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The Most Unusual Houses in Russia, Part 3
November 24, 2014 14:18


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Tarelka Hotel in Dombai 
 
The Tarelka Hotel stands right on the Mount Moussa-Achitara, at the height of 2260 meters above sea level. It is a really unique object of Dombai. The hotel is located on the mountain between two rows of the chairlift. The distance to the ropeway stations set on the mountain is no more than 100 meters. 
 
The mountain hotel Tarelka was opened in 1979.
 
It is the most striking and unusual hotel in the mountains of the all-season Dombai resort, which combines ski resort and summer holidays. 
 
Thanks to its unique architectural characteristics the hotel is well heated, and the temperature in it never drops lower than +22 even on cold winter nights. 
 
The hotel is transportable: it can be taken to pieces or carried over as a whole with a helicopter.
 
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Upside Down House in Krasnodar Territory
 
An unusual upside down house can be found in the Kabardinka Village near Gelendzhik in the south of Russia. It was built head over heels. All the interior elements are also place upside down. Tables and chairs in the house are fixed on to its ceiling, i.e. to its floor. The only part that has a customary orientation is the staircase.
 
As the house owner Vera Burdelnaya says, she encountered the upside down house project on the Internet. It took several years to prepare for its construction and only 4 months to build the house.
 
The house stands near the eternal flame monument in the market square, in the very heart of the Kabardinka Village. Nobody lives in the house, which is just a popular tourist attraction. 
 
The upside down house in Kabardinka is not the only one of the kind in Russia. One can see such houses in Yalta, at the All-Russia Exhibition Centre in Moscow, in Kaliningrad and near St. Petersburg.
 
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Council House in Kaliningrad 
 
The Council House is a well-known building in Kaliningrad, one of the city symbols and the main “delayed construction” of Kaliningrad. It was nicknamed “the buried robot” since its look reminds of a gigantic robot’s head that is dug in the ground up to its shoulders.
 
The building project designed by architects Lev Misozhnikov and Galina Kucher was started back in 1970 and completed just recently. It stands on the place of the former Konigsberg Castle and remained the most well-known unfinished construction of the West of Russia for a very long time. 
 
People believe the Council House was based right on the place of Königsberg Castle, however it is not absolutely true: actually it stands to the east of the castle basement, on the place of its former ditch.
 
Cockleshell House in Sverdlovsk Region
 
A cockleshell-like house is located in the Tawatui Settlement of the Sverdlovsk Region. The author of the project is the architect Yury Gaidukov from Yekaterinburg. The extraordinary three-storeyed house has a bedroom, a bathroom, toilet facilities, a clothesroom, a study room, kitchen and a living room. Each of the three floors stands for one of the nature elements, with the interior reminding of the seabed, water surface and the air. The house also has a fireplace in the shape of a small pyramid.
 
The building is very well-rounded with smooth lines and has neither angles nor straight lines. The sunlight enters inside through small windows in the roof and through the door. 
 
The house is made of monolithic reinforced gunite, with its staircases and overlappings of monolithic steel concrete. The bathroom and toilet decorated with multicolored mosaics. The house has hot water heating system with a gas-fired boiler.
 
 
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Author: Vera Ivanova

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