The Architecture of Cinematic Spaces (Book)

by Interiors

Combining critical essays with original architectural floor plan drawings, Interiors provides a stunningly unique perspective on the relationship between architecture and film. The book discusses production design in key films from the twentieth and twenty-first centuries – from The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (1920) to Columbus (2017), Alfred Hitchcock to Spike Jonze. Each chapter is accompanied by an original floor plan of a key scene, bridging the gap between film criticism and architectural practice. A must-read for fans and scholars alike, this book prompts us to reconsider the space our favourite characters occupy, and the stories that those spaces tell. 

Category: Film Studies


The Architecture of Cinematic Spaces by Interiors is an academic, graphic exploration of architectural spaces in cinema that provides a new perspective on the relationship between architecture and film. Combining critical essays with original architectural floor plan drawings, co-authors Arman Karaoghlanian and Mehruss Jon Ahi discuss production design in key films from the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, including The Cabinet of Dr. CaligariRope, Le mépris, Playtime, 2001: A Space Odyssey, Home Alone, Panic Room, A Single Man, Her, and Columbus.

Each chapter is accompanied by an original floor plan of a key scene, bridging the gap between film criticism and architectural practice. Written by the editors of the critically acclaimed online journal Interiors, the book will appeal to film and architecture communities and everyone in between.

A must-read for fans and scholars alike, The Architecture of Cinematic Spaces by Interiors prompts us to reconsider the spaces our favourite characters occupy and to listen to the stories those spaces can tell.

Mehruss Jon Ahi is the architectural designer and vice president of MBI Homes & Design Groups. He is planning commissioner for the City of Los Altos, as well as the co-founder and creative director of the online publication, Interiors

Armen Karaoghlanian is co-founder and editor-in-chief of the critically acclaimed online publication Interiors, and is an adjunct professor at Woodbury University. 

01: The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (1920)

02: Rope (1948)

03: Le mépris (1963)

04: Playtime (1967)

05: 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)

06: Home Alone (1990)

07: Panic Room (2002)

08: A Single Man (2009)

09: Her (2013)

10: Columbus (2017)

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