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How 'Dune' Replicated Real-Life Ancient Architecture | Architectural Digest

  • Published on May 18, 2024
  • Today, Michael Wyetzner of Michielli + Wyetzner Architects returns to AD for an in-depth look at the architectural design in Denis Villeneuve’s epic adaptation of ‘Dune’. Surviving on the desert planet Arrakis is no mean feat-see how the movies took design inspiration from brutalism and Earth’s ancient civilizations, such as the Egyptians and Aztecs, to bring the ‘Dune’ universe to life.
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Comments • 336

  • @akshitmishra1738
    @akshitmishra1738 2 months ago +952

    This is one of those movies whose architecture was impeccable.

    • @RAZR_Channel
      @RAZR_Channel 2 months ago +4

      Ya... but they didn't spend enough time on it... for real... all these details are just passed over in a few shots... It would be Really cool if they would put it up on a website to explore because in the films all we get is maybe 2 minutes total... ( just an estimate of course but that's the way it feels ). The desert has more screen time...

  • @oleha7920
    @oleha7920 2 months ago +1699

    Actually it doesn't take place 8,000 years in the future. The Story of the first movie begins in 10,191 AG. The "AG" stands for 'after guild' and marks the establishment of the Spacing Guild's monopoly. So the year 10,191 AG corresponds to the year 23,352 A.D., so it's actually more than 21,000 years in the future.

    • @maverickbull1909
      @maverickbull1909 2 months ago +160

      Nerd 😅

    • @oleha7920
      @oleha7920 2 months ago +80


    • @zigmasslusnys3596
      @zigmasslusnys3596 2 months ago +46

      Thanks for this info!

    • @maverickbull1909
      @maverickbull1909 2 months ago +98

      @@oleha7920 just messing with you. This is cool info thanks for clarifying. This story has a very rich history

    • @bennettmcknight2373
      @bennettmcknight2373 2 months ago +11

      Thank you. The extreme future is important conceptually. Assuming Arakene is constructed of concrete because the set dressing was is also an unsupported supposition.

  • @Aranglorion
    @Aranglorion 2 months ago +512

    I always enjoy Mr. Wyetzner's videos. I would very much like to see part 2!

  • @damonroberts7372
    @damonroberts7372 2 months ago +106

    It's very much in character for House Harkonnen to use a "thirsty" material like concrete in the middle of a desert... as both an ostentatious display of wealth/power, and a middle finger to the locals. _But..._ just because it looks like concrete doesn't mean that it _is_ concrete. It's established canon in the Dune universe that interstellar travel is enormously expensive, so there would be incentive to use local materials. I thought the formwork texture suggested a construction method similar to rammed earth. It could even be laser sintered, and the texture is like a 3D printer artifact.

    • @nietzscheankant6984
      @nietzscheankant6984 2 months ago +21

      The brutal, inhumane nature of the architecture is also an intentional demonstration of uncaring, cruel dominance over the local population, and thus the use of 'cold', wasteful and unecological concrete, and unempathetic, domineering brutalist architecture is a great choice.
      Brutalism, after all, being the optimal architectural style to represent the death of the human soul, love of beauty, and the humane touch and spirit.

    • @bartvandenpoel8568
      @bartvandenpoel8568 Month ago +2

      @@nietzscheankant6984 A bit like the castles (the tower of London for ex.) the Normans put up all over England after William Conquered it in 1066.

  • @StillSNEAKERfreaker
    @StillSNEAKERfreaker 2 months ago +260

    What people have to remember is that when Frank Herbert wrote the books, there was no internet to do a quick word research in arabic or google image search of mandarin architecture references. Incredible!

    • @antzpantz
      @antzpantz 2 months ago +18

      He did have books though...

    • @allangibson8494
      @allangibson8494 2 months ago +8

      Arabic to English dictionaries are a “thing”…

    • @GraydenProductions
      @GraydenProductions Month ago +43

      In an interview, Herbert said he read over 200 books in his research for writing Dune. That's insane to think about, but yes, no Internet means a lot more legwork.

  • @h0w1inmaDStudios
    @h0w1inmaDStudios 2 months ago +260

    The Emperor’s homeworld Kaitain was actually all filmed at Scarpa’s Brion Tomb in Dune Part 2!

