In a special wing of the Chicago Institute of Art lays a series of miniature rooms devised by Narcissa Niblack Thorne depicting historical interiors from the 13th to early 20th century. The Thorne Miniature Rooms are a permanent exhibit within the museum.
These tiny versions of reality were exhibited at the Institute as well as the World’s Fair of 1940, constructed by skilled craftsmen and maintained in a state of cleanliness through carefully wielded tweezers and cotton buds. Sitting as vitrines recessed into the wall they become a series of microcosmic architectures – part imagery, part history and part actual space of a non-human scale. This way of viewing spaces as an open three dimensional-yet-flattened form recalls the base building in the game XCOM: Enemy Unknown, where the architecture takes the form of a flat sectional elevation with a series of slightly parallax shifted interiors (that can be zoomed into):