Luigi Serafini really took on the idea that architects can be whatever they want with his 1981 completion of the Codex Seraphinianus; a two volume, 254 page tome describing an alternate reality through an invented alphabet and surreal illustrations. The book is divided into eleven sections forming an encyclopedia of Serafini’s imagined world; flora, fauna, bipeds, chemistry/physics, machines,biology, history, writing systems, culture, games/sports, and architecture.

An original edition will run you over $500 on Amazon, but right now you can get a new edition for just $150.. but you can also find some PDFs online if you don’t mind getting your Codex fix digitally.

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