Sleeping Beauties

Alexandre Humbert creates an immersive film of the speculative Sleeping Beauties tour entertainment resort inside the Disney-like Burj Al Babas housing development. Begun in 2014, Burj Al Babas was designed to attract wealthy golf tourists to Mudurnu in Turkey. But after five years the project was abandoned, resulting in a huge waste of finances and materials and hundreds of unsold houses that litter the landscape. Sleeping Beauties turns this ghost town into a resort that could generate a new source of income for a UNESCO World Heritage region. In Humbert's vision, visitors pay €10 to walk around and photograph the 732 three-storey royal villas, inventing their own fables to fill the empty rooms. Sleeping Beauties premiered as part of GeoDesign: Junk exhibition during Dutch Design Week 2019

  • Year


  • Type

    Film installation

  • Role

    • Scriptwriter
    • Director
  • Production

    Geo Design

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  • Duration


Burj Al Babas wasn’t an aberration at all but instead a logical consequence of the way real estate has been inspired by fairytale and storytelling to sell unbelievable architectures

  • With

    Aimée Betancourt

  • Original Music Composition

    Arnaud Pujol

  • Additional music

    Poor Aurora, Sleeping Beauty, Walt Disney Records, 1959

  • Special Thanks

    • Joseph Grima
    • Martina Muzi
    • Valentin Humbert
  • Selected Screenings

    • Venice Architecture Biennal 2021
    • Milano Design Film Festival 2020
    • MAAT Mode 2020
    • Architecture Film Festival Rotterdam 2020
    • Dutch Design Week 2019