Lair: Incredible Homes of Cinematic Villains

by Chad Oppenheim


From the Empire’s Death Star in Star Wars to Atlantis in The Spy Who Loved Me, 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 the 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 the Lives of Villains series, celebrates and considers several iconic villain’s lairs from recent film history. The book explores the architectural design of these structures through drawings, photographs, essays, and references to real-world examples. LAIR is the brainchild of internationally acclaimed architect Chad Oppenheim, who provides commentary on the design of each abode. 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. LAIR features villains’ homes from a range of films, including Star Wars, The Spy Who Loved Me, Dr. Strangelove, The Incredibles, Ex Machina, Blade Runner, You Only Love Twice, Despicable Me, and Austin Powers.

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: July 2, 2019

Hardcover, Smyth Sewn Binding

Black Gilded Edges, Clear Foil Stamping

360 Pages

12.9 x 9.2 in

ISBN: 978-1-7322978-6-9

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