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Fairy Tale Architecture by Kate Bernheimer and Andrew Bernheimer dives deep into an architectural approach behind various tales to create a collection that weaves commentary, Q&A, and stunning designs. The sibling duo delivers fairy tales through the unique perspective of an architect. Have you ever wondered about the architecture behind your favorite fairy tales? Stories such as Baba Yaga, The Snow Queen, The Juniper Tree, and Flatland are told through the images created by the talent of Bernheimer Architecture, Rural Studio, LTL Architects, Young Projects, and more. The architectural structures presented each has a futuristic bent drawn from the traditional background and meaning of each story. These stories draw inspiration from all over the world and original storytellers including Brothers Grimm and Hans Christian Andersen.
The collection of architectural fairy tales stems from a love of fairy tales, specifically from the love of the role the house plays such as Rapunzel's tower or Baba Yaga's house on chicken legs. The book explores the ways in which architects rely on drawings and how through these drawings stories can unfold. Andrew and Kate Bernheimer have gathered together unique drawings from various architects that are specific in how they tell the stories in their own way. Stories included are The Death of Koschei the Deathless, Flatland, The Juniper Tree, and The Library of Babel. The architects included show their unique perspective on each story through styles that are technical, smooth, and showcase functionality.
The book will have you thinking differently about these fairy tales through the position the house plays within each of these stories. These drawings put an original perspective on the stories that we all know and perhaps even guide you to discovering a new understanding. Each section features a Q&A with the architect that gives background on their perspective, the drawings, and their process. Anyone interested in new outlooks, design, architecture, and fairy tales will have an appreciation for the work Fairy Tale Architecture has put into creating new perspectives on classic stories.