The Monster, Kaliningrad, 2009-2012, Kate Nolan

The ‘Monster’ as the locals call it, or the House of Soviets, was built on the site of the Konigsberg Castle bombed in 45′ then later completely flattened. Construction began in the sixties to house all officials from the region but apparently they couldn’t agree so the skeleton of the building was left in the centre of the city. Only in 2005 when Putin was visiting did they replace all windows in the 22 story building and paint it light blue for a small fortune. The interior is half built with many holes in the floors, empty elevator shafts, and lighting only on the ground floor. For 100 roubles you can bribe the security guard to climb the never ending stairs to get the best view of the city.’