Armenian modernism is best exemplified by several well-known modernist-expressionist buildings, such as the Sports Complex, ‘Rossia’ cinema, ‘Zvartnots’ airport, etc. Yet modernist-expressionist buildings in the history of Armenian modernist architecture are few. This can be explained by its relatively high cost and the need of complex engineering and technical-technological knowhow, scarce during the 1960s-1990s.
The modernist-expressionist style within the Armenian context can be defined as an architecture shaped by a relatively complex engineering program, aimed at the ‘wow-effect’. Architectural forms were generated from abstract geometric or biomorphic concepts, which produced an expressive architectural language and aimed to evoke a certain emotional reaction in the onlooker.