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This week Harry Potter locations were redesigned as contemporary buildings

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This week on Dezeen, architect Michele De Lucchi reinterpreted Hogwarts castle and other locations in the Harry Potter story in a contemporary architectural language for the covers of the books in Italy.

Commissioned by publishing house Salani, each of the seven covers includes a significant location from the series that was redesigned by the architect and his studio AMDL CIRCLE.

“As architects, we inevitably approached the novel by having in mind the space, the objects and the atmosphere that these objects generate in space,” De Lucchi told Dezeen.

“We took wizarding world locations and represented them as visionary architectures: an imagination without limits, free from the constraints imposed by the design and production of a product.”

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