    • @babyhols777
      @babyhols777 2 months ago +2

      In italy yes

    • @Fyuesiy
      @Fyuesiy 2 months ago +7

      It did look very Mediterranean !

    • @samfilmkid
      @samfilmkid 2 months ago +4

      Can’t believe he didn’t mention that!

    • @reesefrancis
      @reesefrancis 2 months ago

      @@samfilmkid surely he knew but just chose to say it reminded him of Scarpa? when they actually filmed in Tomba Brion, just weird.

    • @AUMOTmusic
      @AUMOTmusic Month ago +7

      He's probably waiting to mention it until they cover Part 2

  • @bbartky
    @bbartky 2 months ago +53

    Yes, please do a part 2! I would love to hear your take on Geidi Prime.

  • @go6obg92
    @go6obg92 2 months ago +143

    Please part 2!

  • @bradyphillips1995
    @bradyphillips1995 2 months ago +229

    1:10 The palace in Arrakeen would not become "the largest manmade structure" until years after the events of Dune part 1 & 2

    • @knightonart8886
      @knightonart8886 2 months ago +38

      Yes. The largest manmade structure was the keep that Paul built. Different building entirely.

    • @juansebastianfragozo674
      @juansebastianfragozo674 2 months ago +8

      The New Atreides Imperial Palace.

  • @mohammedsadeysalmi
    @mohammedsadeysalmi 2 months ago +11

    This dude needs his own show, I would watch. Very charismatic guy.

  • @BlueSunHiredGun
    @BlueSunHiredGun 2 months ago +270

    “8000 years in the future…” *hundreds of Dune fans begin rushing to the scene to correct the error*

  • @fatimazohradamas9490
    @fatimazohradamas9490 2 months ago +31

    dune part 1 and 2 is truly a masterpiece

  • @stockhuman
    @stockhuman 2 months ago +31

    2:24 it takes place >20,000 years into the future

    • @333dae
      @333dae 2 months ago +4

      yeah i think he took the year 10000 and assumed it’s in AD

  • @officialvisualmastery

    We NEED part 2!

  • @geoafe66
    @geoafe66 2 months ago +27

    You gotta see this movie at the cinema 🔥

  • @AngiMP
    @AngiMP 2 months ago +56

    Thank you so much for this! Looking forward to Part 2!!

  • @Stephen_Lafferty
    @Stephen_Lafferty 2 months ago +19

    Another fascinating discussion of the real roots of fantasy architecture! I would love to see the same in-depth analysis brought to the sequel, please!

  • @EGlideKid
    @EGlideKid 2 months ago +12

    Enlightening. Thank you!
    Yes, do something like this for Part 2!

  • @raymondtownsley9341
    @raymondtownsley9341 2 months ago +11

    Loved this! Will be using it as a teaching tool. Hope you do part 2 soon.

  • @fletchersheeran144
    @fletchersheeran144 2 months ago +23

    Thank you for this, honestly just wish these videos were longer haha. would love to see a video for part 2!

  • @nkck
    @nkck Month ago +3

    Part 2, please! I'd really love to hear you explain more about this vast architecture of Dune :)

  • @octaviodigianni905
    @octaviodigianni905 Month ago +3


  • @marianaluna758
    @marianaluna758 2 months ago +4

    Wow, thank you! Looking forward to Part 2.

  • @leocremonezi
    @leocremonezi 2 months ago +3

    Amazing video! We want part II, please 👏🏻👏🏻🙏🏻

  • @mitchjohnson8094
    @mitchjohnson8094 2 months ago +1

    This is awesome! Would love a part 2

  • @Zhang_Lisa
    @Zhang_Lisa 26 days ago

    Would love to see a Part 2! Thanks for the insights 😊

  • @sakura2646
    @sakura2646 2 months ago +6

    Wow I watched Dune 2 on my birthday! An exciting movie!

  • @katypalmer9119
    @katypalmer9119 2 months ago

    This was amazing. Please do part 2!

  • @thedofflin
    @thedofflin 2 months ago +3

    The attention to detail is insane

  • @idcman
    @idcman 2 months ago +16

    Can't wait for the Part Two video! :)

  • @kerrin6633
    @kerrin6633 Month ago +1

    Very cool! I like how you analyze movies and such and comment on them! I see your love for art and symbolism as well via your commentary about the moon gates and circle.
    Love how you share your opinion as a professional too. We are privileged to see your passion and research into various topics in your videos. Thanks!!

