This Harry Potter Redesign Project is created for my senior show at Art Center College of Design, which just happened in Spring 2016. The focus was to reimagine the four Hogwarts houses, specifically their common rooms. The common rooms were not featured as heavily in the movies, so I decided to give them a try. Part of the challenge was to create four distinct visual language that also belongs in the same world. I have always loved the Harry Potter stories, but never got to slowly analyze them. This was a practice to discover what I actually love about the world JK Rowling magically built. To add some flavors into these common room redesigns, I added some sort of mystery room/floor/space to each house, and also decided that each house is entrusted a certain responsibility in keeping Hogwarts running. (I think Hermione would agree that the house elves can’t be doing all the work)
Slytherin Common Room
/ Cunning, Ambitious, Resourceful, Power Hungry
Sitting on the bottom of the lake, the Slytherin common room is a worshipping shrine of its own accord. Navigating through the common room feels like a journey seeking an answer from God, and when one finally reaches the heart of the room, it is an overwhelming feeling of reverence.
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The Slytherin common room is the largest single floor of all houses, reflecting their ambition. With a very linear path, the Slytherin common room has very limited point of view from anywhere in the room. The sitting areas are situated along the outer edges of the room.
The Aquariums & Potion counters
Slytherins are extremely gifted with potion brewing. Flanked by huge aquariums on the side, Slytherin’s common room has potions counters full of bizarre ingredients and rare collections that allow for experiments at any given time.
At the end of the zig-zagged room is the altar, where a huge snake overlooks the entire room with the lake as its backdrop. This space is a reflection of the hierarchical system within the Slytherin house, as well as the worshipping of a powerful figure.