Built in Belgium with American wood and transported to Equatorial Guinea… Interesting, wouldn't you say?
The colour is not the point.
In Maputo, capital of Mozambique, there is a colourful green and white building very similar to this; however, it was built entirely of iron and this one is all made of wood. It's also one of the oldest buildings in Malabo, with an origin dating back to the mid-nineteenth century (the exact date is unknown). Apparently, it was commissioned by the company Ribas i Pradell and built entirely in Belgium out of American wood. Once finished, it was transferred to the island of Bioko, where it housed the Consulate of Portugal. So it remained until the early twentieth century, when it became headquarters of the company Pérez & Sons, which three decades later would hand it over in turn to another Spanish company, Muñoz & Gala. Today it is owned by the Ministry of Culture of Equatorial Guinea.