Batman’s taste in modernist furniture revealed in Google maps tour of Bruce Wayne’s house from Batman v Superman: Part 1

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Published 30.3.16. Updated: 22.7.16.

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice directed by Zack Snyder spurred not only a battle between two DC Comics superheroes but also between critics and fans. Critics reviews of the film (which stars Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Jesse Eisenberg, Diane Lane, Laurence Fishburne, Jeremy Irons, Holly Hunter and Gal Gadot) have been predominantly poor but fans and movie goers have not been put off, as reflected in box office takings to date. One indisputable winner however is Bruce Wayne’s house. 

The exterior of Bruce Wayne's Glass House in Batman v Superman

Bruce Wayne’s lakeside Glass House in Batman v Superman is a modernist masterpiece

In this 2016 Warner Bros creation, Wayne Manor has been burned to the ground, forcing Bruce to live in a nearby lake house. Google maps have collaborated with Warner Bros to bring us an exact location and 360 interactive tour of the house in Orion Township, Michigan. And what a lake house it is to behold! Perfectly befitting of an older, sophisticated Batman.

The Google maps 360 tour takes us from street view of the residence entrance located 40 miles north of Detroit to inside a modernist architectural masterpiece.

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Another view of Bruce Wayne’s residence as depicted on Google Maps interactive tour. The dark corridor at the rear of this view leads to the Batcave

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The house looks like a classic design by the German architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe whose famous Villa Tugendhat in Brno, Czech Republic was one of the pioneering prototypes of modern architecture in Europe designed in 1928-1930. Wayne’s house however is perhaps closer in size to the highly regarded Farnsworth House, also designed and built by Mies between 1945 and 1951. A weekend retreat in a once-rural setting, The Farnsworth house is located 55 miles (89 km) southwest of Chicago’s downtown on an estate adjoining the Fox River, south of the city of Plano, Illinois.

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Villa Tugendhat exterior designed by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe

Villa Tugendhat interior designed by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe

Villa Tugendhat interior designed by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe

The exterior of The Farnsworth House

The exterior of The Farnsworth House

The interior of the Farnsworth House. Notice the similarities to the Bruce Wayne residence

The interior of the Farnsworth House. Notice the similarities to the Bruce Wayne residence

Another view of the Farnsworth House interior

Another view of the Farnsworth House interior

bruce-waynes-house-Bruce Wayne's dining area complete with Mies van der Rohe Brno chairs

Bruce Wayne’s dining area complete with Mies van der Rohe Brno chairs for Knoll and a Kartell Moon Bowl in smoke

Wayne’s residence is also remarkably reminiscent of another important modernist building – the Philip Johnson Glass House.

Philip Johnson Glass House exterior

Philip Johnson Glass House exterior

Philip Johnson Glass House, interior

Philip Johnson Glass House, interior

After taking the Google map tour around Wayne’s open plan single story residential abode (complete with car port visible outside) we enter a dark corridor to discover the Batcave which contains the Batmobile, an armoury, a glass-cased Robin outfit (bearing a message from the hand of The Joker) and the high tech HQ.

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The Batmobile in the Batcave found via a dark corridor from the Bruce Wayne residence

Robin's costume can be seen in a glass case in a room full of armoury

Robin’s costume can be seen in a glass case in a room full of armoury

Batman's High Tech HQ in the Batcave

Batman’s High Tech HQ in the Batcave

(Please see below for info on the black ‘spine’ chair featured in the batcave above)

What’s particularly interesting about the choice of a modernist house leading to a Batcave is that one of the most revered and influential modernist houses – Philip Johnson’s Glass house  – was designed with an adjacent underground bunker for Johnson’s own art collection. Someone did their twentieth century architectural homework when considering the frontage for the Batcave it would appear!

Philip Johnson's underground art bunker adjacent to the Glass House

Philip Johnson’s underground art bunker adjacent to the Glass House

Wayne’s abode reveals a dark, muted and sophisticated palette of black, grey, wood and stone together with several furniture classics. Bravo to Batman v Superman production designer Patrick Tatopoulos and his team of talented set decorators.

Let us show you exactly what these furniture pieces are and where to buy them,
in Part 2 of this feature >

Batman v Superman is released for home entertainment on 1st August 2016 – Buy the DVD, Blu-Ray and find the ‘Watch Now’ links in the sidebar of this article (desktop) or below (mobile).

 

About the author -


Paula Benson

Film and Furniture founder / Co-Creative Director at Form. Passionate about interiors, design, art, film, music and mind over matter.

Posted in: Feature on March 30, 2016
Film Title: Batman v Superman
Film Year: 2016
Director: Zack Snyder
Object Type: chair chaise day bed table sofa couch lighting
Object Sub-type: Brno chair Barcelona chair Barcelona day bed Charles sofa
Object Colour: black charcoal grey wood walnut
Object Designer: Mies van der Rohe Antonio Citterio
Object Shop: Etsy Utility Ebay Chaplins Harrods Nest Design Within Reach 1st Dibs
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12 Comments

  1. Paul

    Wow what an insightful article on modernist interiors. The similarities are crazy

  2. Dave Richards

    Excellent article, I really enjoyed reading this. Do you have any idea what the steel pedestal tables are? They appear to be bolt down, I don’t recognise them.

    I also noticed a grey Kartell “Moon” bowl on the dining table.

    Any thoughts on the occasional tables near the fire? I’m fairly sure the fire tools are by ‘Pilgrim Art’.

  3. Paula Benson
    Paula Benson

    Hi Dave, glad you enjoyed the article.
    The steel pedestals have us stumped I’m afraid. Possibly custom made.
    Well spotted on the Kartell Moon bowl -thank you and we have updated the article accordingly! we love it when eagle eyes spot things we missed.
    The tables near the fire – do you mean the taller one to the left by the logs? or the lower coffee table on the rug?

  4. Dave Richards

    Hi Paula, it’s a great article – I’m amazed at how right the set designers got this house.

    I actually like both tables near the fire, so I’ll have to investigate. The dining table looks like the LC6 by Le Corbusier. I’d love to see the kitchen, if they made one!

  5. Paula Benson
    Paula Benson

    Ah yes, would love to see the kitchen also. I am sure it would be mainly stainless steel. Perhaps Balthaup. Truly modernist kitchens in the Bauhaus sense don’t get much of a look in. I was in Erno Goldfinger’s kitchen at Willow House last week and it is the size of a postage stamp. Good luck on the dining table investigations. Please share your findings if they are successful!

  6. Juan Carlos

    Do you have any idea about the black “spines” chair Bruce Wayne used on the batcave?

  7. Harsh Balot

    I was wondering where to get the chair in the batcave. Can you help with that?

  8. Paula Benson
    Paula Benson

    Hi. Yes we do know what the black chair in the batcave is! and where to buy it. We’ll be doing a post on that very soon – so stay tuned! (and sign up to the newsletter from “subscribe” in the menu, to stay in touch).

  9. Irwin Maillot

    hello how to know wheer we can buy this black chair pls??

  10. Paula Benson
    Paula Benson

    Hello all. I think we may have found the black ‘spine’ chair in the batcave. Please see our new mini feature: “The Batman chair: The black ‘spine’ chair in Batman v Superman’s batcave”

  11. Johnny

    Hello,
    Where can I find the walnut square bowl on Bruce Wayne’s desk? I would love to have something like that as a valet tray.

  12. Paula Benson
    Paula Benson

    Hi Johnny, We’re looking into that walnut square bowl for you – have put a shout out to the films art team and will let you know when we hear back.

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