Vacation 2008 - Seaside, Lakes, Mountains Sept 30, 2008 18:59:27 GMT 1
Post by gigi on Sept 30, 2008 18:59:27 GMT 1
Actually, it was done on purpose...
The Upside Down House is a project created by a Polish businessman and philanthropist named Daniel Czapiewski, and is located in Poland in the tiny village of Szymbark - about halfway in between Kartuzy and Kościerzyna. Rather than simply being a bizarre tourist attraction, this house managed to attract thousands of tourists. The house is also meant to be a profound statement about the Communist era and the state of the world.
Even though at first sight it seems to be a silly artistic and particularly futile architectural attempt, Czapiewski tried to show the state of affairs in his homeland with his upside-down home. The house that rests on its own roof represents the times of the Communist era as well as the times we live in today.
With what was in fact a rather simple idea if we leave aside architectural conditions, Czapiewski vividly presented the change of values that has pervaded the countries of the former Eastern bloc since the start of the transition process.
Indeed, many citizens of Poland and other transitional countries felt as if the entire world had turned upside down after the fall of the Communist regime and the establishment of democratically elected government.
The work, however, is not saying that everything is all right now because, even though it was built more than 15 years after the demise of the iron curtain, the house symbolizes the change of values that will take a long time to adjust to.
Czapiewski’s company (log cabin manufacturer Danmar) would normally take three weeks to construct a house, but this one took 114 days because the workers were disorientated by the strange angles of the walls. Many tourists who visit complain of mild seasickness and dizziness after just a few minutes of being in the structure.