These gorgeous travel photos are the ultimate in Accidental Wes Anderson

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The fictional worlds evoked in film by director Wes Anderson are instantly recognisable by their precise symmetry, eye-catching backdrops, and obscure colour palettes: from the skies, to the buildings, to the furniture, to the very outfits donned by the characters, everything is picturesque, incredibly dream-like, and as far from the real world as possible.

Or is it?

The people of Reddit have joined forces to share the ‘Accidentally Wes Anderson’ locations that they have stumbled across in the real world, and they make for some truly spectacular photographs. Scroll through to see just a handful of our favourites...

  • Ak Orda Presidential Palace, Astana, Kazakhstan

    Wes Anderson doesn’t work on huge budget movies – but the set design is always phenomenal. This clean-cut palace would fit right at home in his movie catalog, we think…

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  • Grimm Zentrum Library, Berlin

    Within his films, Wes Anderson likes to use symmetry in the majority of his shots – so we imagine he’d be a big fan of this stunning library.

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  • The elevators at The Pierre Hotel, Manhattan

    This hotel, tucked between 61st Street & Fifth Avenue, boasts some of the prettiest and most Anderson-esque decor we’ve ever seen.

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  • Belle Isle Aquarium, Detroit

    This aquarium has been decked out in that same vintage boy-scout green we see in Moonrise Kingdom – and it makes for a very Instagrammable destination, in our opinion.

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  • Bathrooms at Sketch, London

    The bathrooms are great – but they’re just the tip of the iceberg when it comes this foodie destination. Sketch is set over two expansive floors of a converted 18th century building in Conduit Street, Mayfair, London – and every last bit of it is beautiful.

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  • A locker room in North Korea

    Unnervingly quiet, and decked out in corals and sea greens, this locker room definitely wouldn’t feel out of place in a Wes Anderson movie.

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  • A modernist theatre in Le Corbusier's Chandigarh

    It’s certainly in need of some extensive (and no doubt costly) renovation work, but it would be so worth it to watch a Wes Anderson film inside this theatre.

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  • Lobby Bar of The Graduate Hotel - Oxford, Mississippi

    Yes, those really are books under the bar – perfection.

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  • Conference room, North Korea

    This is, without a doubt, the same colour palette used in Moonrise Kingdom. Throw in the perfect symmetry and you have the ideal Wes Anderson scene.

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  • The Grand Hotel, Mackinac Island

    We can’t believe that this room was created without Wes Anderson firmly rooted in the designer’s mind,,,

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  • A hotel in Petra, Jordan

    Have we found the real-life inspiration for The Grand Budapest Hotel?

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  • Station escalations, Singapore

    The pink, the parallel lines, the perfect symmetry… it’s as if we’ve stumbled straight into The Grand Budapest Hotel.

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  • The Exchange District in Winnipeg, Manitoba

    Is it the snow, the arched windows, or the well-dressed man walking across the bottom of the ‘set’? Either way, this could be a still from any Wes Anderson film.

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  • A clock tower on the island fortress of Suomenlinna, Helsinki

    We can just imagine the children of Moonrise Kingdom absconding to this island.

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  • Airport waiting area, New Orleans

    This airport is tinged with that same very particular French mustard that comes to define Gwyneth Paltrow’s Margot Tenenbaum in The Royal Tenenbaums.

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  • The Grand Hotel, Mackinac Island

    Wes Anderson may favour a pastel palette, but he isn’t opposed to using bold reds to make a statement – which is why this bedroom feels so very Anderson-esque.

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Kayleigh Dray

Kayleigh Dray is Stylist’s digital editor-at-large. Her specialist topics include comic books, films, TV and feminism. On a weekend, you can usually find her drinking copious amounts of tea and playing boardgames with her friends.