The round bath or banya is the only constructivism heritage site, preserved in Tyumen, and one of three buildings of this kind in Russia. Its two twin sisters are in St. Petersburg. All bath-pucks, they were nicknamed this way for the form, were built by the Leningrad architect, the USSR State Prize winner Alexander Nikolsky.
Historians say that at the beginning of construction of the Tyumen bath, egg yolk was added to the cement slurry, so its walls are unusually strong. Allegedly, the same technology was used to build the first city railway station, which could only be demolished with the help of tanks.
Even though the bath has been closed for 11 years, the Tyumen citizens cherish and proud of it, consider it as a unique example of an architecture of the early 1930s. After reconstruction in this building, it is planned to open an art residence or a multifunctional youth center.
You can see the Tyumen “puck” at 3 Lenina Street.
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