Municipal housing developed as a response to the housing crisis in urban areas. They were presented by the authorities as a product of the “new collective vision of the future”. Usually lived between two and seven families in a common housing unit. Each family had its own space, often used as a living room, dining room and bedroom for the entire family. All residents of the entire apartment shared the corridor, the kitchen (also called communal kitchen), the bathroom and the telephone (if existing). The communal apartment became the predominant form of housing for generation of people in the USSR. Examples of communal housing still exist today in “the hippest central areas of major Russian cities”.