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Construction of a new room at the Crazy House in Da Lat, Vietnam

The Crazy House

The Hằng Nga guesthouse, better known as the Crazy House is an extremely unique and ever-growing building in the mountainous city of  Đà Lạt,  in south-central Vietnam.

An Architectural Fantasy

Even if you are not an architecture buff, you will want to visit this fantastical guesthouse when you are in the area. The Crazy House is unlike any building you have ever been to before. The guesthouse resembles a giant meandering tree… from another world. Curving, undulating, organic, and cavernous. To describe it as surreal is a severe understatement.

An exterior example of the new, ever-expanding construction
An exterior example of the new, ever-expanding construction

Opened to the public in 1990, this ongoing project was conceived and designed by Vietnamese architect Đặng Việt Nga. Inspired by the Spanish surrealistic architect, Antoni Gaudí, Đặng Việt Nga goes one step further by using paintings and drawings rather than traditional blueprints for her otherworldly designs. The construction is completed by a team of non-traditional local craftsman.

Daisey stands in one of the many interconnecting hallways
Daisey stands in one of the many interconnecting hallways

A fantastical world unto itself

In spite of the ongoing construction and the throngs of visitors, the Hằng Nga Guesthouse is a functioning lodge. There are many completed rooms for rent by the night. Each room is a unique fantastical world unto itself. Unfortunately, while we were visiting, there were no rooms available. However, we hope to return to stay in another world — even if for one night. Can you imagine…

A completed room at he Crazy House in Da Lat, Vietnam
A completed room at the Crazy House

Author: Britt

Britt is a photographer/music producer & proud member of #teamtraynham

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