The town of El Alto, Bolivia, a stronghold of the indigenous Aymara people, has recently gone from bland brick buildings to a whimsical wonderland thanks to developer Freddy Mamani Silvestre. Several years ago, Silvestre started building “Andean palaces” for the emerging Aymaran middle class. There are now more than six dozen of these “palaces” throughout the city, featuring bright colors with geometric motifs and extravagant adornments. Here is a look inside the unique architectural movement via Curbed.
Mamani does not have architectural training, but that isn’t slowing him down. His buildings are extremely popular with locals, who pay between $300,000 and $600,000 for units, all of which come with a two-story ballroom.
[Curbed] — Christopher Cameron