When I think of Wes Anderson films, I think of the director’s unparalleled talent for craft. From the storytelling, performances and visual design, each element is an inextricable part of the storyteller’s intricate design. For his latest film, The Grand Budapest Hotel, The New York Times has written an in-depth piece of what’s soon to be a memorable Wes Anderson character, the film’s titular hotel. The article is a brilliant look into how the film’s miniature hotel was hand-crafted from concept to conception.

View a few pictures of the hotel in various stages of creation down below, and visit the NY Times for more, plus a full breakdown. The Grand Budapest Hotel hits selected theaters this Friday, March 7.

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