Russians often use the balconies in their ordinary panel apartment buildings as sites for drying clothes or warehouses for unnecessary things. But sometimes true masters of interior design show up in unexpected places. These balconies, which demonstrate an incredible level of creativity, have been turned into bathrooms, banyas and even...a castle.
1. A big balcony is for people, and a small one is for pets. Your cat needs its own balcony too after all, right?
4. In the Russian south, locals especially like to make something great from their balconies. Sometimes such extensions are bigger than the flat itself. Just take a look at this balcony in Astrakhan. How is it even standing?
6. Not far from the center of Sochi, there is a whole district called "Favela" that is filled with all sorts of giant balconies. Many of them are used as hostels.
8. You probably know that Russians are fond of the banya. But take a look at these balconies that have been outfitted with banyas and saunas, and you will begin to understand the enormous intensity and scale of this fondness.
9. A BBQ on a balcony.
10. They said that in the Middle Ages nobles had toilets on their balconies. Turns out this tradition is still alive and well.