Why You Need to Know ‘Accidentally Wes Anderson’
Ever since news surfaced that Wes Anderson is curating an art exhibition opening this fall at Vienna’s Kunsthistorisches museum, called the “Spitzmaus Mummy in a Coffin and Other Treasures,” we’ve had the director and his symmetry-loving style on our minds.
Of course, his unique visual approach has attracted many fans, including Wally Koval, the creator of the colorful and often very funny Instagram account ‘Accidentally Wes Anderson.’ If you haven’t seen it, the account documents colorful architecture, quirky designs, and found tableaux shot with perfect symmetry that scream ‘Wes Anderson.’
The posts also give the context behind the subjects of the images. So we know that a building that looks like it could have been in The Grand Budapest Hotel is actually the Tartu Town Hall in Estonia that is the seat of the city government of Tartu. And a pancake shack that looks like it could have provided sustenance for Sam and Suzy as they fled their New England town in Moonrise Kingdom is, in fact, located in Krka National Park, the seventh national park in Croatia, which is named after the river Krka.
If you love Wes Anderson’s quirky film universe with its unique designs and brilliant colors, and have a penchant for travel, you’ll love @accidentallywesanderson. For your ease of viewing, we have selected some of our favorite images from the account that exemplify the spirit of this beloved director:
________________________ ‘s Lands Zeemagazijn | Amsterdam, Netherlands | c. 1656 • • s Lands Zeemagazijn (the Arsenal) is a historic building dating from 1656. Surrounded by water on two sides, it was designed by Daniel Stalpaert as a storehouse for the Admiralty of Amsterdam. The Arsenal was built in the Golden Age, when Amsterdam was the largest port and market place in the world • • At the time it opened, the storehouse held cannons, sails, flags and sailing equipment stored for the war fleet. The vaulted cellars under the inner courtyard were used to store rainwater – some 40,000 liters – to provide drinking water for the ships • • In 1791, the inside of the building was gutted by fire, leaving only the stone shell of the outer walls. The charred brickwork was covered with a layer of plaster leaving the appearance of stately blocks of sandstone • • When Napoleon entered the country and found the Batavian Republic in 1795, the five Admiralties were abolished and replaced by a national navy. The Arsenal became and remained a storehouse for the navy until the early 1970s • • In 1972, the Arsenal began a new life as a ‘storehouse’ for the best pieces of The National Maritime Museum’s collection. The museum became a national museum, which considerably expanded its options for financial support. The museum was officially opened by Princess Beatrix on April 13, 1973 • • Know more? Please comment below! • • 📸: @___geraldanne • ✍: @hetscheepvaartmuseum • #AccidentallyWesAnderson #WesAnderson #VscoArchitecture #Vsco #TravelMore #SymmetricalMonsters #Amsterdam #Netherlands #Europe #Wanderlust #sLandsZeemagazijn #NationalMaritimeMuseum #Scheepvaartmuseum
________________________ Rozelle Tram Depot | Sydney, Australia | c. 1904 • • Rozelle Tram Depot is a former tram storage and operations center that was part of the Sydney tram network and is the largest remaining tram depot in Sydney. It was turned into a food-centric complex in September 2016 • • Constructed in stages starting in 1904, the depot was a 25 road car shed accommodating 96 carriages, gradually increasing to 125 by 1907. Construction of the second half of the depot in that same year saw the depot cater to an additional 70 trams • • In 1916, a Returned Soldiers branch was established by Tramways employees and a Soldiers Memorial was erected on-site to commemorate the various depot staff who served in both World War I and World War II. Of the 1,157 Tramway men enlisted during World War I, 139 were either killed or went missing • • The depot ceased operations in November 1958 upon closure of the Glebe line. On the following day the /structure was cleared of all cars and the lines connecting the system were removed. Soon after, it was leased out to several different parties, including CHEP, the Sydney City Council and the City Tram Association • • At one stage, the complex contained six historic Sydney trams, some of which dated back to the 1930s, as well as a Leyland Royal Tiger Worldmaster bus. The trams that were in near mint condition prior to 2000 were vandalised, stripped and painted with graffiti • • In 2005 a development proposal submitted that included multi-story apartments and commercial offices ran into opposition