One of the most striking details of the Netflix series Squid Game is where the brutal games that give the series its name take place. After being stunned by a gas, the game participants wake up in a colorful and strange place, where they have to go through a series of stairs and arches that lead to each room where the different gore challenges take place. The stairs help recreate the experience of a huge children’s playground, making the game even more gruesome and sadistic. This is all part of the mental torture that also takes place in Squid Game, but for those of us looking from the outside, it is a surprising and very interesting element that more than one dreamed of being able to visit.
But is this place real? Many believe that the stairs in the series, which is already the most watched in Netflix history, are inspired by Relativity by MC Escher (a famous lithograph by the Dutch artist that features a series of stairs leading nowhere and also inspired the films Harry Potter and Labyrinth with David Bowie) and, although it is, behind this design is also a place known as “Muralla Roja”, a building created by Catalan architect Ricardo Bofill. There might not be an island where a deadly play takes place every year, but these colorful, kid-friendly stairs really do exist. La Muralla Roja is also available for rent on AirBnB and is located in Calpe, Spain.
La Muralla Roja was built in 1973 in Alicante, in the urbanization of La Manzanera. It is an apartment building connected by a series of courtyards, towers and stairs based on geometric patterns, inspired by Africa, the Mediterranean and Arab fortresses.
The site includes several apartments, secret courtyards, saunas, a swimming pool and terraces overlooking the sea, all painted in pastel colors (red, blue and lilac), which makes the link with the childish style of the structures used. to bring the “battlefield” to life in the Netflix series. Here, the colors are not used to differentiate the goalkeepers from the players, but to create a visual separation between the accommodation and the common areas. Of course, the relationship between the Muralla Roja (which also inspired the video game Monument Valley 2) and the stairs of Squid Game is just one of the fan theories, but the resemblance is impossible to ignore, so this is a place that fans of the show are looking for and wanting to visit.
The good news is that it is possible to visit and stay there, as Muralla Roja is one of the properties that you can rent for a few days on AirBnb. And the best part is, you won’t survive on player food rations and wake up in the middle of the night to play with a Dalgona cookie or a giant doll that will kill you if you move in front of it. Will we see those crazy stairs again in the second season of the Korean series? For now, we don’t know what’s going to happen, if the series is going to take a time jump to show the origin of the games or if we will see number 456 take revenge on the game’s organizers, but anything is possible. At this point, we just need Netflix to confirm the details.
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