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April 25, 2007


Sutyagin house.jpg

When Nikolai Sutyagin started building he thought two-floors would be sufficient for the richest man in Archangel. The result: Gormenghast in planks; "a mix between a Brobdignagian tree house and the lair of a wicked fairytale character" (via La Petite Claudine).

For the one-time gangster who built it, it is nothing less than "the eighth wonder of the world". The less charitably disposed dismiss it as a glorified barn, fire hazard and eyesore. But on one thing everyone agrees: Nikolai Sutyagin's home is certainly different.

Dominating the skyline of Arkhangelsk, a city in Russia's far north-west, it is believed to be the world's tallest wooden house, soaring 13 floors to reach 144ft - about half the size of the tower of Big Ben.

Be sure to click the "In pictures" link at the top of the article. This fictional castles and fortresses information should also come in handy.

Posted by Ghost of a flea at April 25, 2007 07:23 AM


Reminds me only of Baba Yaga's hut in old D&D...


Posted by: Gorthos [TypeKey Profile Page] at April 25, 2007 08:59 AM

It looks like something that Jack Sparrow would live within.

Posted by: agent bedhead [TypeKey Profile Page] at April 25, 2007 09:06 AM

If it had legs we would be in Howl's Moving Castle territory...

Posted by: Ghost of a flea [TypeKey Profile Page] at April 25, 2007 09:18 AM

The Russians have a long history of grandiose wooden buildings. You can see some nice photos of a few of them here.

Posted by: utron [TypeKey Profile Page] at April 25, 2007 03:06 PM