Inside the multi-coloured town where houses look like LEGO buildings

A UKRAINIAN town looks like it is made of LEGO, with multi-coloured houses and buildings.

Comfort Town, a suburb in Kiev, was completed in 2019, and is a stark contrast to the other grey, Soviet buildings surrounding it.

The buildings are painted in bright yellows, green and oranges and pinks, which includes the exterior walls and roofs.

Many have likened them to Lego buildings, or like houses and hotels in Monopoly.

Designers Dmytro Vasyliev, Aleksandr Popov and Olga Alfiorova were behind the project, according to Architecture Digest, and took 11 years to complete it on a strict budget.

The idea was to attract people to want to move to the area, by transforming the residential area – which covers 115 acres, about 1.5 times the size of Disneyland – into something more beautiful.

Mr Vasyliev told the LA Times: “The only instrument we had to work with was colour.

“We used the simplest materials, the simplest techniques. We really just had the colour and the lines of the skyline.”

Inside the colourful suburb are cafes, shops and offices, as well as a huge outdoor sports facility and 8,500 flats.

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The bright colours have seen house buyers flock to the region. In February 2020, it was reported that more than 200 houses were selling per month, the highest in the country.

More than 20,000 people live in Comfort Town now.

Zhanna Rzhanova, a spokeswoman for the developers of Comfort Town, said: “Either you love it or you hate it. There’s nothing in between.”

It isn't the only rainbow town – a small resort town in Western Turkey was painted multi-coloured as part of a worldwide project.

Kuşadası, located off the Aegean coast, is popular with tourists thanks to its proximity to Ephesus, a busy cruise port for travellers.

And the island of Banwol, in South Korea, decided to paint everything in purple to match the local flower, campanula.

A village in Malaga attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors every year thanks to the fact that every building there is painted blue.

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