Wieżowiec-Zamek (Castle Skyscraper) - Atlas Obscura

Wieżowiec-Zamek (Castle Skyscraper)

A Soviet era flat that refused to conform to the dull gray standards. 

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Soviet architecture, while incredibly efficient, is not always known for its creative flair. However, where there is a standard, artists tend to find a way around them, which in this case was done by building a castle that is also a skyscraper.  

The castle flat was built in 1988. It was designed by Leszek Filar as an apartment building for employees of the Krakow Academy of Physical Education. The building, which is modeled after the nearby Wawel castle, sports some uncharacteristic features like turrets, pointed roofs, entrance portals, towers, rounded bay windows, and arcades.

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The building is a residential area, so please respect those who live there. 

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