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Ruined Russian gangster's towering log cabin

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Não sabia se havia de colocar em Arquitectura Internacional ou Arte, mas penso que é mais arte que arquitectura! :)

This record-breaking, 13-storey log cabin was hand-built by a ruined Russian gangster as a summer place in Arkhangelsk. The towering fire-hazard is all that remains from his life of crime, and the city is threatening to tear it down on the basis that it threatens to take the whole suburb with it if it goes up in smoke.

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While in prison, he claims his rivals destroyed his equipment, stole his money and threw his five cars into the Dvina river - a similar fate to that which befell many of Russia's rich in the chaotic years of the 1990s. "When I went to prison I was a millionaire," he said. "Now I'm penniless." Sutyagin, 60, lives in four poorly heated rooms at the bottom of his wooden skyscraper with his 32-year-old wife Lena.
What is left of his fantasy is slowly decaying around him. Even so, it remains a remarkable architectural feat - especially given the fact that Sutyagin built much of it himself - that defies easy description.
A whimsical jumble of planking, from a distance it bears a resemblance to a Japanese pagoda, but draw closer and it seems more like a mix between a Brobdignagian tree house and the lair of a wicked fairytale character.

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Já tinha visto imagens disso por aí na net...

Digo isso porque não se consegue perceber bem o que é que é... não no geral, porque nisso o texto tem referência, mas antes a nível espacial...

PAra resumir o projecto numa palavra: BIZARRO...

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Eu achei engraçado como é que deixaram fazer isto, como é que deixaram isto continuar de pé e como é que aquilo mesmo com os invernos rigorosos não desmoronou!

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Eu achei engraçado como é que deixaram fazer isto, como é que deixaram isto continuar de pé e como é que aquilo mesmo com os invernos rigorosos não desmoronou!



Deve ser tudo branquinho e modernista de linhas ortogonais...

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Prefiro a ingenuidade kitsch dos mafiosos russos do que as arquitecturas insipidas dos branquinhos modernistas e das arquitecturas vazias com conceitos e simbologias forcadas.

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One-time Russian gangster Nikolai Sutyagin’s home is certainly unusual. The eccentric former convict’s seemingly accidental 15-year project begun in 1992 stands 13 floors, 144 feet high. He claims he was only intending to build a two-story house - larger than those of his neighbours to reflect his position as the city’s richest man.


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