Article By: Francesca Burke
In this post, we share a few of the more colourful buildings around!
Most residential properties are painted in similar shades of grey, brown or – on the odd occasion – yellow. Not these…
Hang Nga Villa, Da Lat, Vietnam
In Da Lat, Vietnam, sits Hang Nga ‘Crazy House’, a Roald Dahl-meets-Walt-Disney creation with curved walls, spiralling roofs and branchlike bannisters. Designed by Đặng Việt Nga, the building was originally a personal project inspired by Antoni Gaudí and the natural surroundings of Da Lat. It is now open to tourists to visit and stay in the guest house.
‘Treatment Rooms’, London, England
This West London house is owned by Carrie Reichardt, who is a renowned mosaic artist! The designs took several years to complete, but the house is now an unlikely tourist destination and colourful addition to a residential street. Read more about visiting the Treatment Rooms here.
Les Fresques de Bel Air, Chantres, France
This housing estate in Chartes, just outside Paris, was redecorated in 2008 using the trompe-l’œil method that creates optical illusions. The residents of the buildings chose the designs themselves, so each mural is slightly different! Like the Treatment Rooms, Les Fresques de Bel Air is not officially a tourist attraction, but it’s easy to visit to see the wonderful designs for yourself.
Nautilus Giant Seashell House, Mexico City, Mexico
Another project inspired by Gaudí: the Nautilus Giant Seashell House in Mexico City. The walls are curved, there’s a large stained glass window and the bathroom sink is mosaiced. The delivery driver is never going to get the wrong house when you’ve got multicoloured a seashell house!