  • @kindofbluenyc
    @kindofbluenyc 2 months ago +15

    That was interesting. Would love to see a part 2.

  • @robertclarkson6064
    @robertclarkson6064 2 months ago

    Yes please to part two. Thanks so much for these types of videos. Luv them.

  • @yoroshiku137
    @yoroshiku137 2 months ago +1

    Yes. Please bring part II!

  • @michellealler4505
    @michellealler4505 2 months ago

    Loved this take, please do a part 2!

  • @queen-malika
    @queen-malika 2 months ago

    That was very interesting! Looking forward to see more videos like this! Thank you!

  • @lilangel3034
    @lilangel3034 2 months ago +5

    Yes, please for part 2.

  • @louisianalevy7484
    @louisianalevy7484 2 months ago +12

    I would love to see a breakdown on the architecture of part 2 👍!

  • @nolomoussy9407
    @nolomoussy9407 Month ago +1

    yeees, please do part 2 cos there is so much more detail about the sietches

  • @sobeso
    @sobeso 2 months ago +1

    yes we need a breakdown for part 2 pretty please thank you

  • @brownkiwi13
    @brownkiwi13 2 months ago +2

    Thank you for this incredible video! I'd love to see one on Dune 2 also, and I think many others would too. Thank you again!!

  • @xzander6870
    @xzander6870 2 months ago

    Loved the use of Carlo Scarpas, Brion Family Tomb in part 2, absolutely beautiful architecture

  • @gabrielles.
    @gabrielles. Month ago +1

    Wow, this was fascinating, and it made me love dune part 1 even more which i didnt think was possible. Would love to see a similar analyis for Part 2!

  • @aprikkus
    @aprikkus 13 days ago

    Yes! I need a video on part II!!!

  • @Lucas-hq9ro
    @Lucas-hq9ro 2 months ago

    Very well done, do part 2!! 👍

  • @eola8
    @eola8 2 months ago +1

    Love it! Yes please, part 2. More on Giedi Prime, and what looks like a massive modern Colosseum for Feyd-Rautha birthday celebrations scene

  • @zanaleezee
    @zanaleezee Month ago +1

    Definitely wanna see a breakdown of the architecture in Dune 2!

  • @blakepool6924
    @blakepool6924 2 months ago +1

    Really interesting stuff. Please do Part 2.

  • @pats.p1594
    @pats.p1594 2 months ago

    Yes please we’re ready for the Part 2 one!!!! 🎉

  • @mrki731
    @mrki731 Month ago +1

    fascinating! Part 2 please!

  • @emilyniedbala
    @emilyniedbala 2 months ago

    I would love to hear more, especially with all the new worlds we got to see in part 2!

  • @DorothyOzmaLover
    @DorothyOzmaLover Month ago

    Niiice, undeniable skill and effort there that intrigues!

  • @EHzNow
    @EHzNow Month ago +1

    Definitely do a Part 2. Thanks.

  • @nairina
    @nairina Month ago

    Definitely do part 2!

  • @alexandraaluchi3421

    I want to see for part two this kind of video please!

  • @stephaniejensen1644
    @stephaniejensen1644 2 months ago

    Would love to see a part 2!

  • @PSEaZ
    @PSEaZ Month ago +1

    Well done! Interesting facts and nice pace of the video, very well brought. One small point of feedback: Sound effects of the visuals swooping in and out is a bit distracting

  • @MLD.Ltd.
    @MLD.Ltd. 2 months ago

    Omg they actually did this!!! I thought about the architecture the WHOLE time every time there is a short of interior/exterior of a structure!!

  • @NorthChaos
    @NorthChaos Month ago

    This was really educational - I want part 2!

  • @sethsmith9834
    @sethsmith9834 2 months ago

    Love the references! Cool video! I want to know more about tents!

  • @ccnomad
    @ccnomad Month ago

    YES, Part II pls, this was so great :) How happy was I, a Dune nerd and architecture nerd, to watch this and gain some education

  • @kellysartthrob
    @kellysartthrob 2 months ago

    Absolutely want to see a part 2 💯

  • @andysiegel725
    @andysiegel725 2 months ago

    Yeah definitely want a part 2 breakdown!

  • @mokolabs
    @mokolabs Month ago

    Love this series. More please!!!

