Live colourfully. The most interesting colourful settlements in the world

From residential areas to slum districts - colourful settlements that immediately become tourist attractions can be found in various corners of the world. Where to look for them precisely?

Even modernist architecture can be fabulously colourful (though not only it). The most compelling colourful settlements all over the world prove that. 


Many of the buildings in La Boca (Buenos Aires) are built of corrugated steel roofing sheets. Not the material here, however, is the most important, but the use of colours - randomly selected and extremely intense. Where do so colourful patterns in the former harbour area come from? The exterior walls of La Boca were covered with coloured paints, which were left over after painting ships - this is the whole mystery behind it.


It is hard to believe but the colourful neighbourhood of Santa Maria (Rio de Janeiro) was an extensive slum seven years ago; it was inhabited by the poorest people in the region. In 2010, Dutch artists Haas and Hahn decided to repaint them. Thus today on one and the same building we can find asymmetrically whirling stripes - although each one is in the same bright colour (e.g. green), their shade is still different.


The Britz residential complex (Berlin), designed by Bruno Taut and Franz Hilinger, has all the colours of a rainbow. The colours are vivid and juicy, blue, yellow and red are predominant - the latter has even gained its name; so called Red Berlin. If we look closely, then the facade colours are primarily to emphasize particular architectural elements, including. roofs, loggias, protruding stairwells. 
It is interesting to mention here that in 2008 the large Britz residential complex (together with five other modernist complexes in Berlin) was included in the UNESCO World Heritage List.


The Costa Nova single family residential complex is a former fisherman's warehouse, painted in narrow, colourful vertical stripes, mostly red, blue, yellow, green ... (There are, however, but it is rare, buildings with horizontal stripes.) What is important, each one has a unique colour that is only reserved for them. It therefore comes as no surprise that today's peculiarly painted cottages have been named - palheiros.


A kaleidoscope of colours - this is how we can describe Balat in brief, the old Jewish district of Istanbul. Old Ottoman houses are painted with vivid and intense colours - from red, green and blue to canary yellow. Since most of the exterior walls are common, the contrasting colours usually appear alternately, this kind of principle was adopted.