In praise of these hyper-stylised scenes, which could have wandered straight out of a Wes Anderson movie.

The extraordinary, eccentric cinematic works of one Wesley Wales Anderson are a perennial delight to us. Our high esteem for the film director is such that, if you have seen and not liked The Grand Budapest Hotel (to our minds, the very best of the great WA), then we’re not sure we can ever truly be friends. Everything he touches is the perfect combination of beauty and whimsy, all executed to breath-taking perfection in every frame.

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HAPPY SUNDAY ADVENTURERS! ???? The one & only @PaulFuentes_Photo is one of the amazing photographers featured in our new book ????(Which you can preorder now ????) and check our Story for just another reason why Paul deserves a round of applause ???????????? • New Windsor Hotel • Phoenix, Arizona • c. 1893 • The New Windsor Hotel is really only new in name. Located on the corner of 6th Avenue and Adams Street, it is the oldest lodging in the city. Originally opened in 1893, the building has evolved from a two-story brick Victorian into a retro, neon-clad Moderne structure • After the Civil War, the U.S. government expanded railroads and the West erupted into a land grab -- at the expense of Native American tribal lands -- as pioneers, outlaws, immigrants, and freed African Americans strived to find a new life in the lands beyond the Mississippi • The city of Phoenix emerged as a center for commerce, and businessman A.D. Walsh built the 6th Avenue Hotel. It was the largest in the Arizona territory and quickly established itself as the preeminent destination for those looking to settle in Phoenix. Influenced by Gothic architecture, the original building resembled a dollhouse with opulent trim and a bright color palette • Thirty years later, the hotel was renamed the Windsor Hotel. In 1935, the building was remodeled to add a third story with a stucco facade and an overall modern look to update the Victorian aesthetic. In the 1950s after more additions, the structure was renamed once again as the New Windsor Hotel • In the 1930s, the Hotel attracted heat-weary guests with an innovative new technology: Air Conditioning. On the Hotel’s exterior, the words “air cooled” can still be seen. In 1985, the New Windsor was added to the National Register of Historic Places. As the only operating 19th century hotel in Phoenix, the Hotel now serves as single room occupancy housing for mostly elderly male residents • Know more? Please comment below! • ????: @paulfuentes_photo ??: @kelly.murray ????: @wikipedia + @downtownphoenix • #AccidentallyWesAnderson #Symmetrical #Archigram #AccidentalWesAnderson #WesAnderson #Pursuewhatislovely #dtphx #PhoenixAz #ArizonaCollective #Myphx #VisitArizona

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Imagine our delight, then, to discover an account on Instagram created in homage, not so much to the great man, but to the kind of landscapes and settings that define the signature vision that runs through his films. @Accidentallywesanderson, which began in 2017, is a whole grid dedicated to the kind of immaculate stylised symmetry and meticulous miniatures that we more often see as an expression of the director’s imagination on screen than in the wild.

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____________________ Rhaetian Railway • Graubünden, Switzerland • c. 1888 • From the lush Alpine forests of Switzerland to the magnificent palm trees of Italy, the Rhaetian Railway provides a breathtaking journey through the environments found along its route. Established in 1888, the Railway is the largest private railway network in Switzerland, with much of it winding through the Swiss Canton of Graubünden, before crossing the border to the Italian station Tirano • Founder Willem Jan Holsboer sought to connect the Alpine towns of Landquart and Davos - and a rail line was the way. Holsboer initially set out to build a standard-gauge railway, but the mountainous terrain of the region didn’t provide enough space, so in 1888, the Railway was established as a narrow-gauge line. Seven years later, the company was officially named ‘Rhaetian Railways’ • Until 1922, the Railway continued to rapidly expand its network - building new lines and acquiring existing ones. Currently, there are eleven lines that make up the mountain railway. The Bernina and the Albula lines, which weave along rivers and through high mountain passes, actually opened up many Alpine towns from isolation following their construction • Within its network, the Railway has more than 80 tunnels and 380 bridges. The Bernina line actually operates as one of the highest-altitude tracks in all of Europe, reaching 2,253 meters above sea level • Drawing from its deep-rooted history and impact on the mountain communities in the Alps, the Rhaetian Railway was named a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2008. While undoubtedly impressive in size and beauty, the Railway is also celebrated for connecting the cultures, languages, and people of Switzerland and Italy • Know more? Please comment below! • ????: @ndrskflr ??: @kelly.murray ????: @wikipedia + rhb.ch + italia.it • #AccidentallyWesAnderson #Symmetrical #Archigram #AccidentalWesAnderson #WesAnderson #Pursuewhatislovely #Graubünden #ig_switzerland #Switzerlandwonderland #SwissAlps #VisitSwitzerland #RhätischeBahn #Switzerland_vacations #switzerland????????

