Retro feels, pastel hues, and symmetrical buildings are just some of the recurring themes in the works of cult filmmaker Wes Anderson – and it turns out similar places exist in real life.
His account is a space dedicated to sharing photos of buildings and landmarks around the world that look like they could be straight out of one of his films.
Koval told Business Insider: “I have always been a big fan of Wes Anderson’s work, developing a bit of a fascination for the extraordinary aesthetic he brings to the locations and settings portrayed in his films. When I started seeing real-life Anderson-esque locations pop up on the Subreddit, I became intrigued to know more about the history and background behind the facades, so I started digging.”
Now, he manages the Instagram account with his fiancée Amanda, whom he calls their “chief location scout.”
“@AccidentallyWesAnderson is a community, an inspiration, and an adventure – we explore the intersection of distinctive design and the unique narratives that typically follow. We hope to contribute to an unending bucket list of travel destinations, and perhaps help someone put a new pin in their own map,” he said.
Ahead of the release of Anderson’s new film “Isle of Dogs” later this month, Koval shared a selection of photos from the account with Business Insider. From palaces in Jaipur to Berlin’s “gritty” rapid transit systems and dreamy Art Deco buildings in Downtown LA, scroll down for some Wes Anderson-inspired travel inspiration – bucket lists at the ready.
*Photographers are listed by their Instagram usernames along with the year each landmark was built.
Lake Shore Place, Chicago, c. 1926 — @HasoTaso
Stadtbad Lichtenberg, Berlin, Germany, c. 1928 — @Berlinstagram
Eastern Columbia House, Los Angeles, California, c. 1930 — @ElizabethDaniels01
Jane Station, Toronto, Canada, c. 1968 — @CailenSpeers
New Windsor Hotel, Phoenix, Arizona, c. 1893 — @johnnyhifi
Gold Crest Motel Wildwood Crest, New Jersey, c. 1967 — @TylerHaughey
Grand Hotel Europa, Prague, Czech Republic, c. 1889 — @__andreaRossi__
Flam Line, Aurland, Norway, c. 1941 — @MonicaMCoyle
Husavik Light, Husavik, Iceland, c. 1956 — @Matthijsvmierlo
Corfe Castle Station, Dorset, England, c. 1885 — @cat_gericke
Gartenstadt Falkenberg, Berlin, Germany, c. 1913 — @Ariangora
Little Chalet Motel, Manitoba, Canada, c. 1950s — @zachdriftwood
Central University Library, Bucharest, Romania, c. 1895 — @RaidenBucharest
National Tobacco Company, Napier, New Zealand, c. 1931 — @Dan_Fossy
Washington State Ferry, Southworth, Washington, c. 1951 — @kimakimberlin
C14 Metro Car, Stockholm, Sweden, c. 1989 — @Teklan
Central Fire Station, Marfa, Texas, c. 1938 — @Emprestridge
Norourgaroi Lighthouse, Reykjavik, Iceland, c. 1945 — @WalkInMoccasins
Bastei Building, Cologne, Germany, c. 1924 — @GeliKlein
Tramway Car, Lisbon, Portugal, c. 1873 — @JackSpicerAdams
S Bahn Train, Berlin, Germany, c. 1930 — @sivad_ekim
Tower Theatre, Roseville, California, c. 1940 — @BadBadisnotGoodGood
Malmo Latin School, Malmo, Sweden, c. 1878 — @MeanwhileinNowhere
Hawa Mahal, Jaipur, India, c. 1799 — @WinnieAriane
Hotel Opera, Prague, Czech Republic, c. 1891 — @ValentinaJacks
The Princess Hotel, Pembroke, Bermuda, c. 1885 — @AlishyLishy