A Wes Anderson movie is a fully realised world, in large part due to the locations and set decoration that begin as meticulous notes in the margins of his scripts. Now an Instagram account called Accidentally Wes Anderson is sharing real-world locations that could easily be the backdrops to this film director’s quirky characters’ adventures.
The Accidentally Wes Anderson Instagram account is interior inspiration deluxe
_________________________ Central Fire Station | Marfa, Texas | c. 1938 • • The Marfa Central Fire Station and annex was built in 1938 and houses the entire 17-member Marfa Volunteer Fire Department across from the Presidio County Courthouse in downtown Marfa, Texas • • The City of Marfa established the MVFD in early 1900s but according to a 1938 article in the Big Bend Sentinel, many of the department records were lost or misplaced • • While most of the department’s history is now based on memory, it was founded in 1905 with 10 men – Walter Wilcox was the first fire chief • • The department became incorporated in the mid-1990s, meaning it is a separate entity managed by its members and board of directors – which helps to secure grants. The department is not technically owned by the county or the city, however they serve both political subdivisions • • The town of Marfa was founded in the early 1880s as a railroad water stop. It was named at the suggestion of the wife of a railroad executive, although some historians have hypothesized that the name came from a character in Fyodor Dostoevsky’s novel The Brothers Karamazov • • Know more? Please comment below! • • 📸: @emprestridge • ✍️: @wikipedia + @waymarking • #AccidentallyWesAnderson #WesAnderson #VscoArchitecture #Vsco #SymmetricalMonsters #Marfa #AccidentalWesAnderson #Texas
The idea began as a Subreddit called AccidentalWesAnderson where users share pictures of hotels, palaces or street scenes that could be mistaken for a still from Moonrise Kingdom or The Grand Budapest Hotel. Brooklyn-based Wes Anderson super-fan Wally Koval brought the game over to Instagram where he elaborates on images submitted by followers by sharing the location and other factual information about the buildings in the shots. The result is an aesthetic travel guide that’s seriously stoking our wanderlust.
#AccidentalWesAnderson Chesme Church | Saint Petersburg, Russia | c. 1780 • • Church of Saint John the Baptist at Chesme Palace, also called the Church of the Nativity of St. John the Baptist, is a small Russian Orthodox Church in Saint Petersburg, Russia • • It was built by the Russian court architect Yury Felten in 1780, at the direction of Catherine the Great, Empress of Russia • • It was erected adjacent to the Chesme Palace to commemorate the anniversary of Russia’s 1770 victory over Turkish forces in Chesme Bay in the Aegean Sea during the Russo-Turkish War of 1768–1774. • • The church and the Chesme Palace became a labour camp when the Soviet government occupied it and In 1923, the church was closed and used as a storehouse • • Between 1941 and 1945, the church suffered damages during the “Great Patriotic War”, then during the Second World War, the Institute of Aviation Technology took possession of the Church and the Chesme Palace • • During 1970–75, it was fully restored under the supervision of the architects M.I. Tolstov and A.P. Kulikov, and in 1977, the church became a museum of the Battle of Chesme (with artifacts from the Central Naval Museum) • • Religious control was restored to the Russian Orthodox Church in 1991, and regular church services have been held at the church since then • • Know more? Please comment below! • • 📸: @piffpaffpuff • ✍️: @wikipedia • #AccidentallyWesAnderson #WesAnderson #VscoArchitecture #Vsco #StPetersburg #Russia
What makes the cut? Anywhere The Royal Tenenbaums might feel at home. Think buildings or interiors that contain an uncanny symmetry, pastel interiors or odd colour combinations, antique furniture and typographic signage with bonus points for Futura, Anderson’s font of choice. The architectural inspiration ranges from Art Deco and Art Nouveau to buildings that look like confectionery. Lighthouses and portholes get the nod thanks to The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou, and castles will do, as will train carriages like those in The Darjeeling Limited.
