Friday, January 23, 2009
Russia’s glorified barn stands tall
The house of Nikolai Sutyagin, gangster an ex-convict, stands 13 floors tall and is an dramatic sight againts the barren Russian landscape. Arkhangelsk, Russia is home to the tallest wooden structure in the world. It was built in 1992 by Sutyagin, to show his neighbors who the wealthiest man in the city was.
This impressive house can easily accommodate 18 people and makes for the perfect love nest. Unfortuanetely for Sutyagin, fortune and fame was short lived, today, he and his wife is wife is broke, and his house ‘broken’. Sutyagin now lives in four poorly heated rooms at the bottom of his crumbling log cabin with his wife. The house is constantly threatened of being demolished by the government, according to authorities. The building spoils the town’s panoramic view, is a fire hazard and can become unsafe since it is falling apart.