10 Beautiful Blue Buildings from Around the World

What’s more rare than a blue moon? A beautiful blue building! If you haven’t heard, there will be a blue moon rising in the Eastern sky tonight at 7:25pm. One of the more famous astrological occurrences (thanks in part to the world’s most popular love song), a blue moon isn’t actually blue, it’s just the term used to describe the second full moon in a month, which appears, on average, every 2.7 years.

In talking about the significance of the shade, Yves Klein, the French artist famous for his monochromatic paintings of the hue, said that “blue has no dimensions; it is beyond dimensions, whereas the other colours are not… blue suggests at most the sea and sky, and they, after all, are in actual, visible nature what is most abstract.” In honor of tonight’s lunar event, we thought we’d take a look at some of the most intriguing blue architecture in the world to see if his statement holds up. From a design experiment exploring the psychological effects of living in an entirely blue world to Frida Kahlo’s cobalt colored home in Mexico City, click through to check out some of the most beguiling blue buildings around the world.

Didden Village by MVRDV — Rotterdam, The Netherlands

Image credit: Rob ‘t Hart via ARQA; ArchitectureTrips

An imaginative rooftop mini-village by the avant-garde Dutch design firm MVRDV is statement architecture at its very best. Each structure is a private residence, but each room is a separate house. Trees and picnic benches are installed in the “alleys” throughout.