#AccidentalWesAnderson Eastern Columbia House | Los Angeles, CA | c. 1930 • • The Eastern Columbia Building, also known as the Eastern Columbia Lofts, is a thirteen-story Art Deco building located in the Broadway Theater District of Downtown Los Angeles • • The building opened on September 12, 1930 after just nine months of construction as the new headquarters for the Eastern Outfitting Company and the Columbia Outfitting Company • • At the time of construction, the City of Los Angeles enforced a height limit of 150 feet, however the decorative clock tower was granted an exemption, allowing the clock a total height of 264 feet • • The building is widely considered the greatest surviving example of Art Deco architecture in the city. It is one of the city’s most photographed structures and was designated as a Historic-Cultural landmark in 1985 • • Know more? Please comment below • • 📸: @elizabethdaniels01 • • #WesAnderson
Wally describes the account as ‘a lookbook for avid travellers and aspiring adventurers – a taste of the unending opportunities to experience distinctive design and unexpected narratives’ and urges followers to ‘come along as we add to our bucket list of daydream destinations and discover what’s behind these beautiful facades’.
#AccidentalWesAnderson Malmö Latin School | Malmö, Sweden | c. 1878 • • • “Malmö latinskola” or Malmö Latin School was founded in 1406 when Pope Innocentius VII issued a letter of privilege to the citizens of Malmö. From the beginning, the subjects that dominated the curriculum were that of Christianity and Latin • • Since the school’s introduction over 600 years ago, there have been an uninterrupted continuance of educational activities • • Over the years a total of 6 name changes also took place, finally settling on the current “Malmö latinskola” in 1959 • • The school building itself is a bit of a compilation with an interesting background. After moving from the first location at Själbodgatan in connection with St. Peter’s Church in the early 19th century, it was decided the school would move to the so-called Dringenberg farm at Västergatan • • So in 1878 the current main building with its annex in Rörsjöstaden was completed. A gymnasium building was then commissioned in 1879, and new buildings have since been introduced in the 1920s, the late 1950s, and mid 1970’s • • Prior to the renovation of the school’s aula in 1992, Pope John Paul II gave $ 10,000 to the purpose after the student council had sent a Latin-written appeal for support to the pope whose representative contributed to the founding of the school in 1406 • • In 1999, the former white painted school was painted the current and distinct yellow hue • • Above the entrance to the school, the text in (*)Swedish reads: “Of the Lord’s fear is the beginning of wisdom” • • Know more? Please comment below! • • 📸: @meanwhileinnowhere • ✍️: @wikipedia • 🙌: @linnealovisa (*)Awesome edit! 🙌 • #AccidentallyWesAnderson #WesAnderson #VscoArchitecture #Vsco #Malmö #SymmetricalMonsters #Sweden #ISavedLatin
The Instagram account has amassed over 200K followers since its inception in June last year. Istanbul, Budapest, Berlin and Copenhagen are the cities that feature most. Set for release in cinemas on 23 March, Wes Anderson’s latest film Isle of Dogs is a stop-frame animation set in Japan. We can’t wait to see the Anderson-inspired Japanese architecture and interiors that will inevitably begin to pop up in our Instagram stream.
