Architecture Porn: These Sights Are A Must- Visit For All Wes Anderson Fans

There’s no greater master aesthete than Wes Anderson – his vision and his art knows no bounds, and that’s easily visible from the frames he chooses, the colour palates he dreams in, and of course the stories that are interwoven in the facade of soothing, architectural visuals.

So when the Instagram page Accidentally Wes Anderson came into being it was no surprise that it would be a hit, after all there is so much in the world that is perfectly in tune with the systemic lines, and smooth colours, with geometric structures that are bereft any loose threads!

Here are some of our favourites from the page, and there are plenty Indian sights too!

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____________________ Sofiero Palace | Helsingborg, Sweden | c. 1864 • The former summer home of the royal Swedish family, the Sofiero Palace has a rich history and an expansive array of gardens. The land that holds the Sofiero Palace – also known simply as Sofiero – was first a farm before being transformed into the present-day palace renowned especially for its collection of rhododendron flowers • Sofiero’s story begins with Prince Oscar of Sweden and his wife Sophia of Nassau. While visiting Helsingborg in 1864, Prince Oscar and Sophia fell in love with a small farm called Skabelycke and decided to purchase it. They built their summer home, a one-story palace then called Sophie-Ro, and moved in two years later • After enjoying the palace for a decade, Oscar – by then crowned King of Sweden – decided to renovate and expand the home, incorporating the Dutch Renaissance style that it’s recognized for today. By 1905, King Oscar and Sophia bequeathed the palace to their grandson the Crown Prince Gustav Adolf and his wife Margareta of England as a wedding gift • Gustav and Margareta brought their love of gardening to Sofiero. Margareta, having grown up around magnificent English gardens, helped develop Sofiero’s landscape and planned out its walkways and flowerbeds. She and Gustav created rock gardens, built a greenhouse, and planted rhododendrons – which would go on to shape Sofiero’s legacy • Margareta passed away in 1920, but her memory lives on through the gardens. Gustav remarried but maintained his love for gardening, ultimately planting over 5,000 specimens of rhododendrons. Following his death in 1973, Sofiero was acquired by city of Helsingborg and is now a public park where visitors can walk through the gardens and experience their beauty • Know more? Please comment below! • 📸: @meanwhileinnowhere ✍️: @kelly.murray 📰: @wikipedia + sofiero.se • #AccidentallyWesAnderson #Symmetrical #AccidentalWesAnderson #WesAnderson #VscoArchitecture #Pursuewhatislovely #Sofiero #Swedishmoments #Helsingborg #Sweden🇸🇪

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_____________________ Hotel Nemzeti | Budapest, Hungary | c. 1896 • As a central place in Budapest’s arts and cultural scene, the Hotel Nemzeti itself can be considered a work of art. Built in 1896 and located near the city’s famed National Theater, the Nemzeti has hosted both travelers and influential cultural figures throughout the last 100 years • When the Nemzeti first opened, it was one of the most modern and sophisticated hotels of its time. Debuting the first elevator in Budapest, the Hotel also had electricity, a bathroom, and running water in every room. It’s proximity to the National Theater brought together tourists, artists & scholars within the city’s burgeoning arts scene • Now an impressive example of modern design blended with historic preservation, the Nemzeti’s current aesthetic embraces Budapest’s present and past. Among its original 19th century design is the hotel’s original staircase and its restaurant’s ceiling adorned with lead-glass and Venetian mirrors. Modern interior elements include contemporary paintings and decorative motifs • In addition to its distinctive design, the Nemzeti is also known for a particular pastry that’s both delicious—and inspired by a love affair. The delicacy in question? The hotel’s take on a chocolate cake called the Rigó Jansci. The dessert derives its name from the legendary Hungarian violinist who famously seduced Clara Ward, the Princess of Caraman-Chimay • Now an MGallery Hotel, the Nemzeti is counted among the exclusive hotels in Budapest that are high end and stand out for both their architectural heritage and historic background. Once again a central location with Budapest’s arts scene, the Hotel aims to revitalize the “Artistic Spirit of Budapest” • Know more? Please comment below! • 📸: @tommills ✍: @kelly.murray 📰: @wikipedia + @hotelnemzetibp • #AccidentallyWesAnderson #Archigram #AccidentalWesAnderson #WesAnderson #VscoArchitecture #Vscotravel #VisitBudapest #ig_budapest #Budapestagram #magyarország #Thisisbudapest #Pools #GrandHotel #BudapestHungary #Hungary🇭🇺