from residents. The site had been considered for a variety of uses, including a market, artists’ studios, and performance spaces • • The last tram was removed from the space in January 2015. It was restored in Bendigo and returned for inclusion in the Tramsheds food and retail centre that opened in the complex in September 2016 • • Know more? Please comment below! • • 📸: @heyemmaclay • ✍: @wikipedia • #AccidentallyWesAnderson #WesAnderson #VscoArchitecture #Vsco #Vscotravel #ArchitectureLovers #Travelgram #TravelMore #SymmetricalMonsters #Sydney #Australia #NewSouthWales #RozelleTramDepot
_________________________ Malibu Pier | Malibu, California | c. 1905 • • The Malibu Pier was originally built in 1905 to support the shipping operations of Frederick Hastings Rindge’s Malibu Ranch. Hides, grains, fruit, and other agricultural products were transported from the ranch to the pier via private freight railroad and shipped from the pier along with other necessities • • In 1934, the pier was opened to the public mainly for the purpose of fishing, but after the bankruptcy of Marblehead Land Co. (the Rindge’s land operation) in 1936, the pier was taken over by bondholders • • By the end of 1938, the pier was extended to its current 780-foot length, and the first small bait and tackle shop building was constructed at the ocean end • • During World War II, the end of the pier actually served as a U.S. Coast Guard daylight lookout station until an intense storm in the winter of 1943-1944 which destroyed the end of the pier • • The remains of the pier were sold to William Huber’s Malibu Pier Company for $50,000 with the proviso that he would construct a building for the Coast Guard to re-occupy. After the end of the war, Huber expanded the pier and built the familiar twin buildings at the end for a bait and tackle shop plus a restaurant • • Sports fishing boats operated from the Pier until the early 1960s and the building near the land end – intended for the Coast Guard – became a restaurant in 1966 until the closure of the pier in the 1990s • • In 1980 the State of California bought the pier and it continued to operate under the State Department of Parks and Recreation • • Today the Malibu Pier is a Southern California icon in an area once called the Riviera of America and is in the heart of California’s surf culture. Surfers from around the world come to Surfrider Beach adjacent to the pier, known for its three-point break that offers rides of 300 yards or more • • Know more? Please comment below! • • 📷: @ritaingita • ✍: @castateparks • #AccidentallyWesAnderson #WesAnderson #VscoArchitecture #Vsco #Saturday #AccidentalWesAnderson #travelmore #Wanderlust #SymmetricalMonsters #California #Malibu #MalibuPier #SurfriderBeach
_________________________ National Portrait Gallery | Edinburgh, Scotland | c. 1889 • • The Scottish National Portrait Gallery is an art museum on Queen Street, Edinburgh which holds the national collections of portraits, all of which are of, but not necessarily by, Scots. Since 1889 it has been housed in its red sandstone Gothic revival building, designed by Robert Rowand Anderson • • Built in 1885, the building was donated by John Ritchie Findlay, owner of The Scotsman newspaper. The Museum opened in 1889 sharing the space with the National Museum of Antiquities, now the Museum of Scotland, until 2009 • • The building was designed in the Gothic Revival style with a combination of Arts and Crafts and 13th-century Gothic influences. Noted for its ornate Spanish Gothic style, this Category A listed building was an unusual addition to Edinburgh’s mostly Georgian Neoclassical New Town • • The design was influenced by a number of other Gothic and Gothic Revivial architectural works, in particular the rectangular Gothic Doge’s Palace in Venice and the works of George Gilbert Scott • • The origin of the collection itself can be traced to David, 11th Earl of Buchan whose portraits of famous Scots, assembled in the late eighteenth century, formed the foundation of the national portrait collection in its first conception • • Today totaling some 3,000 paintings & sculptures, 25,000 prints & drawings, and 38,000 photographs. Many of the most notable paintings were made on the Continent (often during periods of exile from the turbulent Scottish political scene) • • After being closed in 2009, for the first comprehensive refurbishment in its history, the gallery reopened in December 2011. The Scottish National Portrait Gallery is part of National Galleries of Scotland, a public body that also owns the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art and the Scottish National Gallery in Edinburgh • • Know more? Please