My very first experience with fantastical architecture had to be from fairy tales. I used to get lost in the illustrations rather than the stories themselves. Fairy tales illustrations must have played such an influential role in furthering kids’ imagination and fueling their dream state. Never underestimate the power of fairy tales in an architect’s earliest education- at least, for me, they meant a whole new world of possibilities in a realm of magical environments. Real houses that were inspired by fairy tales could take from a most literal adaptation to a conceptual embrace of everything cute and whimsical. Small cottages sometimes fell into the category of story book houses just by being too adorable that they could only have come from a fairy tale.