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________________________ Książ Castle | Wałbrzych, Poland | c.1292 • Książ Castle is the largest castle in northern Wałbrzych, Poland. Located in the Wałbrzyski Foothills, the castle overlooks the gorge of the Pełcznica river and is one of the city’s main tourist attractions with its history dating back to the 13th century • After Bohemian forces destroyed the first fortification in 1263, Duke Bolko I the Strict ordered a new castle built. Completed in 1292, the Duke took residence at the castle and gave himself the title ​Lord of Książ Centuries later. The second fortification was devastated by Hungarian military and later rebuilt in the Renaissance style, it was eventually acquired by the Hohberg family who owned it until the 1940s • The Nazi regime seized the Castle towards the end of World War II. Supervised by ​SS​ and O​rganisation Todt​ personnel, Książ became part of the vast underground Project Riese complex, a projected Führer Headquarters and future residence for Adolf Hitler. Construction was carried out through forced labor through the nearby Gross-Rosen concentration camp until the Red Army occupied the castle in 1945 • Following the War, Książ was used as a recreation home and cultural center. Much of its interior has been restored and parts of the tunnel complex beneath the castle is used by the Polish Academy of Sciences. A large memorial on the site remembers the ​Fürstenstein​ subcamp and its inmates • Know more? Please comment below! • 📸: @thereisnosky ✍: @kelly.murray 📰: @wikipedia • #AccidentallyWesAnderson​ ​#AccidentalWesAnderson​ ​#WesAnderson​ ​#VscoArchitecture​ ​#Książ #podróże #ZamekKsiąż #Schloss #Wałbrzych #Poland🇵🇱

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________________________ Berlin State Opera ​| Berlin, Germany | c. 1742 • The Berlin State Opera is Germany’s first freestanding theater and the world’s oldest state opera. Built in 1742 and designed in the ​Prussian classicist style​, the Opera has assumed many names over the centuries including ​Hofoper ​(court opera), ​Königliches Opernhaus​ (Royal Opera House) in 1844, and finally ​Staatsoper Unter den Linden​ in 1918 • Located on the city’s Unter den Linden boulevard, the Opera was commissioned by King Frederick II of Prussia shortly after his accession to the throne. Designed by architect Georg Wenzeslaus von Knobelsdorff, the Opera was inaugurated with a performance of Carl Heinrich Graun’s ​Cesare e Cleopatra • For the next 250 years, the Opera put on performances alongside the Staatskapelle Berlin, or state orchestra. By the turn of the 20th century, the Opera had burned down, been restored, renamed, and began attracting many illustrious conductors. The eventual collapse of the German Empire saw the Opera renamed once more to ​Staatsoper Unterden Linden or ‘The State Opera’ • When Hitler came into power, many of the Opera’s Jewish ensemble members were exiled. Some of its German musicians were dismissed, including conductors Kurt Adler and Otto Klempere; and Fritz Busch, who resigned in protest over Nazi rule. The Opera was subsequently destroyed during the War and underwent extensive renovations that lasted until 1955 • Today, the Opera is led by general director​ Daniel Barenboim​ and contains a seating capacity of 1,396. After a recent renovation that raised the building’s roof and improved the acoustics, the Opera was reopened with premieres of Humperdinck's ​Hänsel und Gretel​ and Monteverdi's ​L'incoronazione di Poppea • Know more? Please comment below! • 📸: @dcmpos ✍: @kelly.murray 📰: @wikipedia + meetmeattheopera.com • #AccidentallyWesAnderson​ ​#AccidentalWesAnderson​ ​#WesAnderson​ ​#VscoArchitecture​ ​#Vscotravel #BerlinStateOpera #Berlin #Germany🇩🇪

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________________________ Palazzo Bianchi | Mantua, Italy | c. 1786 • Palazzo Bianchi or Palazzo Vescovile is a palace located in Piazza Sordello in Mantua. The palace originally belonged to the Agnelli family from Mantua, who ceded the property to Rinaldo Bonacolsi in the early fourteenth century • The current building, located next to the cathedral in Piazza Sordello, was built in the mid-eighteenth century, replacing two existing buildings, by Count Guido Porta who sold it in 1756 to the Marquis Giuseppe Bianchi • Construction work ended in 1765 with the building which was enriched with a spectacular staircase and with vaulted ceilings on the first floor embellished with frescoes by Giuseppe Bazzani • Sold to the diocese in 1824 by the Marquis Alessandro Bianchi, it now houses the bishop's residence and the offices of the Curia. In 1967 the bishop Antonio Poma had an environment for the diocesan historical archive made into the basement • Know more? Please comment below! • 📸: bratislavapigeon ✍: @wikipedia • #AccidentallyWesAnderson #WesAnderson #VscoArchitecture #Vsco #TravelMore #AccidentalWesAnderson #PalazzoBianchi #Mantua #PalazzoVescovile #Italia🇮🇹

