Lair: Radical Homes and Hideouts of Movie Villains

by Chad Oppenheim


From Atlantis in The Spy Who Loved Me to Nathan Bateman's ultra-modern abode in Ex Machina, big-screen villains tend to live in architectural splendor. The villain’s lair, as popularized in many of our favorite movies, is much more than where the megalomaniac goes to get some rest. Instead, the homes of the villains are places where evil is plotted and where, often, the hero is tested and must prove him/herself. Like evil itself, the abodes of movie villains are frequently compelling and seductive. From a design standpoint, they tend to be stunning, sophisticated, envy-inducing expressions of the warped drives and desires of their occupants. Lair, the first title in Tra Publishing's Design + Film series, celebrates and considers several iconic villain’s lairs from recent film history. The book explores the architectural design of these structures through renderings, photographs, essays, interviews, and more.  Editorial contributors include Michael Mann, Sir Christopher Frayling, Joseph Rosa, and Amy Murphy. Renderings are by Carlos Fueyo. Highlights include interviews with  production designers, directors, and other industry professionals such as Ralph Eggleston, Mark Digby, Richard Donner, Roger Christian, David Scheunemann, and Gregg Henry. 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 and in Lair, which appreciates and celebrates all things villain. Printed in silver ink on black paper, Lair features villains’ homes from a range of films, including The Spy Who Loved Me, Dr. Strangelove, The Incredibles, Ex Machina, Blade Runner 2049, You Only Live Twice, and Diamonds Are Forever.

Like evil itself, the abodes of movie villains are frequently compelling and seductive. Explore the architecture of villainry in Lair.

Chad Oppenheim is a Miami-based architect whose work has been praised for its ability to transform the prosaic into the poetic. A graduate of Cornell University and a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects, Oppenheim has lectured widely and has taught at several architecture schools, including Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design. In 1999, he founded Oppenheim Architecture (Miami, Basel, New York), which has garnered global recognition for largescale urban architecture, hotels and resorts, private residences, interiors, and furnishings. Oppenheim Architecture has received more than seventy industry awards and distinctions, including the Silver Medal for Design, the highest distinction bestowed by the Miami Chapter of the American Institute of Architects, and the Cooper Hewitt 2018 National Design Award. The firm’s work has been featured in numerous publications, including the New York Times and Architectural Record.


Trade Edition

Publication Date: November 5, 2019

Hardcover, Smyth Sewn Binding

Clear Foil Stamping

360 Pages

150+ Photographs & Renderings

9.2 x 13 in.


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