Fairy Tale Architecture


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SpecificationsISBN: 978-1-951541-28-6 Binding: Soft Bound Size: 6.5” x 8.625” Portrait Pages: 192pp Publication Date: Fall 2020 World Rights: Available

Fairy Tale Architecture is a ground-breaking book, the first study to bring architects in conversation with fairy tales in breathtaking designs. Little Red Riding Hood, Baba Yaga, Rapunzel, Jack and the Beanstalk, The Snow Queen: these and more than fifteen other stories designed by Bernheimer Architecture, Snøhetta, Rural Studio, LEVENBETTS, LTL Architects and many other international vanguards have created stunning works for this groundbreaking collection of architectural fairy tales. Story by story, Andrew Bernheimer and Kate Bernheimer—a brother and sister team as in an old fairy tale—have built the ultimate home for lovers of fiction and design.

Snow girls and spinning houses. Paper capes and engineered hair braids. Resin bee hives and infinite libraries. Here are futuristic structures made from traditional stories, inspired by everything from Hans Christian Andersen’s The Snow Queen and The Little Match Girl to the Brothers Grimm’s Rapunzel and The Juniper Tree to fairy tales by Jorge Luis Borges and Joy Williams and from China, Japan, Russia, Nigeria, and Mexico.

A desire for story and shelter counts as among our most ancient instincts, and this dual desire continues to inspire our most imaginative architects and authors today. Fairy Tale Architecture invites the reader into a space of wonder, into a new form that will endure ever after.

Andrew Bernheimer is a Brooklyn-based architect and assistant professor of architecture at the Parsons School of Design. Bernheimer leads an eponymous firm responsible for a wide variety of residential, civic, and cultural projects, including new multi-unit affordable housing developments across the five boroughs as well as award-winning private residences in the northeast region. He edited Timber in the City, a book featuring innovative practices in wood construction published by ORO Editions. Bernheimer sits on the Advisory Board of the Institute for Public Architecture, a member of the Van Alen Institute’s Program Council and a fellow in the Forum for Urban Design. In 2018 Bernheimer was elevated to the College of Fellows in the American Institute of Architects.

Kate Bernheimer is the author of novels, story collections, and children’s books, as well as a fairy tale scholar and World Fantasy Award winning editor of fairy tale anthologies. Recent books include How a Mother Weaned Her Girl from Fairy Tales and My Mother She Killed Me, My Father He Ate Me: Forty New Fairy Tales. Her books have been translated into more than ten languages. She is an associate professor of English at the University of Arizona.

The New York Times Recommends Fairy Tale Architecture

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Soft Bound


6.5” x 8.625” Portrait



Publication date

Fall 2020

World rights