Architecture can be novelty to some, fantasy to others. Case in point is the Hobbit House commissioned by an avid J.R.R. Tolkien fan to house the owner's collection of Tolkien memorabilia—books, manuscripts and artifacts.
Beyond novelty and its warehousing ability, the cottage is a well-conceived and built architectural structure, providing the homeowner a quiet sanctuary for solitude and contemplation.
Of course, this is not the world’s first replica house. But most are tacky “money can’t buy you class” attempts to recreate the real thing.
A custom-built replica of the Disneyland Haunted Mansion attraction in a private gated community near Atlanta is a clear example of this phenomenon.
But, Pennsylvania-based architecture firm Archer & Buchanan put their architecture skills and talent into designing a great structure—with or without it Hobbit reference.
The firm incorporated design elements described and/or sketched by Tolkien including a circular door and a feature taken straight from Tolkien's sketches of a "butterfly" window.
The perfect Hobbit sanctuary.
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