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

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 (tour no longer live) 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 took us from street view of the residence entrance located 40 miles north of Detroit to inside a modernist architectural masterpiece (Update: the 360 tour is no longer live but stills and screengrabs of the tour are below for your viewing pleasure).

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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

Batman V. Superman: Dawn Of Justice

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.

Villa Tugendhat exterior designed by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe-re-bruce-waynes-house
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

The Brno chairs which sit around Bruce Wayne’s dining table are covered in black Italian leather. The frames are made from high quality solid stainless steel. Designed by Mies van der Rohe in 1930 for his renowned Tugendhat House in Brno, Czech Republic, the Brno chair reflects the simplicity of its original environment. The chair has become an icon of 20th century design with its lean profile, clean lines, and attention to detail.

Vintage original Mies van der Rohe Brno chairs as seen around Bruce Wayne’s dining table are available from Pamono >

The Moon Bowl as seen on Bruce Wayne’s dining table is available from Amara >

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 set decorator Cal Louks.

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

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    Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

    Director: Zack Snyder

    Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice stars Ben Affleck as Batman / Bruce Wayne and Henry Cavill as Superman / Clark Kent in the characters’ first big-screen pairing and features an outstanding nod to modernist architecture and furniture in Bruce Wayne’s lakeside house.

    Approx £8 / $10

 

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