The story of the legendary Soviet fence "Rhombuses"

It will be difficult to find in the territory of the former Soviet Union a person who would not see the fence with the "squares" depicted in the photograph. But did you have to think about where this fence came from, who its creator was, and how the fate of this person came about. The developer of the legendary fence is a personality well known in Russian architectural history.

The story of the legendary Soviet fence "Rhombuses"

 
The creator of the fence with "squares" or "rhombuses" is the Soviet civil engineer Boris Lahman, who worked for almost 18 years at Mosgosstroymaterialy. In 1971, an order came to develop a new concrete fence.

The story of the legendary Soviet fence "Rhombuses"

Lahman proposed three fence designs, among which was a fence well known to all compatriots. It is noteworthy that the project chosen by the commission for implementation was the simplest. For the created fence, the master received the VDNH medal and a prize of 50 rubles.
 
The story of the legendary Soviet fence "Rhombuses"

The fence received the official name "Plate fence PO-2." Production began in 1974 in Moscow. The fence was used primarily for fencing various dangerous and unsightly places, factory territories, places for repair work and construction sites. The main advantage of PO-2 (in addition to low price and ease of production) was that the fence created a sound barrier. The characteristic convex rectangles or “rhombuses” were also made by the architect for a reason. They are needed to make the fence less dirty and easier to clean.
 
The story of the legendary Soviet fence "Rhombuses"

In 1981, Boris Lahman left the Soviet Union and emigrated to the United States of America. There, after some time, he again went to study as an architect.
 
The story of the legendary Soviet fence "Rhombuses"

Already in the 1990s, it became known that Lahman opened his own company and began to design buildings to order of private individuals.

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