by Chad Oppenheim


In cinema, the “villain’s lair” is a key location. Popularized by the globally successful James Bond franchise, it’s a place that is outlandish and spectacular, where evil resides, and where the hero faces their ultimate test. And yet, while forbidding and often threatening, the villain’s lair is also often beguiling, attractive, even aspirational. Architecturally, these abodes are often dazzling evocations of style, reflective of the refined tastes and (megalomaniacal) drives of the twisted occupants. LAIR, the first title in the Lives of the Supervillains series, is a celebration and exploration the most iconic and vivid villains’ lairs in cinema. Particular attention is paid to the architectural design of these structures and their links to real world examples. Incisive commentary about the design is provided by internationally acclaimed architect Chad Oppenheim. From futuristic dwellings to deathtrap-laden hives, pop culture and architecture collide in this curated collection of drawings, photographs, and essays, providing an enchanting visual tour of some of the most iconic settings in cinematic history, which have captured the imagination of millions worldwide. LAIR includes stunning examples of villainous residences from films such as: Star Wars, The Spy Who Loved Me, Dr Strangelove, The Incredibles, Ex Machina, Blade Runner, You Only Live Twice, Despicable Me, and Austin Powers.

Danny Graydon is a UK-based author, journalist and academic, specializing in film and comics. A graduate of the University of Winchester and the London School of Journalism, he has contributed to numerous international outlets, including Empire, the BBC, and Variety. His book credits include: The Art of Planet 51, Angry Birds: Hatching A Universe, The Rough Guide to Film Noir, The James Bond Archives, and The Superhero Costume: Identity and Disguise in Fact and Fiction. He is a lecturer for the School of Creative Arts at the University of Hertfordshire, where he teaches digital animation and model design, and he is the director of The Superhero Project, an academic conference in collaboration with University of Duisburg-Essen.

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: Fall 2019

Size: 12.9 x 9.2 in

Pages: 360

Construction: Hardcover, Smyth Sewn Binding,

Black Gilded Edges, Clear Foil Stamping

ISBN: 978-1-7322978-6-9

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