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Core studio project. The Architecture of Misfortune and Incongruous Design



instr. Grace La

Oompa Loompa Club

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Oompa Loompa​ Club


Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is one of the most popular children literatures of all time. The book has been republished many times with different style of illustration, and adapted into major movie titles. However, by close reading of the text and other Roald Dahl’s stories, one can see an under-lying tone of narrative of a  sinister storyline. In its supposing simplicity, children book can provoke a variety readings that may not oblige to an honorable intent.

This studio project explore the potential of representing an architectural project throu the means of children literature and how such approach gives new reading to the architecture itself. In this particular case, reading Charlie as a subtext for the appalling case of labor and civil violation. By the seemingly innocent facade of the narratives, this incongruous images convey grave messages of disparity and negligence of the majority.

Oompa Loompa

Depictions and Version Changes

Extract from Charle and The Chocolate Factory, 1973, Roal Dahl

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