And finally… Harry Potter book covers reinvented as architectural tributes
The covers of the new Italian edition of Harry potter 2021 by Editor of Salani have been redesigned to combine fantasy and architecture.
Architect Michele De Lucchi, in collaboration with the illustrator Andreas Rocha, took inspiration from his studio’s design imagery AMDL CIRCLE to represent fictional places using a resolutely contemporary architectural language.
The result sees each of the seven covers take a different location in the series as the base and represents them as architectural visions.
Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone – “To represent the Hogwarts school, we referred to a conceptual project on ‘abbeys’, solid and sturdy constructions, strongly anchored to the ground but rising upwards thanks to the momentum of the arrows which push the gaze to the sky and, metaphorically, to the future. The inspiration for these sculptures comes from the Gothic abbeys of Tuscany and central Italy. ‘
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets – “We imagined“ the burrow ”as the architecture of the“ stacks ”series, objects made up of many pieces of wood that seem to balance out as if by magic. In Harry Potter, “the burrow” evokes the idea of home and family, so the stacks are valued for what they evoke: gathering, keeping, caring for, and organizing. They evoke an old way of building and can look like a small house or a large cathedral with roofs that cover and protect from rain or snow.
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban – “Azkaban Prison is never described in the books, we only know that it is located on an icy islet in the North Sea. We thought of it as an imposing monolith, a mythological construction reminiscent of the Medea hotel in Batoumi: a high tower of superimposed and staggered volumes, which seem to be engendered in an infinite epic that goes beyond centuries.
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire – “The setting is the arena of quidditch, the most widespread and practiced sport in the wizarding world of Harry Potter, played astride flying brooms. We imagine it as a traveling stadium whose stands take the form of the temporary installation ‘expo icon’. The concept refers to the possibility of manipulating architectural objects intended for events, which can be dismantled and reassembled in different contexts. ‘
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix – ‘The representation of Hagrid’s hut refers to the “haystack” series. Haystacks are constructions that blend into the surrounding nature and bear witness to manual work. They have a pure and essential form, built by superposition, matter on matter, which appears on the landscape with beauty and discretion.
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince – “The Astronomy Tower is the highlight of Hogwarts, where you can observe the stars during class. We designed it as the aerial tower built for the arch & art project, in the gardens of the Triennale in Milan. An air tower has a magical quality with the wind that is created and rises by induction. The effect is simple and suggests that one can enjoy the wonders of nature without imposing presumptuous and ineffective acts of force. verticality pushes us to lift our eyes to the sky, in search of a meaning in the existence and the ephemeral of man. ‘
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – “For the final confrontation at Hogwarts, we imagined the covered bridge as taking the sinusoidal profile of the Peace Bridge in Tbilisi. This structure consists of a pedestrian walkway and a filigree roof that seems to be suspended in the air. By definition, a bridge is a symbolic architecture, a place of cohesion between two points, two social circumstances, two different and distant territorial conformations. In times of destruction and war, unfortunately, many bridges are destroyed, as happens in the Battle of Hogwarts. ‘