The Wooden Mansion of Insanity (Arkhangelsk, Siberia)
Unfortunately, this is not the official name of this house, probably because most houses do not have names as these are not the late 1700s, asshole! No, really, who the hell gives a name to a house and is not some pretentious artist in a black turtleneck or inbred European aristocracy? Yeah, you can be sure that the man behind this 13-story mansion made entirely out of scrap wood, one Nikolai Sutyagin, is definitely none of the above. He’s a Siberian gangster, and he built this magnificent, insane version of the Addams Family household to have sex with slutty women inside it.
Sutyagin actually put the house together himself, using only discarded pieces of wood, because, well, apparently crime really does not pay. Despite that, the house stands to this day, while not rocking back and forward whenever the Russian gangster “entertains” some guests inside it, we assume.
Krzywy Domek (Sopot, Poland)
“Krzywy Domek” is Polish for “Crooked House” and aptly houses Poland’s parliament, only not really, because as we’re sure you already know, life just isn’t that perfect when it comes to comedy. Krzywy Domek is actually a sophisticated and assumingly incredibly expensive Polish tourist attraction, today housing a few stores, a restaurant and a slot-machine establishment.
It was built in 2004 and despite what we all know about Poland and its residents, was not the result of the construction workers getting shitfaced on cheap vodka and simply going with their blurred, wavy vision of the design specs. The building was allegedly inspired by the fairytale illustrations of some guys or whatever, but because by all accounts their work was also not drug or alcohol related, so let’s just move along.
The Vdara Hotel (Las Vegas, USA)
Here’s the gist of it: The Vdara Hotel is a building that can shoot death rays, making it the closest thing we ever got to a real-life Death Star. No word if its manager is a tall cyborg clad in black armor (obviously not, but still, a man can dream).
Due to the shape of the building and it facing South, at specific times of the day and with the right weather, the Vdara Hotel concentrates and bounces back Sun rays, forming scorching death rays that can singe hair and even melt plastic cups or bags. That’s not even the crazy part. The hotel architect did anticipate this problem but thought that coating the outer layer of the building with a special film would fix everything. The film did reflect over 70% of the Sun rays but the building still kept shooting potentially dangerous Sun blasts. Think what would happen if someone would unleash its true potential. Dear Lord, he could take over the world! Provided the weather was nice, of course.
- - The Beetham Tower (Manchester, UK): http://img543.imageshack.us/img543/3056/20090517030900halflife2.jpg http://img840.imageshack.us/img840/3707/beethamtower004.jpg
- - Fuyuhito Moriya’s House (Tokyo, Japan): http://uniquedaily.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/11/ultra-small-home.jpg http://techjibe.com/wp-content/plugins/wp-o-matic/cache/4c905_ultra_tiny_home.jpg
- - Stone House (Fafe Mountains, Portugal): http://www.archdaily.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/08/1282094812-rockhouse01-1000x750.jpg http://www.archdaily.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/08/1282094804-rockhouse-1000x750.jpg
- - Kubuswoningen (Rotterdam/Helmon, The Netherlands): http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Rotterdam_Cube_House.jpg http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Cube-houses-rotterdam.jpg
- - The Wooden Mansion of Insanity (Arkhangelsk, Siberia): http://www.europeeuphoria.com/images/sutyagins-house6_1822.jpg http://www.europeeuphoria.com/images/sutyagins-house_1822.jpg
- - Krzywy Domek (Sopot, Poland): http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Krzywy_Domek_w_Sopocie.jpg http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Krzywy_Domek_w_Sopocie_klatka.jpg
- - The Vdara Hotel (Las Vegas, USA): http://media.lvrj.com/images/4822896-4-4.jpg http://media.lvrj.com/images/4822889-3-4.jpg