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The Most Unusual Houses in Russia, Part 1
November 9, 2014 18:02


Sutyagin House in Arkhangelsk Region

This wooden skyscraper in the village of Solombala, the Arkhangelsk Region, has not come down to us. The wooden architecture phenomenon suffered the law and fire. 

The businessman Nikolay Sutyagin started construction of the house in 1992. It was based on a three-storeyed structure. A totally wooden 13 storeyed house was recognized as sensation at the Wooden Construction in Northern Cities Conference that took place in the city of Trondheim, Norway. 
 
However, in 2008 the court declared the building to be illegal, since construction of a wooden house over two storeys high must be approved by the authorities. Mr. Sutyagin was obliged to demolish the house, but he refused. The authorities held the tender for the house demolition, which cost 2 600 thousand rubles. At the end of 2008 the house brought down to the 4th floor and the remaining part was burned down in 2012.
 
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The construction of this building was started in 1974 and was completed 20 years later. When just started the project had no analogs in Moscow. The principal decorative element was made of metal and glass art compositions. It was nicknamed “gold brains” and there were legends about its real mission, including “the plot theory”. Nevertheless, these “gold brain”-like metal constructions have practical sense: these shining metal and glass sheets cover communications systems that stick out of the roof and a sightseeing platform with a restaurant on it.
 
Two Round Houses in Moscow
 
Very few people know that there are two house rings in Moscow. The first round house of 913 apartments was built in Nezhinskaya Street in the run-up to the Olympic Games-80 in 1972. Back then the project seemed to the authorities to be an innovative fresh idea and even brought about plans of building such houses all around Moscow. Initially the concept of such a round shape appeared while designing the Olympic Village. Five similar houses were planned to be built there.
However, eventually the idea was dropped because round houses turned to be impractical: bulky, inconvenient and expensive to maintain.
 
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The shape of the ring house was developed by the architects and engineers Evgeny Stamo and Alexander Markelov. They put standard panels at the 6 degree angle of admissible error. Therefore it had to be quite an imposing building. Till the 1990s the house was under self-maintenance. It had shops, a drugstore, a laundry, consumer service centers, and many other things. After the fall of state-planned economy it became more difficult to maintain the house.
The second and last round house was built in the Dovzhenko Street. It is practically the twin of the ring house in the Nezhinskaya Street. The ring house was built in 1979. It has 9 floors, 936 apartments and 26 entrances. The locals say it is a hard task to find the entrance one needs in this house.
 
It is interesting that corridors are really uneven there.
 
House Ship in the Kemerovo Region
 
In 2009 the handyman Nikolay Orekhov from Kemerovo constructed a ship house in the Borovoye Settlement. The three-storeyed building is 9 meters high 14 meters long. The owner built the house himself without using any drafts. The construction is popularly styled as Nikolaev’s Ark. The ground floor keeps Russian sauna, a water pool and the bathroom. The kitchen is located in the foreship. The hall, bedrooms and the nursery are placed on the 1st floor. The upper floor is greenhouse. The whole building is made of larch and cedar wood. To make it more reliable Nikolay Orekhov fastened the beams with brackets.
 
 
 
 
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Author: Vera Ivanova

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