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‘Squid Game’ Architecture Looks A Lot Like This Vivid Spanish Airbnb Location
By Mikelle Leow, 14 Oct 2021
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The key difference between these flights of stairs is that one set takes you to a rooftop view of rocky cliffs, while the other leads you to a fight to the death. Red or blue? You decide.
Now the most popular Netflix show of all time, Squid Game has been credited for proliferating South Korean culture into the world, but it’s also teaching viewers some unexpected things, like the existence of this geometric postmodern apartment complex in Manzanera, Calpe, Spain.
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Most might associate the colorful, labyrinthic design of La Muralla Roja (The Red Wall) with the chillingly childlike stairs in the South Korean thriller drama. In truth, the Spanish structure is much older than the set—it was designed by architect Ricardo Bofill in 1968 and completed in 1973.
i think we should talk about “la muralla roja” in calpe, spain designed by ricardo bofill because i feel like squid game’s creators may have taken inspiration from it pic.twitter.com/w1P74hxeGU— helen⁷ (@etherealwordsx) September 26, 2021
The resemblance is so striking, ArchDaily believes that Squid Game’s version is “clearly inspired by” Bofill’s minimalist apartment complex.
La Muralla Roja itself is a fusion of historical architecture, drawing from the Kasbah and North-African adobe buildings, which connect apartments and communal areas via staircases and bridges.
The complex is painted red to stand out from its surroundings, with blue, indigo, and violet blending into the sky.
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And yes, you can most certainly sleep here and wake up alive. Instead of game rooms and cold, hard warehouses stacked with beds, the stairs and patios of La Muralla Roja connect 50 apartments of studio, two-bedroom and three-bedroom layouts.
Some of them have been converted into Airbnb rentals, with prices starting from US$110 a night.
As part of their stay, guests can take a dip in the complex’s swimming pool and lounge at the roof terrace, overlooking cliffs by the Balearic Sea.
The most important thing is that, unlike the deceptive appearances of the games, this beautiful experience is probably as good as it sounds.
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Photo 228951049 © Cristina Rodriguez Rodriguez | Dreamstime.com
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[via New York Post and ArchDaily, images via various sources]
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