Russian gangster Niokolai Sutyagin began building his 'intended' two story log cabin back in 1992 in the city of Arkhangelsk in northwest Russia. Today the Soaring Home is the worlds tallest wooden house standing 144 feet with a remarkable 13 floors.
“First I added three floors but then the house looked ungainly, like a mushroom,” says Sutyagin of how 2 floors grew to 13. “So I added another and it still didn’t look right so I kept going. What you see today is a happy accident.” Sutyagin actually added a five-storey bath house in the garden and wanted to keep building but was unfortunately hauled off to jail for a four-year prison sentence in 1998 before he could enjoy it.
Sutyagin is now out of jail and he and his wife currently live within the four rooms on the bottom floor. Although the neighbors threaten to have it torn down due to safety concerns, Sutyagin happily takes tours throughout his 'masterpiece'...