Architecture and interiors often play a central role in works of literature, but what happens when the roles are reversed?
Interiors inspired by literature often tend toward the superficial or fantastic. A true translation of a literary work to architectural form is not merely aesthetic in scope, but experiential. Underlying literary themes can be constructed as architectural metaphors, resulting in a space that evokes an emotional response similar to those inspired by reading the work in question.
Using E. M. Forster’s A Room with a View as a guide, a design is proposed that captures the essence of the novel while simultaneously retaining the fashionably artistic aesthetic expected of a boutique hotel. The design is framed by the premise that Penguin Books owns and operates a global chain of boutique hotels—each based on a different book.