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03-15-2008 07:06 PM

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Wooden skyscraper

This may be of interest or inspirational? It is a wooden multi-storeyed building in Arkhangelsk, Russia All the other surrounding houses are , in the main, two- or three storeys but this one stands around 125 ft high (38 metres).

There is no elevator, of course, and access to the top of is by carved wooden stairs.

The building can be seen from all over the city. The city authorities claim that the building spoils the view and demand to reduce it by 10 storeys, but he refuses.

Originally, the plans for this house in Archangelsk were meant to be for a 2-floor design, but the builder Nikolai Sutyagin defied the planning authorities.

skyscraper wooden

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#1 posted 03-15-2008 08:05 PM

Egads. I can’t imagine it’s a particularly safe building. It don’t look so very stable.

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#2 posted 03-15-2008 08:27 PM

Kind of reminds me of Sarah Winchester:

This has to be one of the most amazing houses in the world.

If you are ever near it take the tour. It’s fantastic.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#3 posted 03-15-2008 08:33 PM

There are many objects in Russia don`t look stable.And you can`t imagine how they were made,what for and how they would work.
But they exist and stable,and work.National paradox….

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#4 posted 03-15-2008 09:22 PM

I think the building inspector may need to be bribed for this one to pass code.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#5 posted 03-15-2008 10:11 PM

Yikes. For someone who starts to quiver on the third rung of a ladder this ain’t my cup of tea.

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#6 posted 03-15-2008 11:18 PM

First: I want that hat!

Second: I really can’t believe that this building is structurally sound. Even the reporter commented that she was terrified to be there.

Third: It would make a bonfire you should be able to see from London! Wow!

Thanks for this article Stewart. We have a strange oddity not too far from here in Georgetown, NY. It’s called “The Spirit House” and was built with no corners. Story goes that the builder was instructed by the spirits on how to build this house! The roof is pitched to the middle where the one and only drain is. And the locals say that now and then there are strange lights eminating from within! Here’s a link.

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#7 posted 03-16-2008 12:00 AM

i cant think of any codes it meets here in fla. ! maybe its really a birdhouse and hes trying to out do john ! lol

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#8 posted 03-16-2008 12:07 AM

Looks like something out of a Harry Potter movie. Scary to think of being in that “house.”

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#9 posted 03-16-2008 12:06 PM

I take it there are not many building inspectors in Russia. Very interesting.

If any of you ever have an opportunity to see the Winchester house in CA. that Gary is talking about, be sure and go.


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#10 posted 03-16-2008 11:38 PM

wow thats amazing. that is the coolest house that I’ve ever seen. thanks for the post.

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#11 posted 03-17-2008 05:49 PM

mrtrim.. you are hilarious!! I think you got it!! Maybe he’s John’s long lost cousin.

It is fascinating – and a little scary looking.. gulp

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#12 posted 03-17-2008 06:22 PM

wood must be cheap there … and glass too expensive

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#13 posted 03-17-2008 07:02 PM

Just a bit drafty.

-- He said wood...

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#14 posted 03-17-2008 07:12 PM

I would like to see a photo of the Outhouse.

-- "Hold on to instruction, do not let it go; guard it well, for it is your life" Solomon

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#15 posted 03-17-2008 11:08 PM

Um, that is the outhouse. Ya see in Russia the outhouses only have to cover a large hole and have enough wood to adequately cover your babushka!

-- Bob Vila would be so proud of you!

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