Sutyagin House, Russia
The Arkhangelsk, Russia, crime lord Nikolai Petrovich Sutyagin began building the Sutyagin House in 1992 and spent the next 15 years perfecting it. The Sutyagin family expanded their three-story home into a 13-story structure without a building permit or formal plans, making it the world’s tallest wooden structure. The building was torn down in 2008 after it was deemed a fire hazard by city officials. In all honesty, though, we think it’s for the best that way.
Phoenix House, Hawaii
The Phoenix House is currently listed on Airbnb, so if you’ve always wanted to sleep in the shadow of an active Hawaiian volcano, now’s your chance! The Phoenix House on Hawaii’s Big Island is perilously close to the lava flow during an eruption of Kilauea. In addition, Kilauea is one of the world’s most active volcanoes right now, so you’ll almost certainly see some eruptions if you decide to take a vacation there.