THE ARCHIVED

Role: Production Designer 

Book by Victoria Schwab 

A conceptual project. The Archived by Victoria Schwab is set in a parallel universe. Where each body has a story to tell; lives documented in pictures only Librarians can see. The dead are called Histories, and the vast realm in which they rest is the Archive. Mackenzie Bishop is a ruthless Keeper, tasked with stopping often violent Histories from waking up and escaping. Being a Keeper isn't just dangerous—it's a constant reminder of those Mac has lost; her little brother. In the Archive, the dead must never be disturbed. And yet, someone is deliberately altering Histories, erasing essential chapters. Unless Mac can piece together what remains, the Archive itself may crumble and fall.

 

For my design of this story, I was inspired by the human womb and the circle of life. Looking to create an organic structure that resembled a womb; with water where the bodies are stored. In creating the domes I experimented with various shapes, and different arrangements. Choosing to make the space an amalgamation of different white materials to emphasize the ghostly and otherworldly, while adding gravitas.