Artitechture: The Hang Nga Crazy House in Vietnam
The imaginative brainchild of owner Mrs. Dang Viet Nga, the Crazy House has been an evolving work in progress since 1990. The building is a veritable Alice In Wonderland acid trip through an Asian jungle. The exterior resembles a five-story-high banyan tree, with twisting organic forms and very few right angles. Crooked window openings and branch-like structures “grow” along its walls and rise above the roof into the sky. Full of sculpture, paintings, mosaics, strange little nooks, misshapen windows and Asian furnishings - it is described as a “fairy tale house”. The architecture is an eccentric and eclectic tapestry of styles – think of The Hobbit, Gaudi, Salvador Dalí and Walt Disney, all wrapped into one.
Hang Nga has a PhD in architecture from Moscow and has designed a number of other buildings around Dalat. She started the Crazy House project to entice people back to nature. To help alleviate the financial burden associated with what was essentially a personal project – Nga expanded the building into a guesthouse, and opened the house to paid visits by tourists in late 1990. A shrine to her father, Truong Chinh, is in the ground-floor lounge - he was Ho Chi Minh’s successor, serving as Vietnam’s second president from 1981 until his death in 1988.
The Vietnam Crazy House, Lam Dong Province
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