Standing in stark contrast to Dalat’s French colonial villas, the bizarre Avant grade guesthouse is a maze of spiral staircases, sculptural bedrooms, undulating surfaces, swirls of bright colors, narrow bridges and hidden nooks.
The artist behind the structure, 79-year-old Dang Viet Nga, says its the ultimate expression of her imagination.
After earning a Ph.D. in architecture in Moscow, Nga Dang worked for several years in Russia then moved to Hanoi, where she worked on government projects.
On the business trip to Dalat, She says she fell in love with the lush landscape, cooler climate, and kind people and hoped to eventually move there.
After years of working on state – owned developments, which afforded little creativity, she felt compelled to unleash her imagination.
In February 1990, she drew up plans for Crazy house. But instead of blueprints, she created a series of paintings to communicate her fantastical vision.
As a form of expressionist architecture, the house has no right angles but rather organic forms that are designed to mirror natural elements, like mushrooms, shells, caves, and spiderwebs. She used various materials including steel, wood, and concrete.
Sinuous cement ” branches” which double as bridges, twist and wind between the various house so people can move from one to the next.
At first glance, the surreal structures recall mind-bending scenes from a Salvador Dali painting or perhaps even the organic works of modernist Catalan architect Antoni Gaudi.
The playful style continues within the treehouse, where 10 guest rooms – each named after an animal of type of plant, are full of organic shapes, cavern-like beds and wooden seating areas.
Address: Crazy house: 3 Huynh Thuc Khanh Street, Ward 4, Da Lat City, Lam Dong, Vietnam
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