Upside-down house

Upside-down house
About half way between Kartuzy and Kościerzyna lies the tiny settlement of Szymbark, headquarters of the local log cabin manufacturer Danmar and its patriotic Kashubian owner, Daniel Czapiewski. Czapiewski’s unique vision of the world has spawned the extraordinary Centrum Edukacja i Promocji Regionu w Szymbarku (Centre for Education and Regional Promotion in Szymbark), a fascinating retreat based on his company grounds and dedicated to the preservation and promotion of Kashubian culture. Among the miscellaneous representations of local art, culture and politics on display find the world’s longest plank of wood. Officially recognised by the Guinness Book of Records, at 36.83m the plank is about as exciting as it sounds when seen in real life. Czapiewski’s latest project is an upside-down house. More than just a gimmick, the house is a real house complete with furniture, only, well, upside-down, and is asking us the question,Where are you going humanity? The answer to the question isn’t, where Mr Czapiewski thinks it should be, 38.5km away in front of the Gdańsk Shipyard’s historical Gate II, where the city’s striking shipyard workers turned Poland and its communist regime upside-down. He also thinks the capital city of every country should have such a building, to make people think about all the planet’s terrible things such as war, terrorism, dictatorships, nuclear weapons etc. The upside-down house was officially opened on May 12 2007. A band played on the roof (foundations), and people who’d like to change something in the world were encouraged to walk round the chimney (on the ground) and donate 1zł to the charity Polish children in the East. http://domnaglowie.pl/ 


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