I was seven years old when my father popped a copy of The Man with the Golden Gun in the Betamax of our suburban Marlboro, New Jersey, home. It was 1978, and it was my first experience with the intriguing life of British Secret Agent 007. While I was certainly impressed with the accent and the spiraling car jump across a river, my true fascination was with Scaramanga’s lair, carved into the jungle-covered cliffs of a remote island.
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 hides—it is a place where evil is plotted and where the hero is tested and must prove him/herself. From a design standpoint, villains’ lairs tend to be stunning, sophisticated, envy-inducing expressions of the warped drives and desires of their occupants. Lair: Radical Homes and Hideouts of Movie Villains, edited by Chad Oppenheim with Andrea Gollin, explores the architecture of famous ‘lairs’ through photographs, renderings, essays, interviews with industry professionals, and critical analysis.
The book, which appreciates and celebrates all things villainous, focuses predominantly on modern homes from fifteen films, including The Spy Who Loved Me, Dr. Strangelove, 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.
You can find out more about the book and buy a copy at Tra Publishing.
Awards for Lair
50 Books | 50 Covers AIGA (American Institute of Graphic Arts), Winner, Book Category
Official Selection Award of the 10th Edition of the Festival International du Livre d’Art et du Film