comment below! • • 📸: @thewhitewhale • ✍: @wikipedia + @natgalleriessco • • #AccidentallyWesAnderson #WesAnderson #VscoArchitecture #Vsco #AccidentalWesAnderson #SymmetricalMonsters #Travelmore #Wanderlust #VscoTravel #Scotland #Edinburg #NationalPortraitGallery
________________________ Town Hall | Tartu, Estonia | c. 1789 • • Tartu Town Hall (Estonian: Tartu raekoda) is the seat of the city government of Tartu, Estonia. Located on Town Hall Square, in the city center, it was built in early classicist style with strong baroque features and is one of the most important symbols of the city • • The history of the town hall pre-dates the current structure, as the present building is the third consecutive town hall built on the same location. • • After the fire of 1775, Tartu began to obtain its present configuration and the Town Hall was built. The original building was designed by the master-builder of the town, Johann Heinrich Bartholomäus Walter (1734-1802). The cornerstone was laid in 1782, and although the Town Hall was festively opened in 1786, the finishing touches were not made until 1789 • • The three-storied building with a high hip-roof and a ridge tower follows the traditions of Baroque urban palaces in the Netherlands. The Town Hall of Narva, built in the 17th century, was inspired by the same example • • The building had to perform several functions simultaneously and for this reason its planning was extremely economical. In the vaulted cellar and on the ground floor there was a prison, together with the room for its guards. In the right wing – where a pharmacy has been open since 1922 – there was the city board of weights and measures • • During its existence, the Town Hall has undergone several changes from the ground floor being fully rebuilt to having temporary rooms erected to house a bank. Despite these alterations, the Town Hall has preserved its historical shape • • The Town Council and the Government continue to work in the Town Hall today, underscoring the idea that Tartu is a town of traditions • • Know more? Please comment below! • • 📷 : @milaiwanowa • ✍: @Wikipedia + @Tartulinn • • #AccidentallyWesAnderson #WesAnderson #VscoArchitecture #Vsco #Vscotravel #AccidentalWesAnderson #travelmore #Wanderlust #SymmetricalMonsters #Tartu #Estonia
_________________________ Frederiksberg Palace | Copenhagen, Denmark | c. 1699 • • Frederiksberg Palace (Danish: Frederiksberg Slot) is a Baroque residence, located in Frederiksberg, Denmark, adjacent to the Copenhagen Zoo. It commands an impressive view over Frederiksberg Gardens. The palace served as the royal family’s summer residence until the mid-19th century • • As crown prince, Frederick IV had broadened his education by traveling in Europe. He was particularly impressed by the architecture in Italy and, on his return to Denmark, asked his father, Christian V, for permission to build a summer palace on Solbjerg as the hill in Valby was then known • • The original building, likely designed by Ernst Brandenburger, was completed in 1703 as a small, one-story residence. The first major extension, converting it into a three-story H-shaped building, was completed in 1709 by Johan Conrad Ernst, giving the palace an Italian Baroque appearance • • It was Lauritz de Thurah who executed the third and final extension from 1733 to 1738 when the palace received extensions to the lateral wings encircling the courtyard • • Frederick IV spent many happy years at the palace. In 1716, he received the Russian czar Peter the Great and in 1721, shortly after the death of his first wife, Queen Louise, he married his mistress Anne Sophie Reventlow there • • After Frederick VI’s dowager wife Queen Marie died at the palace in March 1852, the building lay empty and fell into disrepair. In 1868, it was transferred to the War Ministry and the following year it became the Officers Academy • • The building has twice undergone significant restoration work, first from 1927 to 1932 and later from 1993 to 1998 • • Know more? Please comment below! • • 📸: @tejlgaard • ✍: @Wikipedia • #AccidentallyWesAnderson #WesAnderson #VscoArchitecture #Vsco #TravelMore #SymmetricalMonsters #AccidentalWesAnderson #Copenhagen #Denmark #FrederiksbergPalace
_________________________ St. Nicholas Naval Cathedral | St. Petersburg, Russia | c. 1762 • • St. Nicholas Naval Cathedral (Никольский морской собор, Nikolskiy morskoy sobor) is a major Baroque Orthodox cathedral in the western part of Central Saint Petersburg, Russia. It has always been closely associated with the Russian Navy, serving as its main shrine until the Russian Revolution • • Built as a “marine regimental church” in 1753-1762 on the sea