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_________________________ Quadrille Palace | Gdynia, Poland | c. 1300s • Quadrille Palace is located in Gdynia, Poland and while it is not known when the first manor building was built, it is certain that the current palace was constructed on the foundations of an older object, the history of which goes as far back as the Middle Ages. It is assumed that a gentry residence was already located here in the 14th century • The von Krockow family who owned the estate starting in 1730 made the most significant changes to the structure with the addition of the baroque and rococo residence. And by the end of the 18th century, an octagonal aviary building was built in the surrounding vast park. The palace remained in this form for over 100 years. • The estate was purchased in 1847 by baron Wilhelm von Brauchitsch who initiated a radical English neo-Gothic design reconstruction of the property. The date ‘1859' placed on the main portal of the building commemorates the end of this reconstruction, and the von Brauchitsch family coat of arms, represented by a deer jumping, is still preserved above the park-side entrance • In the 1920s, the Polish government purchased the estate and resold it to the Senator of the Free City of Gdańsk, who broke up the estate and sold its greater part (400 ha.) to be used as residential area. A decade later, a portion of the property was handed over to the Union of Polish Teachers, who were using the building until 1939 when a Gestapo unit became stationed in the Palace during WWII. During the post-war period, High School No. 1 in Gdynia was seated here for nearly 60 years • In November 2006, Przedsiębiorstwo Budowlane Górski [Górski Construction Company] took over the historic manor house and initially, sublet it to the Gdynia Film School before conducting a major renovation effort turning the property into a luxury accommodation establishment combined with a conference and training center • 📷: @funkyspion ✍: @wikipedia + @hotelquadrille • #AccidentallyWesAnderson #WesAnderson #VscoArchitecture #Vsco #AccidentalWesAnderson #Travelmore #HotelQuadrille #QuadrillePalace #Gdynia #Poland🇵🇱

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________________________ Andrea Ponti | Varese, Italy | c. 1858 • The Ponti Villas are a complex of villas built on the hill of Biumo Superior in the municipality Varese between the 17th and 19th century . The name derives from the industrialist Andrea Ponti, who acquired the complex in 1838, joined the various gardens that composed it and built the main dwelling • The complex, comprising of three buildings, is surrounded by an extensive park for several square kilometers. In 1961 the Marquis Gian Felice Ponti, the last descendant of the family, sold the entire complex of villas to the local Chamber of Commerce, which used it as a convention center • The main villa of the complex – villa "Andrea Ponti" – was built between 1858 and 1859 by the Milanese architect Giuseppe Balzaretto. The Neo-gothic structure appears monumental and is characterized by the pink and white color contrasts on the façades, developing into a cubic body, inspired by the keep of a castle, located on the highest point of the hill. The original project also included two large side wings, which would have been built with the same style, but at the behest of the same client they were not built • The interior rooms are arranged around an octagonal atrium with a 33-meter-high glass dome and are richly decorated with frescoes and stuccoes. The theme of the pictorial decorations varies throughout the different rooms • Around the villa there is an park with a small lake of spring origin housing a variety of plants and trees. The garden was designed by the same architect of the public gardens in Milan • During its history, the villa has hosted important figures such as King Umberto I in 1879, the Duke of Abruzzi in 1901 and the Crown Prince Umberto of Savoy in 1923 • Know more? Please comment below! • 📷: @moniquecharlotte ✍: @wikipedia • #AccidentallyWesAnderson #WesAnderson #VscoArchitecture #Vsco #AccidentalWesAnderson #travelmore #Lombardy #Varese #AndreaPonti #VillaAndreaPonti #VillePonti #italy🇮🇹

