7 Great Works of Fiction Inspired by Famous Architecture


The Glass Room, Simon Mawer

The Villa Tugendhat, designed in the 1920s by Mies van der Rohe in Brno, is the real-life inspiration for The Glass Room’s Landauer House. In the book – and IRL – the sleek modernist house made of reinforced concrete and glass survives the upheaval of Eastern Europe’s 20th century, confiscated and looted by the Gestapo and later the Soviets. In an interview with Radio Prague, Mawer says, “Yes, one of the themes of the book – maybe it’s the principle theme – is the contrast between the transparency of the architecture and the opposite, the lack of transparency of the human lives that go on within it.”