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Lair: Radical Homes and Hideouts of Movie Villains

Lair: Radical Homes and Hideouts of Movie Villains*Description: Like evil itself, the abodes of movie villains are frequently compelling and seductive. The villain’s lair, as popularized in many of our favorite movies, is much more than where the megalomaniac goes to get some rest. Instead, the homes of the villains are places where evil is plotted and where, often, the hero is tested and must prove him/herself. From a design standpoint, they tend to be stunning, sophisticated, envy-inducing expressions of the warped drives and desires of their occupants. LAIR, edited by internationally acclaimed architect Chad Oppenheim with Andrea Gollin, explores the architecture of these structures through photographs, renderings, essays, interviews with industry professionals, and critical analysis. The book, which appreciates and celebrates all things villain, focuses predominantly on modern homes from fifteen films, including The Spy Who Loved Me, Dr. Strangelove Or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb, The Incredibles, Ex Machina, Blade Runner 2049, Star Wars, and Diamonds Are Forever. From futuristic fantasies to deathtrap-laden hives, from dwellings in space to those under the sea, pop culture and architecture join forces in these outlandish homes.
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