An unreal fairytale illustration, inspired by the polish architects Szotynscy and Zaleski, The Crooked House-Poland

Oct 16, 2019

This dreamlike adventure Crooked House located in Sopot, Poland built in 2004 is all together is unique peace work of the Polish architects Szotynscy and Zaleski.T his kind of construction one can not learn from any architecture school, You need to either be an artist or be inspired by one. Tourists and artist are captivated by this amazing construction.

This complicated house has a measure of 4000 square meters. Szotynscy and Zaleski were encouraged to design this odd building after studying the artwork of Per Gahlberg and the fairytale illustrations of Jan Szancer. The window frame that sandstone, entrance with the colorful stained glass and the stone elevation decors, add the oneness to the Crooked House. The blue-green enameled shingles on the roof that have the role of creating the illusion of dragon skin, also attract the bystander. During the night when it is lighted its debut is even more unique and alluring. The eyecatcher was built recently even though it is one of the most brilliant buildings on the globe and represents an important local symbol. It can be visited on Sopot’s popular Monciak Street.

It includes the Rezydent shopping center and due to its peculiar design it can compete without worries for the title “the world’s strangest building”. Its original name is “Krzywy Domek” and it is one of the local’s favorite places for relaxation and shopping that is more like a carnival funhouse. It has a large number of clubs, bars, shops, and cafes, but the interior is not much attractive as compared to outer design. There are no surprising aesthetic details instead of slightly wry stairs. It is just a normal looking shopping center. An interesting fact about the House is that it has a tradition of allowing those who take part at its cultural events to add their name on its “Wall of Fame”. Visitors were delighted by this idea and so the Krzywy Domek has created its own version of the American Hollywood Walk of Fame. The most photographed building in Poland. This architectural marvel has won numerous awards for its bold look. Though our eyes start to hurt after looking at it for a while, we certainly appreciate its originality In 2009, this quirky attribute was one of many that helped it earn a spot on the list of the 7 Wonders of the Tricity.

The "Crooked House" is near the corner of Monte Cassino and Morska Streets with entrances on both. It looks like an animated house, bouncing in place to a jolly tune. There's a jovial liveliness to the place that seems very inviting. The architects sought to bring a different aesthetic to the surrounding area in Sopot that makes for a happy diversion from the brick and strictly business feel along this stretch of Poland.  We must say they were successful in their vision.