____________________ Konzerthaus Berlin | Berlin, Germany | c. 1821 • • The Konzerthaus Berlin is a concert hall situated on the Gendarmenmarkt square in the central Mitte district of Berlin, housing the German orchestra Konzerthausorchester Berlin • • Built as a theatre from 1818 to 1821 under the name of the Schauspielhaus Berlin, its usage changed to a concert hall after the Second World War and its name changed to its present one in 1994 • • After the building’s predecessor, the National-Theater was destroyed by fire a in 1817, the new hall was designed by Karl Friedrich Schinkel between 1818 and 1821 and inaugurated on June 18, 1821 with the acclaimed premiere of Carl Maria von Weber’s opera Der Freischütz • • During the 1848 Revolution its main auditorium housed the Prussian National Assembly for several weeks in September, with the Gendarmenmarkt a major arena of political events • • After World War I the Schauspielhaus reopened under the name of Preußisches Staatstheater Berlin in October 1919. It soon became one of the leading theatres of the Weimar Republic, a tradition ambivalently continued after the Nazi takeover in 1933 • • Severely damaged by Allied bombing and the Battle of Berlin the building was rebuilt from 1977 onwards and reopened as the concert hall of the Berliner Sinfonie-Orchester in 1984 with a gala concert • • The exterior, including many of the sculptures of composers, is a faithful reconstruction of Schinkel’s designs, while the interior was adapted in a Neoclassical style meeting the conditions of the altered use • • The great hall is equipped with a notable four-manual pipe organ built by Jehmlich Orgelbau Dresden in 1984. The organ has four manuals and pedal, 74 stops and 5,811 pipes • • Acoustically, the hall is considered to be amongst the five best concert venues in the world for music and/or opera • Know more? Please comment below! • • 📸: @lindaberlin • • ✍️: @wikipedia • • #AccidentallyWesAnderson #WesAnderson #VscoArchitecture #Vsco #SymmetricalMonsters #AccidentalWesAnderson #Berlin #Germany
_________________________ Sampo Icebreaker Ship | Helsinki, Finland | c. 1960 • • The Sampo is a Finnish icebreaker – a special-purpose ship designed to navigate through ice-covered waters, and provide safe waterways for other boats • • Originally built in 1960 in Helsinki, it has had a long and distinguished service record and now operated out of Kemi • • The massive vessel, which was completed in 1961, was built to operate in extreme arctic conditions. In the northern part of the Gulf of Bothnia it kept lanes free for shipping for nearly 30 years • • Its predecessor of the same name (1898–1960) was the first icebreaker in Europe with a propeller in the bow and stern. The ship is now used for tourist cruises • • The town of Kemi bought Sampo from the National Board of Navigation in 1987 at a price of 19 pennies per kilogram i.e. 1 million Finnish Mark (about 167 000 €) • • Just by making a purchase decision Sampo got the Finnish Tourist Boards reward of Best Tourism Product of the year 1987 • • During the late winter 1988 Sampo started its career among tourism, making its first cruise with foreign and domestic media. The following year, the ship had 1000 passengers and in 1994 the record was 6000 passengers • • While doing tourist cruises Sampo also continues to keep lanes free for shipping in the northern Gulf of Bothnia • • Know more? Please comment below! • • 📸: @zenafterlife • ✍️: @wikipedia • #AccidentallyWesAnderson #WesAnderson #VscoArchitecture #Vsco #SymmetricalMonsters #Finland #AccidentalWesAnderson #Sempo #Kemi
#AccidentalWesAnderson Central Penitentiary | Lisbon, Portugal | c. 1880 • • The Estabelecimento Prisional de Lisboa (Lisbon Prison Establisment) is the name given to a prison facility located in the municipality of Lisbon, Portugal • • Operating under the tutelage of the Court of Appeals, it can reach a capacity of 887 inmates • • The prison is modeled in the style of traditional Portuguese architecture, which, like all aspects of Portuguese culture, is marked by the history of the country and the numerous cultures that have settled and influenced the current Portuguese territory • • From the Romans, Suebians among other related Germanic peoples, Visigoths and Arabs, as well as the influence from the main European artistic centres from which were introduced to the broad architectural styles: Romanesque, Gothic, Renaissance, Baroque and Neoclassicism • • Among the main local manifestations of Portuguese architecture are the Manueline, the exuberant Portuguese version of late Gothic; and the Pombaline style, a mix of late Baroque and Neoclassicism that developed after the Great Lisbon earthquake of 1755 • • Know more? Please comment below! • • 📸: @rgcbatista • • #AccidentallyWesAnderson #WesAnderson #VscoArchitecture #Vsco #Lisbon #Portugal