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_________________________ House of Nobility | Stockholm, Sweden | c. 1674 • Commissioned in the 17th century by the Swedish nobility, to whom it still belongs, The House of Nobility (Swedish: Riddarhuset) in Stockholm, Sweden is a corporation and a building, that maintains records and acts as an interest group on behalf of the Swedish nobility. It remains one of the most exquisite works of architecture in northern Europe • The name is literally translated as 'House of Knights', as the knights (Swedish: riddare) belong to the higher ranks of the Swedish nobility, sometimes also together with titles as count and baron. All esquires are also represented in the corporation which is a tradition from the Middle Ages when Sweden during the Kalmar Union only had one knight: Sten Sture • The French-born architect Simon De la Vallée started the planning of the building, but was killed by a Swedish nobleman in 1642. The plans were eventually finished by his son, Jean De la Vallée, in 1660 • The south end of the building carries the Latin inscription CLARIS MAIORUM EXEMPLIS, after the clear example of the forefathers, and holds a statue of Gustav Vasa. North of the building is a park in which is a statue of Axel Oxenstierna • Between the 17th and the 19th century the House of Nobility was a chamber in the Riksdag of the Estates, and as such, a Swedish equivalent to the British House of Lords. In the 18th century, the building was often used for public concerts • After 1866, when the old Parliament of the Estates was replaced by the new Parliament of Sweden, the location served as a quasi-official representative body for the Swedish nobility, regulated by the Swedish government. Since 2003, it has been a private institution which maintains records and acts as an interest group on behalf of the Swedish nobility, its main purpose being to maintain old traditions and culture • Know more? Please comment below! • 📷: @queeeen.anna ✍️: @wikipedia + @Riddarhuset • #AccidentallyWesAnderson #WesAnderson #VscoArchitecture #Vsco #AccidentalWesAnderson #TravelMore #Sthlm #VisitStockholm #Stockholm #Sweden #Riddarhuset #Stockholmcity #HouseOfNobility

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_________________________ Tullgarn Palace | Vagnhärad, Sweden | 1727 • • The Tullgarn Palace (Swedish: Tullgarns slott) is a royal summer palace in the province of Södermanland, south of Stockholm, Sweden that dates back to the early 1700s. It’s interior design is regarded as one of the finest in the country • • Since it was popular among Swedish royalty, the palace has many interiors designed from different epochs and personal styles, such as the breakfast room in southern German Renaissance style from the 1890s and Gustav V's cigar room, which has remained largely untouched since his death in 1950 • • It was acquired by the crown and became a royal residence in 1772. Frederick Adolf modernized the palace in neo-classical style, adding another story to the wings, giving the palace a flat Italian-style roof – His interiors are some of the finest examples of Gustavian style in Sweden • • After his death, it was granted to Frederick’s sister, Princess Sophia Albertina, who spent all her summers her until her death in 1829, when it was then granted to the heir to the throne, the future Oscar I of Sweden • • King Gustaf V (then Crown Prince) took over Tullgarn in 1881 and together with his consort Victoria, implemented extensive changes. The main building was decorated more like a modern functional summer home then a royal pleasure palace • • Much of the present interior dates from the time of King Gustav V and Queen Viktoria, including the vestibule, whose walls are covered in hand-painted Dutch tiles • • Know more? Please comment below! • • 📸: @wikipedia • ✍️: @enkulturtant • #AccidentallyWesAnderson #WesAnderson #VscoArchitecture #Vsco #Sweden #SymmetricalMonsters #Tullgarnpalace #AccidentalWesAnderson #Södermanland

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_________________________ Charlottenburg Palace | Berlin, Germany | c. 1713 • • Charlottenburg Palace or Schloss Charlottenburg is the largest palace in Berlin, Germany. It is in the Charlottenburg district of the Charlottenburg-Wilmersdorf borough • • The original palace was commissioned by Sophie Charlotte, the wife of Friedrich III, Elector of Brandenburg in what was then the village of Lietzow. Named Lietzenburg, the palace was designed by Johann Arnold Nering in baroque style. When Sophie Charlotte died in 1705, Friedrich named the palace and its estate Charlottenburg in her memory • • When Friedrich I died in 1713, he was succeeded by his son, Friedrich Wilhelm I whose building plans were less ambitious, although he did ensure that the building was properly maintained • • The palace underwent a series of upgrades through the rule of four more Friedrich’s into the 1800s. After Friedrich Wilhelm IV died, the only other royal resident of the palace was Friedrich III who reigned for 99 days in 1888 • • The palace was badly damaged in 1943 during the Second World War. In 1951, the war-damaged Stadtschloss in East Berlin was demolished and, as the damage to Charlottenburg was at least as serious, it was feared that it would also be demolished. • • However, following the efforts of Margarete Kühn, the Director of the State Palaces and Gardens, it was rebuilt to its former condition, with gigantic modern ceiling paintings by Hann Trier. From 2004 till early 2006, Charlottenburg Palace was the seat of the President of Germany, whilst Schloss Bellevue was being renovated • • Today the palace and grounds are a major visitor attraction • • Know more? Please comment below! • 📸: @florianzunker • ✍️: @wikipedia • #AccidentallyWesAnderson #WesAnderson #VscoArchitecture #Vsco #SymmetricalMonsters #Berlin #AccidentalWesAnderson #Germany

