Wednesday, 30 July 2008
I have a bit of a Russian fixation. This is a fact. I am liable to romanticise anything eastern european excessively and elaborately. This building pretty much encapsulates everything I want Russia to be in my head and more.
Thirteen floors of ramshackle carpentry leading to an unfinished tower from which the builder, Nikolai Sutyagin, can admire his handiwork. Sutyagin began this as a two floor house but, realising that the local authorities probably weren't paying much attention, he decided to add a few more. Which is great. The child in me wants to climb it and hide in it and construct a complex pulley system for getting water to the top. The illustrator in me wants to draw it and write stories about it. Either way its sort of a dream come true.
More pictures HERE
If this is the sort of thing you like then have a peek at these photos of an abandoned Russian village, these drawings of Russian luxury houses and these astounding wooden constructions (again in Russia)