Architecture,  Ukraine

A house of One Wall in Odessa, Ukraine

What would you do if you don’t have enough funds to build a house with four walls? Naturally, you’d build a house with three walls instead! I discovered this architectural wonder in Odessa, a city in the south of Ukraine, a few years ago, and the effect was really stunning – if you look from one side, the building appears absolutely normal, but from another side it looks completely flat, as if the whole house disappeared in unknown direction and only its facade still remained in place.

The illusion can be explained by the triangular shape of the house. It was built in 1889 by the architect D.Klimov and this days it’s frequently visited by  tourists – everyone wants to take a photo of this mysterious flat structure which is obviously inhabited by people who don’t have anything against this sort of accommodation 🙂

The House of One Wall is also known as “Wall-House” and “Witch House”. It’s situated in the Vorontsov lane, not far from the famous sights of Odessa – Potemkin Stairs, Vorontsov Palace and Primorsky Boulevard. Every time I look at this photo it makes me smile – there’s so much of Odessa in it, mischievous and humorous 🙂

One Wall House in Odessa
One Wall House in Odessa
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