Phenomenal Architecture: The Crooked House (Krzywy Domek)

With a passion for the built environment, Tiffany loves to find inspiring buildings and try to gain an understanding of the meaning behind unique designs.  The Crooked House in Sopot, Poland definitely encompasses the meaning of unusual architecture.  It is understood that Architect Szotynscy Zaleski was inspired by Jan Marcin Szancer’s and Per Dahlberg’s illustrations for children’s fairytales.  Looking at the images of the building would make anyone feel as though they were in an enchanted world and yet somewhat exhausted and perhaps a little dizzy.

The Crooked House in Sopot, Poland - Photo Credit: Olek, Arek. Flickr

Completed in 2003, The Crooked House is situated on a frequently visited promenade with other specialty shops and restaurants.  The building is approximately 43,000 square feet and includes colorful stained glass, sandstone, and blue-green enameled roof shingles.  While any implemented sustainability measures are uncertain, we hope that due to the uniqueness of the building’s design and the certainty of it remaining an architectural treasure for a long period of time, that long-term sustainability goals were considered to ensure continued success with minimal impact on our environment.

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