The castle in Łapalice is one of the most unusual tourist attractions in Pomerania. The erection of this massive self-construction began 40 years ago. Now the case has seen a breakthrough.The Kartuzy Town Council has finally legalised the building and adopted a development plan that allows it to be completed
The castle in Łapalice is located near Lake Rekowo. Its form is reminiscent of residential architecture, which is why it is commonly referred to as a castle. In 1983, Piotr Kazimierczak, a woodcarver and furniture manufacturer, was granted permission to build a 170 m² single-family house with a sculpture studio. Instead, he illegally erected a much larger building of 5,000 m². At the beginning of the 1990s, construction work was interrupted due to the investor’s financial problems
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The facility is surrounded by a concrete wall. A passageway in the gate building leads to its grounds, and an artificial pond is located in the southern part of the plot. The body of the main building consists of four wings connected to each other by connecting links. They are covered by mansard roofs. Twelve towers with cupolas stand at the corners, four of which have staircases. A fountain, lift and terraces were planned for the central wing, and a 9 × 15 m pool and chapel or ballroom in the west wing. The building was to have as many towers as there were months in the year, as many halls as there were weeks, and the number of windows was to correspond to the number of days in the year. The interior was to be made almost entirely of wood, including decorated coffered ceilings and floors. The entire décor was to be complemented by numerous sculptural works of art. Half of the interior furnishings were ready. The developer only wanted to decide on the purpose of the building after its completion
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As the building had not been constructed in accordance with the building permit and the investor had not produced replacement documentation, the district building inspector ordered the demolition of the structure in 2006. Since then, there has been a battle between Piotr Kazimierczak and the authorities. The man wanted to legalise the property and complete it. 24 June 2020. The Kartuzy City Council passed a resolution to proceed with the development of a zoning plan for the part of Łapalice where the unfinished castle is located. The plan was adopted at the beginning of September this year. The document makes it possible to regularise the legal status of the building and thus legalise it. It also gives the owner the green light to complete the construction
The owner of the castle in Łapalice had already declared that he was determined to complete his life’s work. However, in order to do so, a new project is needed, which will be adjusted to the requirements of the new development plan
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