regimental yard on the site of a wooden church to a design by Savva Chevakinsky, the main architect of the Russian Navy, the structure actually consists of two separate churches. The lower Saint Nicholas Church is located on the first floor, while the upper Epiphany Church is on the second floor. The altar of the upper church was consecrated in the presence of Catherine the Great • • In the upper church there are numerous memorial plaques for the crews of the sunken Soviet submarines, including K-278 Komsomolets. The crew of the submarine K-141 Kursk has also been commemorated there • • In 1908 the Tsushima obelisk was erected in the garden in front of the church in memory of those killed at Battle of Tsushima. In 2000 another chapel was consecrated in the lower tier of the bell tower • • St. Nicholas Cathedral is a major example of the so-called Elizabethan or Rastrellieqsque Baroque. It has the shape of a cross and is decorated by Corinthian columns, stucco architraves, a wide entablement and is crowned by five gilded domes. The church can accommodate up to 5,000 people • • Interestingly, it is also one of the few churches in St. Petersburg that has never been closed, even serving as the bishop’s seat from 1941 to 1999 • • Know more? Please comment below! • • 📸: @teresacfreitas • ✍: @Wikipedia + @visitpetersburg • #AccidentallyWesAnderson #WesAnderson #VscoArchitecture #Vsco #SymmetricalMonsters #AccidentalWesAnderson #StPetersburg #Russia #StNicholasNavalCathedral
_________________________ Crawley Edge Boatshed | Perth, Australia | c. 1930s • • The Crawley Edge Boatshed, also known as the Blue House Boat, is a well-recognized and frequently photographed site in Crawley, a suburb of Perth, Western Australia • • Thought to have been originally constructed in the early 1930s to house and shelter boats, it has changed ownership numerous times over the years and undergone various repairs and renovations over the decades after storms and floods • • In 1944 the property leading to the boatshed was purchased from Ivy French by Dr Roland and Joyce Nattrass as a site for the family home. At the time, the real estate agent insisted the boatshed had to be purchased with the block of land, for the additional payment of 5 pounds • • The Nattrass family built a larger, more modern structure around the original boatshed and utilized it until they gave it to Ron Armstrong, a Patron of the Perth Sea Scouts in 1972 • • Ownership was passed again to Barry Krollman in the 1990s – a keen sailor from the Royal Perth Yacht Club – which is located just across Matilda Bay from the boatshed and is the third oldest Yacht Club in Australia with origins tracing back to 1841 • • In early 2001, ownership finally fell back into the hands of the Nattrass family when Perth Lord Mayor Peter Nattrass purchased and extensively renovated the structure • • In 2004, it was re-launched by triple solo-circumnavigator of the world, Jon Sanders and single solo-navigator, David Dicks • • Today thousands of motorists pass the timber boardwalk leading to this unique structure on the banks of Matilda Bay. It is one of the most photographed structures in Western Australia • • Know more? Please comment below! • • 📸: @_jameswong • ✍: @Wikipedia + @AustralianGeographic • #AccidentallyWesAnderson #WesAnderson #VscoArchitecture #Vsco #SymmetricalMonsters #WesternAustralia #AccidentalWesAnderson #Perth #Australia
_________________________ Villa il Balbiano | Como, Italy | c. ~1585 • • Villa Giovio Balbiano was built by Cardinal Tolomeo Gallio at the end of the 16th century, after the drawings of Pellegrino Tibaldi, and was enlarged and embellished by Cardinal Durini in the 18th century • • In 1637, Marco Gallio, changed the layout of the grounds in order to obtain enough space to create the Italian garden. Then in 1787, when the property was sold to Cardinal Angelo Maria Durini, papal nuncio, a lover of arts and letters, patron and collector, he made the Villa an authentic place of delight by enlarging the house and garden, erecting statues and fountains, and opening new avenues between hedges and pergolas • • The facade, with simple and sober lines, punctuated by gray stone ornamental carvings, is directly reflected in the water of Lake Como. From the Strada Regina, a nymph flowered of blue iris leads to the path to the main house, lined with box hedges, where plane trees and cypresses grow • • In the late 18th century Balbiano hosted a gallant and frivolous society where festivals, banquets and dances followed one another relentlessly. The lounges housed recitation meetings, concerts or literary discussions • • Inside, the baroque frescoes by the Recchi brothers in