You can only imagine the coughs and splutters from certain more traditional quarters when the idea for the Happy Rizzi House was first mooted to the council of a historical German city. SpongeBob SquarePants might be happy taking up residence inside its day-glo walls but some of the elders of the ancient German city of Braunschweig in Germany were most certainly not amused.
Worse still, the planners wanted it to be placed in the city's most historic area, the Magni quarter. Many were agog that this outrageous idea could even be proposed, let alone accepted. Yet 15 years later the Happy Rizzi House is part of the city's landscape and most denizens of Brunswick would be loathe to see it torn down.