The House of Utopia

The educational project «Moscow Through the Engineer’s Eyes» launches tours to the famous House of Narkomfin. It is a world-famous piece of the Soviet avant-garde architecture, intended to teach Soviet citizens how to live in a socialist utopia. You will see famous cell type F and visit the roof of the building with a great view on Moscow skyscrapers.

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House of Narkomfin

Background: At the end of the 1920s, Soviet architects were working hard to organize a new socialist housing lifestyle. One of the leaders of constructivism architecture, Moisei Ginzburg, invented this transitional housing type with its innovative living cells. Ginzburg was able to save on cost without sacrificing space.

In these very compact two-level cells there is minimal living space; however, a person could define his or her own private area. The house had well-developed infrastructure, complete with a canteen, gym, and club. It was supposed to be transitional, from individual housing to communal houses.

House of Narkomfin

Narkomfin’s building architecture and layout, and its rich history has made it famous worldwide! On our «House of Utopia: a journey into the House of Narkomfin» tour you will:

  • Learn more about Soviet avant-garde and constructivism architecture;
  • Understand the history of Soviet communal houses and transitional houses;
  • Examine one of the greatest inventions of Soviet avant-garde architecture — economic twwo-level living cell F;
  • Learn about the present status of the house and plans for its reconstruction


House of Narkomfin

Check how the tour happens — see pictures here

When: look at the schedule below
Where: At the entrance to the House of Narkomfin (Novinskiy bld. 25 s1) next to bike parking.
Duration: 2 hours
Language: English.
For tour in Russian click here


  • 1500 rubles
  • Advance ticket purchase required!

We also offer Moisei Ginzburg Architectural Works posters for sale (70×100 cm, see how it looks). The poster depicts the most famous projects of this outstanding architect of the Soviet avant-garde. Price — 300 rubles.

You can purchase the poster after the tour from our guides. To buy a poster without attending a tour, please call us at +7 (499) 322 23 25.

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