Moscow: Vsesoiuznaia Akademiia Arkhitektury, 1938. Item #853
256 pp.: ill. 25x18 cm. In original blue cloth with colored lettering on front cover and spine. Near fine.
First and only edition. One of 5000 copies. Rare.
This is richly illustrated guide written by the major Soviet specialist in the sports architecture, Sergei Zverintsev. His 1930s works were the only Soviet practical directories on this issue.
During the first 20 years of the Soviet rule, the country had built 350 stadiums, 700 sports areas, 250 ski stations and 100 palaces of physical culture. Due to its utility, this type of architecture is the most often reconstructed and this book is valuable source caught how stadiums looked like in the 1930s. Admiring sports and healthy lifestyle, the USSR planned to continue increasing these numbers. In this book the author compared the ancient, foreign and Soviet experience in construction, explaining features of stadiums, swimming pools, velodromes and water sports complex. He also advised how to organize the areas of military education, including parachute tower, shooting range and obstacle course for passing GTO tests. Each chapter contains schemes and photographs of existed buildings as well as calculations and tables with required data.
Editor of this book was a well-known architect Nikolai Kolli (1894-1966) who submitted project of Izmailovo Central Stadium in 1933. That was the first Soviet architectural solution reflected ancient Greek palaestra and was built later.
Worldcat shows copies located in Columbia University, New York University and Harvard University.