The Unvertical aka the Drunken House in Sopot

The Unvertical aka the Drunken House in Sopot – Hmm … was something wrong with my iPhone 4s’ camera lens? Nope! Not at all. What you see below is real, very real.

In my ongoing quest to find all things weird and offbeat, this Drunken House in Sopot, Poland was a must-see when I spent a day exploring the city.

The Drunken House in Sopot

This rather boldly constructed building designed by Szotyńscy & Zaleski is located in Sopot, Poland on the country’s Baltic coast. The designers took inspiration for their unique creation from the fairy tale drawings of Jan Marcin Szancer and Per Dahlberg.

The Unvertical House in Sopot, Poland.

Erected in 2004, the Unvertical House or Krzywy Domek in Polish (also known as the Drunken House or Crooked House) is actually a shopping center with stores and restaurants inside.

Good to Know

  1. Although many publications (both online and in print) will inform you that the Unvertical House was actually inspired by the architecture of Antoni Gaudi, this is not correct. You can get the full low down on the building’s history by checking out the Krzywy Domek’ web site.
  2. Fore more inspiration about what to do in the area, check out how I spent my weekend in Gdansk and how I spent a day at the Baltic Sea in Sopot.


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  1. @Dean – Agree! I didn’t go inside as it was Easter Sunday and things were closed. Would be interesting to see.

  2. Ha, this is amazing! Makes me feel like I’m on a trip just looking at it. =P

  3. @Stephanie – Agree, very cool. Haven’t been able to find much about the building itself and I’ve spent at least 30 minutes on Google trying to get more info.

  4. Just looking at this photo makes you feel drunk, haha.
    Allthough, feels more like a Dalí painting than a Gaudi building to me.

  5. @Nina – It does make you feel a bit dizzy. Yeah, Gaudi work is usually somehow more prettier.

  6. Oh very cool! I’m a huge fan of Gaudi and when I saw your picture, his name was the first thing that came to mind. I didn’t realize he had built/designed stuff outside Barcelona, so thanks for sharing!

  7. @Wanderplex – the building is indeed very cool. Gaudi didn’t actually build it, someone else did so that’s why it’s considered Gaudi “inspired”. 🙂

  8. What a cool-looking place. It’s great that you added the link to the information about the architecture–it really doesn’t look much like Gaudi’s architecture when you take a closer look at it. So cool you got to travel so much in Poland…I would love to see more of Poland someday…

  9. @Jenna – The printed guide book I received from my hotel had it billed as a Gaudi building! It took quite a lot of research to dig up the real facts. Embarrassed to have provided the wrong impression … but alas, at least now the appropriate people are credited for their bizarre work. 🙂

    And I hope you make it back to Poland to see more of the country. I’d love to hit up Sopot again in the summer or fall! The Baltic coastline is INCREDIBLE!

  10. @Nancie – It’s quite the building that’s for sure! I’m not the biggest fan of the design from an aesthetic perspective but I’m always up for finding weird things like this.

  11. I’m just back from a 5 day trip to Lower Silesia and have decided to visit Poland again. Baltic Sea and Sopot are definitely next. Thanks for the inspiration.

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