Transformers have built up quite a reputation

Central Station | 14 Jul 2017

The Transformers have been transformed again. Already featured as toys and video games, comic books, movies and TV series, they've now been reconfigured as colorful multistory buildings looming over the hard- scrabble streets of El Alto, Bolivia, the world's highest city.

Santos Churata, a fan, designs the facades and interiors of lurid colors, jutting angles and plenty of gleaming metal.

"I think it brings out your inner child," he said.

So far, Churata has designed five buildings inspired by the Optimus and Sentinel Prime characters, and one by a non-Transformer robot, The Iron Giant. The rental ballroom on the ground floor of one building looks like the interior of a gargantuan toy. Flats hide behind the gaudy decor on the floors above.

"It's as if you were on a journey to the future or to space, with tridimensional figures that make you feel as if you're in constant movement," he said. El Alto, at an elevation of 4,150 meters, has about one million people.

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