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The account is run by Wally Koval, an ‘Anderson fanboy’ who was inspired to start the feed following a thread on Reddit, in which users posted images of pastel-hued facades and hyper-stylised symmetry that it was hard to believe the director hadn’t had a hand in creating. Three years on, those with their eye attuned to the aesthetic send Koval submissions in their thousands every week.

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____________________ Château de Versailles | Versailles, France | c. 1661 • Originally built as a hunting lodge, the Château de Versailles emerged as an opulent palace under the reign of Louis XIV. Located in the Île-de-France region, Versailles served as the principal royal residence for well over a century until the start of the French Revolution in 1789 • In 1623, King Louis XIII returned to the region where he spent his youth and built a two-story hunting lodge. Years later, while at the lodge he discovered that his mother, Marie de’ Medici, had plotted against him to take over the French government. Louis XIII subsequently sent his mother into exile. This discovery spurred the transformation of the hunting lodge into a château • Louis XIII hired architect Philibert Le Roy to transform the lodge. Designed in the doric style, the brick and stone structure included the courtyard of the original lodge. Garden designer Jacques Boyceau enlarged the gardens and nearby parks to the massive size they remain today. When Louis XII’s son returned to the château years later, he would follow in his father’s footsteps • Like his father, Louis XIV spent his childhood at the château. In 1660, he vowed to transform the château and its gardens into the most magnificent palace of all of Europe. Throughout his reign, he continued to enlarge the space, at one point hosting up to 7,000 members of court within its walls • Versailles remained the center of the French monarchy for years. Following the French Revolution, succession of rulers, and another revolution, King Louis Phillipe took the throne. Louis Phillipe had a different vision for Versailles. In 1837, he created the Museum of the History of France in the south wing of the palace. Today, Versailles contains 60,000 pieces of French art and is listed as a World Heritage site • ????: @tomagarnier ??: @kelly.murray ????: @wikipedia + @chateauversailles • #AccidentallyWesAnderson #Archigram #AccidentalWesAnderson #WesAnderson #VscoArchitecture #Vscotravel #Pursuewhatislovely #Versailles #ChateaudeVersailles

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Talking to The Guardian shortly after he began the feed, Koval explained that though there are recurrent factors, it’s hard to define just what it is that qualifies a building or scene as ‘accidentally Wes Anderdon’. ‘The ones we see most often are a level of symmetry, a touch of colour – whether a pop of pastel, or an overall palette – and most importantly, something unique or atypical, perhaps some eye-catching juxtaposition as part of the location or façade,’ he said. Budapest, Istanbul, Berlin and Copenhagen are, he says, especially rich in the WA aesthetic.

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________________________ Regent Singapore Hotel | Singapore | c. 1982 • The Regent Singapore is a luxury hotel built around a sun-filled atrium that ascends through the building’s 12-story interior, located in the Tanglin district within the Central Region of Singapore • The city-state island country of Singapore consists of 63 islands, including the main island, which has an area of 683 sq km, and the highest point being Bukit Timah Hill at 166 meters (538 feet) located just outside the central business district where the hotel is stationed • To integrate the hotel within the historic area, a collection of original art and artifacts reflecting Singapore’s diverse cultures was carefully displayed as part of the hotel’s surroundings. Prominent pieces include the Singapore Shower sculpture in the hotel’s lobby by artist Michio Ihara and the Harmony Fountain by Stephanie Scuris • Regent Hotels was started by hotelier Robert H. Burnes with Japan’s Tokyu Group in 1970. The company was purchased by The Four Seasons organization in 1992 and all hotels under development at the time were subsequently opened under the new organization • The 440 guest room property was opened in 1982 as the Pavilion Inter-Continental, but the property was taken over 10 years later by the Four Seasons group and renamed to distinguish it from other hotels that were not managed by company • ????: @boluddha ?: @wikipedia + @regentsingapore + sbr.com.sg • #AccidentallyWesAnderson #AWATravel #WesAnderson #VscoArchitecture #Vsco #AccidentalWesAnderson #Singapore #Travelmore #RegentSingapore #Tanglin #ValentinesDay2019 #Singapore????????

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Now, there is even a book on the accidental Wes Anderson phenomenon in the development, which you can pre-order here. If you’re set to be on the receiving end of a present from us at any point in the next year, odds-on it’ll be this. Surprises are overrated, after all.

@Accidentallywesanderson, you’re our hero.

By Nancy Alsop
July 2020

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