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December 19, 2006

Towers to Nowhere

The tower is estimated to reach 12-15 stories high (click photo to enlarge).

I'm entranced by this wooden tower in Archanglesk, Russia. It seems to so directly express so much about its builder, Nikolai Sutyagin... a man obsessed with the vision to create. 

Tower_02 Dead Programmer's Cafe posted Nikolai's incredible story. Here's an excerpt:

"When Perestroyka came about Nikolai Sutyagin used his money to start a lumber and construction business which brought him a substantial fortune. Now he needed a suitable residence. At first he planned on building a huge two story wooden house. Wooden structures are limited by law to two stories for fire safety reasons. At first he built a refrigerator sized wooden mock up. He liked the scale, but didn't like the proportion of the roof. He decided to elongate it to achieve a more pleasing proportion. Tower_03_1 Then he started building working with his team like in the old times, but using the timber from his own company. When he was about done with the roof, he decided to build it up a little higher so that he could see the White Sea from the very top. Even though his building has two stories, the roof spans 11 more (some articles estimate the structure to have 12 stories, others - 13 and even 15).

  The government and his neighbors hated Sutyagin's masterpiece. Fire hazard   or not, it stands in the middle of a  rather poor village, yet it's higher than the tallest cement building in the city of Archangelsk itself. The city government ordered the structure to be torn down, but the order was never realized as far as I know. But Sutyagin was accused by one of his employees (who stole $30,000 from Sutyagin) of beating him up and imprisoning him in a shed. True or not, Sutyagin got 4 years of prison. He was let out in 2 years. While he was away his company was looted like Baghdad after the war. Now he and his wife and daughter live in the unfinished skyscraper that he built."

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I would normally get annoyed at neighbours who do things like this, but this one is aesthetically very pleasing.

Posted by: mark | Dec 20, 2006 9:45:31 PM

that looks remarkably like broken angel in brooklyn!

Posted by: francesca | Dec 21, 2006 11:37:31 PM

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