North Korean Fairyland Shot by Oliver Wainwright

Guardian design and architecture critic Oliver Wainwright delivers his album of travel pictures after a summer trip in Pyongyang, North Korea and it’s quite different from the idea that we have of this city, overhung by a depressing atmosphere.

Overflowing with ice cream pastel hues, the interiors are characterized by a ruthless symmetry and kitschy decoration. The Auditorium of the National Theatre and May Day Stadium are some of public buildings that have been recently renovated with Soviet-era fittings into candy-colored fairyland, easily getting confused with Wes Anderson stage sets!