Tuesday, 13 May 2014


Behind the Iron Gate in Warsaw is arguably one of the most controversial examples of social realist architecture in Poland. The estate, which comprises nineteen 15-storey blocks, is located in the centre of Warsaw, yet its tiny apartments with low ceilings have been accused of being badly-designed and inhumane.

What really strikes me about the blocks however, is the amount of greenery both in-between the blocks and inside the building. It seems that the multitude of potted plants is the tenants's great attempt to bring a bit of friendliness and life to the otherwise completely anonymous corridors.

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