Now That’s What I Call Architecture # 1
When Mr Sutyagin began work on his house in 1992, he claims he was only intending to build a two-storey house. From a distance, the whimsical jumble of planking 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. The city authorities, pointing to bylaws that say no timber structure should be higher than two floors, warn that fire could cause the whole suburb to go up in flames. They have begun action to pull it down. Mr Sutyagin vows to win and has erected a roof around the second floor that he says allows him to claim that everything above is purely decorative.