the early 17th century can still be seen, and in the lobby, Cardinal Durini installed its rich library, known to all scholars of the time • • Nearby, where the river empties into Perlana’s lake, the pipe works commissioned by Durini to stem the flow of water can still be admired • • Know more? Please comment below! • • 📸: @juliemphotos • ✍: InVillasVeritas.com • #AccidentallyWesAnderson #WesAnderson #VscoArchitecture #Vsco #LakeComo #SymmetricalMonsters #Italy #AccidentalWesAnderson #Balbiano
________________________ Krka National Park | Dalmatia, Croatia | c. 1985 • • Krka National Park (Croatian: Nacionalni park Krka) is the seventh national park in Croatia. Proclaimed as such in 1985, it is named after the river Krka (ancient Greek: Kyrikos) that it encloses • • Located along the middle-lower course of the Krka River in central Dalmatia, Šibenik-Knin county, the park was formed to protect the river and is intended primarily for scientific, cultural, educational, recreational, and tourism activities • • Covering an area of 109 sq km, the park encompasses all seven of the river’s waterfalls. From a geological perspective, the area is predominantly a ‘karst topography’ meaning that the rocks are made up of limestone which is easily eroded and sculpted by the water • • The Krka river drops by a total height of 242 m as it passes through a series of cascades and waterfalls, which are generally regarded as some of the most beautiful in the world • • While the waterfalls tend to be the main attraction, the historical significance of the area is vast, with numerous artifacts on display. For instance, the tiny river island of Visovac is steeped in history and it is the site of both a Church and a Franciscan monastery. It has long been a place of pilgrimage but can now easily be visited on a boat trip, and even boasts its own museum • • The park has had a constant increase in attendance over the last 10 years with a sudden jump in 2015. With the park reaching upwards of 1 million total annual visitors, attendance was recently limited to 10,000 visitors per day • • *Please Note: Inclement weather may impact the sale of pancakes at the park 🥞 • • Know more? Please comment below! • 📸: @cathytides ✍: @total_croatia_news + @wikipedia + beautifulworld.com • #AccidentallyWesAnderson #WesAnderson #VscoArchitecture #Vsco #Vscotravel #ArchitectureLovers #EmptySeats #Travelgram #TravelMore #Wanderlust #SymmetricalMonsters #Croatia #Krka #KrkaNationalPark #Dalmatia #ŠibenikKnin #Pancakes
_________________________ St. Vincent Pilgrimage Church | Heiligenblut am Großglockner, Austria | c. 1491 • • The St. Vincent Pilgrimage Church is located in Heiligenblut am Großglockner, a municipality within the Central Eastern Alps. Situated at the foot of the Grossglockner, the highest mountain in the country, it is one of the most renowned and architecturally fascinating churches in Austria • • According to legend – which is visually narrated in a series of paintings inside the church – a flask of the Holy Blood, which is today kept in a sacrament house, was brought here in 914 AD from the Hagia Sophia in Constantinople by a Danish knight called Briccius, who once served Emperor Constantine VII • • On his way home across the Alps, Briccius was buried by an avalanche and in the face of death hid the relic in an open wound at his calf. His corpse was later found by local peasants at a place where three ears of wheat broke through the snow—as rendered in the Heiligenblut coat of arms • • The parish church is dedicated to St. Vincent of Saragossa with earliest records of the church dating back to 1253, while the first pilgrimage to the ‘Heiligen Bluet’ (the holy blood) was documented in 1273 • • In 1390, the decision to turn the relatively small church into a more befitting House of God marked the beginning of an almost 100-year-long construction period. On November 1st 1491, the new pilgrimage church of was consecrated – and has been able to accommodate the continuously growing number of pilgrims and visitors ever since • • The church houses a late-Gothic high winged altarpiece that dates back to 1520 along with the crypt and tombstone of St. Briccius, and the “Iron Book” containing the names of those who have perished on the Grossglockner • • Continuing with the tradition, every June the Pinzgau Pilgrimage draws hundreds of worshippers to Heilgenblut with an event marked by a mass at St. Vincent Church • • Know more? Please comment below! • • 📸: @pangea • ✍️: @Wikipedia + www.heiligenblut.at • #AccidentallyWesAnderson #WesAnderson #VscoArchitecture #Vsco #Austria #SymmetricalMonsters #AccidentalWesAnderson #HeiligenblutamGroßglockner #AccidentallyWA