Dalat crazy house

(mongvuongthan.vn) — Wild, weird, wonderful... There are many ways lớn describe the Crazy House (also known as Hang Nga Guesthouse) in Dalat, a relaxed mountain resort town in southern Vietnam.
Standing in stark contrast to Dalat"s French colonial villas, the bizarre avant garde guesthouse is a maze of spiral staircases, sculptural bedrooms, undulating surfaces, swirls of bright colors, narrow bridges and hidden nooks.

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The artist behind the structure, 79-year-old Dang Viet Nga, says it"s the ultimate expression of her imagination.
"Crazy House is a culmination of my life và creativity -- it all came together in this structure," Dang, daughter of Vietnam"s former general secretary Truong Chinh, tells mongvuongthan.vn Travel.
After earning a PhD in architecture in Moscow, Dang worked for several years in Russia then moved to lớn Hanoi, where she worked on government projects.
On a business trip khổng lồ Dalat, Dang says she fell in love with the lush landscape, cooler climate and kind people and hoped khổng lồ eventually move there.

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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 lớn communicate her fantastical vision.
As a size of expressionist architecture, the house has no right angles but rather organic forms that are designed to lớn mirror natural elements, lượt thích mushrooms, shells, caves and spiderwebs.
"With this form, you have lớn try to free your mind," she says. "There are no rules -- aside from basic structural principles -- it"s all about self-expression."
When it came time to construct the house, Dang used various types of materials, including steel, wood & concrete.
"My mother used a lot of concrete because it"s inexpensive and very easy lớn play with," says her son Nguyen, who is now 44.
"I felt that, over the last century, people have really destroyed nature. Not just in Vietnam, but around the world," says Dang. "So I wanted to lớn create a structure that brings people closer to nature."
An elevated main house, which looks lượt thích it belongs in Hansel & Gretel, sits in the center of an mở cửa courtyard, surrounded by four enormous tree houses.

Sinuous cement "branches," which double as bridges, twist and wind between the various houses so people can move from one to lớn 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 tree houses, where 10 guest rooms -- each named after an animal or type of plant -- are full of organic shapes, cavern-like beds, & wooden seating areas.
"But it"s also a message to others lớn think outside of the box. Don"t limit yourself by the rules và the expectations -- không lấy phí your mind và let your imagination run wild."
Following her own advice, Dang is continues lớn dream up new additions khổng lồ the property while Nguyen now manages the business.
She is currently dreaming up two new gardens -- a Land Garden & a Sky Garden -- to địa chỉ more greenery & flowers, as well as another tree house.
"I would say that Crazy House will never really be finished," says Nguyen. "It"s lượt thích a living thing. It is always changing."
In addition to staying in one of Crazy House"s guest rooms, visitors can also tour the Dalat attraction for a fee. Though there"s no restaurant, visitors can purchase drinks và snacks at a stall in the garden.
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