There’s a lot of ambivalence when it comes to the word “happy” — and we’re not just talking about our collective exhaustion regarding Pharrell’s eternal single from the Despicable Me 2 soundtrack (make it stop). But since it’s a new year and our jaded levels are set to low, we’re looking at fun and inspiring examples of “happy” architecture. These cheerful buildings and delightful designs aim to please the eye and lift the spirits with their vibrant palettes and pleasant facades. Here are a few happy works of architecture we hope will make you smile.
Fooi-Ling Khoo from OOF! Architecture, in collaboration with artist Rose Nolan, created the Hello House in Melbourne, Australia — a renovated Victorian shop with a bright brick facade. “The clients are a couple who love their neighborhood and are keen to engage with the community through their home,” Khoo explains. “Rather than using the house as a tool to shut themselves off, we thought it could be a way to be part of the ‘village’ they loved. Our conversations led to the most distinctive feature of the home, the ‘Hello’ wall.”
Photo credit: Ketsiree Wongwan
Bangkok design studio Apostrophy’s is bursting with cheerful colors and motivational quotes, like the one leading visitors up the stairs: “The struggle you’re in today is developing the strength you need for tomorrow.”
The Blaue Apotheke in Germany, a pharmacy, wants to put a smile on your face before you refill those prescription meds.
You simply can’t be surly while wandering through this topsy-turvy house in Moscow. It’s an interactive attraction that invites the public to walk on the ceilings.