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Architecture Inspired by Literature

In this article, we shall take a look at some real world architecture inspired by fictional literature.

Hobbit Motel:

Inspired by J.R.R Tolkien’s The Hobbit books and Lord of the Rings series. Construction began in 1999 and was originally built as the set for the Lord of the Rings movies. This motel has now become a tourist attraction in New Zealand.

House at Martha's Vineyard:

Architect Steven Holl designed this Moby Dick inspired vacation house situated in the USA and completed in 1998. The inside out nature showcasing the timber balloon frame structure was inspired by a scene whereby a character describes how a house was built using bones of a beached whale.

Sherlock Holmes Museum:

Located in London, UK, The Sherlock Holmes Museum turned the popular fictional residence into reality. What was once a Georgian style house in 1990, was turned into a very detailed interior following the descriptions from the book.

Villa Peet/ The Rabbit House:

This white, minimalistic house is inspired by Alice in Wonderland. Designed by Studio Klink architects and completed in 2007, the house refers to the white rabbit that Alice follows to Wonderland. It is designed to create a contrast of spaces which make you feel like you are entering different worlds.

Francisco De Blas Home:

Literature poet Francisco De Blas approached architect, Alberto Campo Baeza to design his residence in Madrid, Spain. The architect inspired by Luis Cenuda’s poetry, created a structure where the materials connect with each other with themes of lightness and contrast with sweeping landscaping.

We hope this article has been both informative and entertaining!


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