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Monday, January 28, 2013

Krzywy Domek, Sopot, Poland

Talking about weird; when you lay eyes on the Krzywy Domek for the first time, it will make you wonder what was in that cup of coffee you had earlier that day.

Rest assured. There was nothing wrong with it and there is nothing wrong with your eyes either. When translated to English, Krzywy Domek literally means Crooked House and, as its name already indicates, that is really what the building looks like.

This strange looking structure in Sopot, Poland, was built in 2004 and is the result of a design by Szotyńscy and Zaleski. Their inspiration came from the fairytale-like character of the illustrations and drawings by Jan Marcin Szancer and Per Dahlberg.

Measuring 13,123 square feet, it is part of the Rezydent shopping center and offers visitors a mall with unique shops, restaurants, clubs, pubs, beauty salons, and is home to offices for many of the largest Polish and global companies of various industries.

The building is smack dab in the middle of the famous Monciak walking street and has two entrances; one is located at the Monte Cassino and the other at Morska Street. Many have already gone before you and participated in the cultural events which are held here on a regular basis.

To commemorate their participation, there is a "Wall of Fame" inside Krzywy Domek where the participants of these cultural events left, and can leave, their signatures. This interior wall is said to be the Polish version of the "Walk of Fame" in Hollywood.

Krzywy Domek's unique, magical appearance has lifted it to a spot on top of the list of strangest buildings in the world. And if you think it already looks weird in broad daylight, come back at night!

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