Kumail Rizvi
Illustrator, 1/3 of an architect and author of Kahlil
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National Library of Myth & Mystery

​Final term design project for my second year. Through investigation into themes of interest (stories, myth, cryptography) that related to our site of Alfriston - a small village in East Sussex in the UK - we had to develop a brief and a design for a project of national significance - creating the largest building in the village. My research led to the development of an idea for a library of mythical and rare items - books, manuscripts, maps, original film reels, forgotten technologies (Betamax, Laserdisc etc.) and of particular note, old pulp fiction and comic books. The project was designed to be an archive for this collection for decades if not centuries to come, while reflecting the themes investigated in the project - secrecy, myth, cryptography, speculative fiction, alternate histories and multiple explanations.