A Real-Life Howl’s Moving Castle In Đà Lạt, Vietnam

From its exterior, you wouldn’t afford this peculiar building on a nondescript road in Đà Lạt, Vietnam a second glance. But upon closer inspection, its odd facade does stick out like a sore thumb against the city’s majority French colonial-influenced villas. 

Welcome, one and all, to the Hằng Nga Guesthouse AKA the Crazy House. 

A Real-Life Howl’s Moving Castle In Đà Lạt, Vietnam

This wacky and zany monstrosity of a home was seemingly built by combining a multitude of eccentric design elements you wouldn’t find in any typical Vietnamese building and is more akin to something out of a fantasy film like say, Howl’s Moving Castle. But while there’s no real connection between Miyazaki-san’s masterpiece and this real-life guesthouse, it’s very easy to see the parallels. 

Spiral staircases, sculptural bedrooms, undulating surfaces, swathes of psychedelic colours, narrow bridges, and hidden nooks and crannies form the bulk of the Crazy House’s architecture. 

And at a glance, the building blocks are not unfamiliar as steel, cement, wood, rebar, and paint are all present. But the application and construction is a form of creative expression in of itself as evident by its lack of a singular style of design.

That said, the guesthouse’s design is often likened to expressionism which involves a fluid and non-linear approach to design. There’s hardly any right angles within the guesthouse, and instead, a complex structure of organic forms echoing natural elements may be found throughout the property.

Additionally, the aforementioned stairways and halls are also designed to resemble tunnels and caves — lending credence to its nature-inspired theme. On the outside, the building resembles a five-storey tall banyan tree with plentiful uneven-shaped window openings and branch-like appendages growing along its walls.

All in all, the Crazy House truly offers a fairytale-like appeal that most would be ecstatic to add to their IG feeds.

Address: 03 Đường Huỳnh Thúc Kháng St, Phường 4, Thành phố Đà Lạt, 

Lâm Đồng 670000, Vietnam