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Here's What Happens When Architects Write Fairy Tales

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Online architecture organization Blank Space recently released renderings from its fairytale competition, wherein they asked architects to write a story and design the fantastic structures of its world. The results seem to universally inhabit a space between daydream and dystopia: some are bleak, monochromatic, and hard, others look like they're the insides of an alien and animated by the people who did James and the Giant Peach. It's all to help "rewrite the way architecture communicates itself to the world, and to do so in the most unconventional way," or so says the organization.

Designers Kevin (Pang-Hsin) Wang and Nicholas O'Leary beat out more than 300 rendering-makers (from 50 countries!) to take home the $1,250 first place prize. With Chapter Thirteen (above) Wang and O'Leary continue Lewis Carroll's Adventures in Wonderland, maintaining the kaleidoscopic acid trip that are Carroll's scenes while still giving the setting lots of texture and shadow—an adult version of Wonderland for an adult version of Alice. In the course of the story, the heroine struggles to climb from a color-drenched place that's become asphyxiating in adulthood.

↑ The second-place prize went to Anna Pietrzak's Man and Ground, which is a "black and white rumination on the role of the ground as an architectural element," as Co.Design writes. Doesn't sound much like a tale to amuse small children, but the austere illustrations, done single-handedly by Pietrzak, a New York-based architect and illustrator, are compelling nonetheless.

↑ Another rendering from Man and Ground.

Oscar Upon a Time, by Joseph Altshuler (this guy!), Zachary Morrison, and Mari Altshuler (two architects and an elementary school teacher) tells the story of Oscar and the bits of home that grow and change as Oscar's lifelong companion.

Read more, over at Co.Design.

· The Architecture Of Fairy Tales [Co.Design]