The Center for Architecture is excited to present Fairy Tale Architecture, opening in November. The exhibition, curated by Andrew Bernheimer, FAIA, Principal, Bernheimer Architecture, and author Kate Bernheimer, presents speculative designs inspired by the imaginative realms of literary fantasy.
Melding art, architecture, and literary critique, this event invites viewers to explore fantasy spaces inspired by fictional works. The exhibition presents designs by 12 design and architecture firms, each commissioned to spatially interpret their favourite stories—from Hans Christian Andersen’s “The Snow Queen” to Jorge Luis Borges’s “The Library of Babel”—relying on techniques including model-making, photography, diagrams, mapping, and digital modeling to make the stories inhabit architectural space. Images are supplemented with interviews between Kate Bernheimer and the designers, providing further insight into their influences and approaches.
The exhibition, designed by Once–Future Office, is based on an ongoing series Bernheimer & Bernheimer embarked upon in 2008, inspired by their own collaborations in fiction and architecture. Fairy Tale Architecture will be on view November 11, 2022 – February 25, 2023.