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Architects find inspiration in fairytales

Architects find inspiration in fairytales

Fairytales have entertained and comforted us throughout our childhoods, and now a bunch of architects have applied themselves to designing some of the houses from our favourite stories.

Three major architecture firms – Bernheimer Architecture, Leven Betts, and Guy Nordenson and Associates – participated in the project, which appears in three installments on Design Observer's Places blog this week.

The first installment focused on designing the hut of Baba Yaga, a witch from Russian folk law, the second tackles Jack and the Beanstalk, and the third Rapunzel's tower.

Leven Betts, a New York architecture practice, was responsible for bringing the beanstalk from Jack and the Beanstalk to life.

“We chose to think of the beanstalk as an infrastructural network between Jack’s world and the Giant’s world. Jack and the Giant are both plundering from each other and the beanstalk is the inhabited highway between them, with different environments and ecosystems. We also thought of the beanstalk as both natural and machined.”

The project was created by author Kate Bernheimer, who won the World Fantasy award for her fairytale My Mother She Killed Me, My Father He Ate Me, and architect Andrew Bernheimer.