Keith is currently on a little hiatus travelling around Asia and seeing all the weird and wonderful sights it has to offer. Last month he found himself at ‘Crazy House’. What is Crazy House I hear you say? Over to Keith…
The Crazy house in Dalat Vietnam is the product of an architect’s wild and playful imagination.
Fomally know as ‘Hang Nga Villa’, Crazy House is a unique hotel in Vietnam. Designed and created by Architect Dr. Dang Viet Nga with the view that it would bring us humans back in touch with nature.
The place has been described as ‘Gaudi on acid’ and definitely breaks all the rules of conventional architecture. There was definitely no AutoCad used during the design process, instead Nga opted for painting her design and handing it over to craftsmen to make it a reality.
Narrow, suspended, winding staircases with mock branches for handrails (totally unfit for UK regulations) link together a series of themed buildings and hotel rooms.
Due to the sporadic nature of the circulation spaces it appears, at first, that the building is designed as it goes along, however it's evident that the architect wants you to feel lost and disoriented to give you the feeling that you have entered another world or alternate dimension. After discovering detailed design drawings it confirmed my suspicions.
There are no straight lines, right angles or two floors on the same level. Irregularity is the regular. I couldn't help but think how difficult it would be to survey!
Armed with only brick, concrete and some steel reinforcing, local craftsmen and artists have, and still are working wonders to create a magical hotel good enough architecturally to rival the accommodation at Disneyland.
You can already stay at the hotel however if you fancy it, perhaps wait until construction is complete to avoid the daytime visitors sticking their noses into your room!