In Model City Pyongyang, published by Thames & Hudson, Cristiano Bianchi and Kristina Drapic offer the reader an immersion in the heart of the capital of North Korea, to discover its “socialist architecture” and its “grand visions”. Through its buildings, the two Italian architects based in Beijing reveal a city with a strange atmosphere and beauty, between its concrete, its pastel tones, its axes and its symmetry.

On a series of degraded pink skies, the book envisages Pyongyang as a “model city”, built to support a new societal model. The architects immortalized the original character of the city – which had been completely rebuilt after the Korean War – before a “massive renovation program” started in 2012 changed its atmosphere.

Images : © 2019 Cristiano Bianchi

Monument to Party Founding, Axis 1

Electronics Industry Hall

Badminton Hall

Sungri Street “social condensers”

Central Youth Hall

Pyongyang Ice Ring, Chollima Street

Changgwang Health Complex

May Day Stadium, Rungra Island

Mangyongdae Children’s Palace

Mirae Scientists Street