Saturday, February 23, 2008
Nikolai Sutyagin's Skyscraper
What do you get when you combine a wacky Russian gangster, a small fortune, and A LOT of wood? You get the world's largest wooden skyscraper, of course.
Nikolai Sutyagin began building his pleasure palace by hand in 1992. Originally meant to be two stories tall, it eventually grew to include over thirteen floors. Neighbors in the town of Archangelsk now worry that the bizarre tower could one day crash down around them. Many are demanding that the structure be demolished.
Fortunately, there are others (like me) who see the skyscraper as a wonderful work of art and a monument to one man's crazy dreams.
Read more here.