  • @andrewmartin9550
    @andrewmartin9550 Month ago

    This was very interesting please do a Part 2

  • @go6obg92
    @go6obg92 2 months ago +12

    I would trust this guy with building my future desert villa :D

  • @KainedbutAble123
    @KainedbutAble123 2 months ago +10

    You’re showing the Brion tomb used for the Emperor’s Palace in Dune Part 2!

  • @johnnytrevino7666
    @johnnytrevino7666 2 months ago +5

    Loved this video. Please do a part 2!

  • @DNAConsultingDetectives
    @DNAConsultingDetectives 2 months ago +1

    Yes, part 2, please!

  • @user-wl1oz2zt3t
    @user-wl1oz2zt3t 2 months ago +1

    Great content!

  • @bensalinas7937
    @bensalinas7937 2 months ago +1

    Let’s get a part 2 !!!

  • @suryakantpatre4812
    @suryakantpatre4812 2 months ago +3

    yes please second part

  • @freddurrant7234
    @freddurrant7234 Month ago

    Please make another video for part two! ❤

  • @RodrigoRuiz609
    @RodrigoRuiz609 Month ago

    Please make a part 2 where u talk about the architecture in Giedi Prime, Kaitain, and the south of Arrakis

  • @kirapurinton
    @kirapurinton 4 days ago

    Would love a Part II!

  • @herethere5053
    @herethere5053 Month ago

    yes ! would like a part 2

  • @migueldoliveiracomposer

    Loved it. Part 2 please

  • @lindiwenyamayaro8515
    @lindiwenyamayaro8515 2 months ago

    Thank you and yes, please break down Part 2

  • @thaihangtruong4559

    This is so fun and ackowledging to watch, please do the Arcgitecture of Dune: Part two, I'm eagle to watch the video ☺

  • @tatopiano
    @tatopiano Month ago

    Part two, please! ♥

  • @madeleinewall7554
    @madeleinewall7554 2 months ago

    loved this!!!

  • @cococheflondon672
    @cococheflondon672 Month ago

    I am Italian and I would love to see part 2. Some of the scenes in Dune 2 are in Tomba Brion realized by Paolo Scarpa. It is the grave of Brion's family near Treviso an amazing place

  • @onefeather2
    @onefeather2 2 months ago +7

    Absolutely love this research, well done. More like this is great.❤❤❤

  • @miac6371
    @miac6371 Month ago

    I definitely want to see the architecture notes for the psychotic Harkonnen world. The colosseum and stark pyramids were the most dramatic for me and would love to learn more on the influences

  • @connordeyoung6108
    @connordeyoung6108 2 months ago

    I want to listen to this guy for like an hour

  • @gko18
    @gko18 2 months ago

    Part 2? Yes please!

  • @williamtsutherland8240

    Part 2? Yes Please!

  • @MrSantiagotri
    @MrSantiagotri 2 months ago +1

    PART II now! pls

  • @jonathanlopez6953
    @jonathanlopez6953 2 months ago +3

    I’m confuse, isn’t the Jaali usually masonry, and more of a balcony? It’s more of a latticework, similar to a Treillage, a fence, a prison bars.

  • @marcuskamau9781
    @marcuskamau9781 2 months ago +2

    We want to see part 2

  • @jeanneblondewomanstamping9788

    Excellent analysis. Yes,please! Dune 2 architecture. 🙏🙏🙏🙏

  • @LucianoOliveira-fr6qv
    @LucianoOliveira-fr6qv 2 months ago

    Very Interesting explanations . 👏

  • @rachaelkras2386
    @rachaelkras2386 Month ago +1

    Yes, please do Dune 2!!! Love these videos!

  • @dobariyanaitikdineshbhai6832

    We want more of this please

  • @eganyi743
    @eganyi743 2 months ago +1

    brilliant video

  • @arthurmezacasa1021
    @arthurmezacasa1021 2 months ago +1

    The production design in Dune is very well done!

  • @rosebullen9207
    @rosebullen9207 2 months ago

    I would like another one for part 2 please!

  • @alanhalter1826
    @alanhalter1826 2 months ago

    Do part 2 please! 🙏

  • @josephinemartin
    @josephinemartin 2 months ago +5

    Do part 2 please! This was so cool!

  • @sve180996
    @sve180996 2 months ago +5

    please we need the analysis of part 2!!!