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#AccidentalWesAnderson Rajmahal Palace | Rajasthan, India | c. 1729 • • Commissioned by H.H Sawai Jai Singh II as a garden resort and a private palace for Chandra Kanwar Ranawat, his beloved wife, who was the daughter of the Maharana of Mewar, Raj Mahal Palace has a history of more than 250 years • • Built in 1729, the palace is located in the heart of Rajasthan’s capital and home to the Maharaja of Jaipur • • In 1821, Rajmahal became the official residence of the British Resident Political Officer of Rajputana and in 1958 His Highness Maharaja Sawai Man Singh II of Jaipur – the celebrated and dashing ‘Jai’ – chose it as his personal private residence before converting it to a hotel in 1979 • • Over the decades this remarkable Palace has hosted Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and HRH The Duke of Edinburgh, as well as several other members of the British Royal Family, and eminent international celebrities such as Jackie Kennedy, Lord and Lady Mountbatten, and the Shah of Iran • • Following a carefully orchestrated restoration by the prodigious designer Adil Ahmad, the palace continues to embody the heritage of its past, maintaining the original, features such as a marble staircase, elaborate chandeliers, and treasured family possessions • • Know more? Please comment below! • • 📸: @veeceecheng • ✍️: @wikipedia + @cntraveler • • #AccidentallyWesAnderson #WesAnderson #VscoArchitecture #Vsco #Rajasthan #SymmetricalMonsters #India

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#AccidentalWesAnderson Schloss Gottesaue | Karlsruhe, Germany | c. 1094 • • Gottesaue palace is based on a design by Johannes Schoch (1550-1631), Strasbourg council's chief architect at that time, and was originally intended to serve as a summer house • • Since its completion, it has had an extremely eventful history. After being destroyed a number of times in the 1689 Palatinate war of succession, it was gutted by fire in 1735 • • As the margraves of Baden-Durlach had no interest in this palace after the founding of Karlsruhe, it was rebuilt in a reduced form with a two-storey structural shell and three-storey towers • • In the following two years, it initially served as a fruit store for the margraves' demesne, then as barracks from 1818, and was later taken over by the police before it was destroyed in an air raid in May 1944 • • The ruins of the palace were a reminder of the horrors of the war for almost four decades before work on reconstructing it for the purposes of the Karlsruhe University of Music began in 1982 • • In doing so, the external structure was rebuilt in such a way as to bear witness to the changes the building has been through in its history. A modern building was created inside to serve as a modern university for music, though it features allusions, interpreted in a modern style, to the Renaissance architecture • • Know more? Please comment below! • • 📸: @fouadsleiman • • 💡: @boosuzy • • #AccidentallyWesAnderson #WesAnderson #VscoArchitecture #Vsco

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#AccidentalWesAnderson City Palace | Jaipur, India | c. 1732 • • City Palace is a palace complex in Jaipur, the capital of the Rajasthan state, India and was the seat of the Maharaja of Jaipur, the head of the Kachwaha Rajput clan • • The complex is made up of multiple buildings including The Chandra Mahal palace which now houses a museum, but the greatest part of it is still a royal residence • • The palace complex, located northeast of the centre of Jaipur city, incorporates an impressive and vast array of courtyards, gardens and buildings • • The palace was built between 1729 and 1732, initially by Sawai Jai Singh II, the ruler of Amber who planned and built the outer walls, and later additions were made by successive rulers continuing up to the 20th century • • The credit for the urban layout of the city and its structures is attributed to two architects namely, Vidyadhar Bhattacharya, the chief architect in the royal court and Sir Samuel Swinton Jacob who achieved a fusion of the Shilpa Shastra of Indian architecture with Rajput, Mughal and European styles of architecture • • Know more? Please comment below! • • 📸: @jhanviroo • #AccidentallyWesAnderson #WesAnderson #VscoArchitecture #Vsco

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