castle ruins.


In the castle’s stead, from 1970 onwards, construction began on this infamous building, the House of Soviets:



*Thanks to Slovenian artist & architect Marjetica Potrč, part of whose work ‘The Puzzle of Königsberg‘ I saw on display at Melbourne’s NGV.




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