Science fiction is a gateway to fantastical realms that still take inspiration from grounded and realistic concepts. In this article, we shall explore the architectural ideas that have been implemented in various sci-fi media through the years and what they say about the culture that implemented them.
Black Panther (Wakanda):
The architectural style that pervades Wakanda is called Afrofuturism: a physical manifestation of African culture presented with a futuristic approach. Inspired from Zaha Hadid's projects, the city retains the vernacular material choice with a blend of modernity and curves.
Asgard, a world of organized chaos, was computer generated using Fractal Geometry. The city is a collection of gleaming pyramids, intricate spires, statues and columns surrounding the main Palace – a multiple tiered structure resembling a towering pipe organ.
The show uses ideas from Parametric architectural style. Parametric tower above the clouds seems to resonate Voronoi Morphologies. Concept for supertall hanging skyscraper came from Analemma Tower.
Harry Potter (Hogwarts):
Medieval Gothic: A mixture of several styles can be seen in this series, including Norman Romanesque, Gothic and Gothic Revival. Use of massive semi-circular arches over windows and doorways, arched cloisters (semi-open covered walkways around quadrangles), vaulted ceilings, bell towers can be seen throughout Hogwarts.
Modern Architecture: In keeping with Tony Stark's lifestyle, his futuristic house is completely built with white cement, stainless steel, glass with a hypnotic view of the ocean. The interiors were shot from a real mansion in La Jolla, California. The fictional high rise, self-sustainable Stark Tower has a 93 story main tower and is located in Midtown Manhattan.
Attack on Titan:
Romanesque Architecture: The style is a mix of half-timbering for the homes, whereas the walls and more civic buildings are Romanesque in nature. Use of semicircular arches for windows, doors, and arcades; barrel or groin vaults can be observed.
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