There would be one long staircase just going up and one even longer coming down. And one more leading nowhere just for show.
— Tevye, If I were a Rich Man, Fiddler on the Roof
St custards hav a very interesting history if you are interested in hist which few boys are. It was built by a madman in 1836 and he made a few improvements before he was put in the bin e.g. the observatory to study worms, the fortifications to pot at gamekeepers and that round thing which hav no use at all.
— Down With Skool!, Geoffrey Willans
So the gang sits around for a bit whileOkay, what is up with this place?! That old couple lives here?! Its like if Flavor Flav redesigned Pee-wee's Playhouse!
Rooms in the castle seem to tumble onto one another with no rhyme or reason - a trophy room backs onto a bedroom that, in turn, hosts a spiral staircase leading into a cellar below. Public rooms muddle against private family rooms. Only a few scattered insignias identify which labyrinthine hallways lead into the court or to the courtyard outside. Staircases wind downward from the main floor onto a landing where a separate stairwell rises to another level two stories above. A maze of rooms, apparently part of a larger apartment, ends in a neglected tower that looks out over the battlements far below. And only those very familiar with the castle can negotiate the hidden passageways that riddle the walls, connecting one odd location with another.
—Vampire: The Dark Ages - Transylvania By Night
You can hear Daniel talking to... Jacqueline, you think. She's the third person on this floor, which apparently bends the rules of space and geometry into pretzels. Each room borders the other two on two sides? Maybe? Your head hurts.
The architecture of the city follows no recognisable pattern, with streets and buildings varying wildly from one to the next. Mighty stone fortresses, replete with towers and battlements, stand next to crumbling ruins that, in turn, surround rotting, miasmal gardens. Great towers of living crystal float majestically above beauteous palaces of pure, white marble, each festooned with delicate razor-sharp blades. Even the streets themselves exist solely to baffle and mislead, as wide boulevards give way to narrow cobbled lanes or abruptly end in solid walls. Grand plazas stand in the midst of forbidding, crenellated towers with no apparent entrances or exits, and endless stairs reach up toward crowded balconies only to end suddenly at doors that were not there before.
—Black Crusade: The Tome Of Excess
Yeah, this is another one of those rooms with "creative architecture" that was designed for giant spider people, because that's the only kind of person who would find this layout convenient.
— Gordon Freeman - Freeman's Mind