The recent Top 10 Great Buildings we ran here was inspired by Tom Wilkinson’s book ‘Bricks & Mortals: Ten Great Buildings and the People They Made’, which started with the Tower of Babel. As no one knows what that looked like, or whether it existed, I thought fictional buildings deserved a list of their own.
- The stately pleasure-dome of Xanadu Decreed by Kubla Khan in Coleridge’s “Kubla Khan”. From Roger White.
- Ministry of Truth George Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four. Proposed (nervously) by Michael Ezra, Davey Barton and Ruth Muirhead.
- Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry “A huge, rambling, quite scary-looking castle, with a jumble of towers and battlements.” How JK Rowling said she visualised it.
- The Restaurant at the End of the Universe (Aka Milliways.) Title of the second book in Douglas Adams’ Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy series. From Chris Jones and Davey Barton.
- 221B Baker Street Sherlock Holmes’ rooms. Offered as evidence by Michael Ezra and Ben Ross.
- Bag End Home of Bungo, Bilbo and Frodo Baggins, in Hobbiton, the Shire, Middle-earth.
- The Death Star From Star Wars. Zapped into our sightlines by Sarah.
- The Batcave under Wayne Manor Secret HQ of Batman, otherwise known as Bruce Wayne. Signalled by Delbert.
- The Drones Club Haunt of Bertie Wooster, Pongo Twistleton, Boko Fittleworth et al. Put forth by Dan Jackson.
- Cair Paravel Castle and capital of Narnia; seat of the four thrones. Offered up by Isabel.
Originally published in the Independent on 26th October 2014.