Friday, December 13, 2013

Architecture from Imagination

“Last night I dreamt I went to Manderley again.” If the famous opening line from Daphne DuMaurier’s proto-suspense novel, Rebecca, throws a shiver down your spine and a picture into your mind, then you might want to see what the geek team from Manchester’s NeoMam Studios have been up to.

That British inforgraphic outfit digs creating visuals from our most undescribed moments. Recent projects have included a “History of Halloween Costumes,” the “Health Benefits of Sex,” and now, layouts from some of literature’s favorite houses. Manderly, of course, but also Bag End from The Hobbit, 221B Baker Street from A Study in Scarlet and other Sherlock Holmes novels, Thrushcross Grange from Wuthering Heights, and many more.

We’re not entirely sure this exercise was as successful as some of the other infographics NeoMam has created. Maybe seeing something fictional finally imagined into being by someone other than the reader or the author is always going to be at least a little disappointing. (Hence, all those movies that are never as good as the books from which they’re made.) You can make up your own mind, though because The Huffington Post shares the inforgraphic here.

And below is NeoMam’s conception of the flat Holmes shared with Dr. John H. Watson on Baker Street in London.

1 comment:

J F Norris said...

With the exception of Castle Dracula they're mostly characterless renderings. Can't compare to some of the detailed floor plans I find in the vintage books I devour. Any of the Dell mapbacks are far superior.