Colourful Buildings Part 2: London, Brazil & Poland
We’ve found 4 more beautiful, colourful buildings dotted across the globe. Which is your favourite?
Article By: Francesca Burke
Last Update: May 2019
Striped House, Kensington, London
Despite opposition from local residents, this house in Kensington, West London, was allowed to remain a bright candy-striped red and white. Its owner, Zipporah Lisle-Mainwaring, painted it in such bright colours supposedly because neighbours objected to her plans to demolish and redevelop the property. A judicial review quashed attempts to order Ms. Lisle-Mainwaring to repaint her property after several appeals and legal battles.
Neal’s Yard, Covent Garden, London
Neal’s Yard in Covent Garden, London, is infamous for its cheery decor, from painted benches to brightly-coloured walls and windowsills. Home to Neal’s Yard Remedies and the Wild Cafe, this little alleyway looks more like one of Brighton’s Laines than a street in central London!
Favelas in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Dutch artists Dre Urhahn and Jeroen Koolhaas began a the Favela Painting Foundation in 2005 to paint Rio de Janero’s crowded favelas and use art to unite local residents. By painting buildings in bold, rainbow colours and involving locals, especially young people, the Favela Painting Foundation is helping to install a sense of pride and local ownership in the favelas. The project is ongoing, with the artists hoping to eventually paint every building across Rio’s favelas – which are home to some 11 million people.
Learn more about the Favela Painting Foundation and its other projects here.
The town of Wroclaw in west Poland is an eclectic mix of colours and architectural styles, all taken from its rich past. Wroclaw has at different times been part of the Austrian Empire, Prussia, Bohemia, and Germany. Today it’s famous for its university, which has produced nine Nobel Prize winners. Furthermore, Wroclaw is something of a cultural hub for western Poland. Visit the medieval Market Square to see some of the brightest buildings!