Psychedelic Architecture for Radical Residents


The resurgence of psychedelia comes and goes. If we can have it in our movies (see: Ben Wheatley’s A Field in England, for starters), then why can’t we have it in our architecture? After spotting a cozy home in upstate New York that one artist gave the royal psychedelic treatment, featured below, we went searching for other bold architectural statements — structures transformed into trippy environs through paint, light, and several from the ground up. Referencing the colorful hippie communes and crash pads of the 1960s, these radical structures are sure to light your eyes on fire without all those pesky side effects.

Artist Kat O’ Sullivan creates upcycled sweaters and other clothing, but her masterpiece is the boldly colored makeover she gave her 1840 upstate New York abode.

From Alastair Gordon’s book Spaced Out: Radical Environments of the Psychedelic Sixties .

Artist Ricky Boscarino’s home and atelier, Luna Parc, is a whimsical showstopper that would make Tim Burton quake in his boots. Take a virtual tour of the home over here.

Batman’s Alley in Sao Paulo, Brazil is a graffiti artist’s dream, the drab structures transformed into a rainbow wonderland.

“With their symmetrical compositions, intricate patterns, and lush colors, Maya Hayuk’s paintings and massively scaled murals recall views of outer space, traditional Ukrainian crafts, airbrushed manicures, and mandalas.”

Fitzsimmons Architects gave this warehouse space in Oklahoma City a psychedelic makeover. The home belongs to one Wayne Coyne of the Flaming Lips. We wonder if he ever gets lost in that cave-like bathroom.

Vivid Sydney is an annual event that features light installations, performances, and other cultural happenings from creative thinkers. At the 2011 Vivid, Sydney’s historic Customs House joined the festivities when it became the recipient of a glowing neon projection.

A larger-than-life crocheted alligator playground in Brazil, created by Brooklyn-based artist Olek — who once crocheted a New York City apartment.

Here be elves. This twisting, fairy tale-inspired tree house is supposedly the tallest in British Columbia, Canada. And it already comes with its own mushrooms.

Is it a lost snapshot from the set of Stanley Kubrick’s 2001, or Zebari Bar in Shanghai?