City Portraits by
Victor Enrich


Slideshow: Spanish photographer Victor Enrich has manipulated his own architectural photography to create impossible and fantastical structures, like this tower block that splits into two as though being unzipped. 

City Portraits by Victor Enrich

Shalom 1 and 2 Tel Aviv 2009 - 2 views dedicated to the most emblematic, and tallest for many years, skyscraper of Israel. His shape always invited me to zip it up and down and what's inside... This view is taken from the window of a 2 floor house located in the historical Neve Tsdek (Oasis of Justice) neighbourhood...the house is an astonishing private museum of Madkot, the Israeli beach tennis, with more that 1 hundred rackets.

Other images show a house turned upside down,  a vertical motorway and a seaside apartment block with balconies are abnormally stretched to face the water.

City Portraits by Victor Enrich

One shot provocatively shows a skyscraper in Israel taking the form of a gun, pointing towards the country’s enemies in the east.

City Portraits by Victor Enrich

Manuela is getting late München 2012 - My German private teacher is a very serious and organizes person... One day she got late...something as unexpected as finidng a building upside down! The picture is taken from the München born Sculpture Artsit Christian Engelmann's living room's window, while I stayed after my arrival to this wonderful city were I'm living now.

Enrich explains that the images “don’t pretend to talk directly about anything related to archtitecture or urbanism” but are “simply chosen to become a channel to express myself”.

City Portraits by Victor Enrich

Looping 2007 Riga - Mascavas Iela neighbourhood, from the Latvian movie director Liga Gaisa´s window facing the River Daugava. The bridge bends upwards when reaching the energy of the water. In the other side of the river, the TV building. In those years, a big pharaonic highway bridge was being built 2 miles south. The budget of this bridge was 3 or even 4 times the original while the society of Riga was starting to suffer from the the beginning of a deep crisis.

Captions were provided by the photographer.

City Portraits by Victor Enrich

Defense Tel Aviv 2010 - The First Opera Tower is by the sea, next to my home. The building is a gun pointing eastbound (where "evil" comes from...)

City Portraits by Victor Enrich

Medusa Tel Aviv 2011 - Second pic of the Orchid Hotel. Each balcony tries to get a better view towards the sea as the building is placed 90 degrees to it... bad bad bad.

City Portraits by Victor Enrich

Tongues Tel Aviv 2010 - The first house I see everytime I left home in Tel Aviv. An example of the Bauhaus style...wellknow for it's pulcritude, and "German" order... except for this poor building...

City Portraits by Victor Enrich

Orchid Tel Aviv 2010 - First picture of the Orchid hotel taken from a construction site next to it. All hotels in TLV have their main entrance from behind, few meters up from the sea level... the entrance is also the back of the building... with the emergency staircase which in this case doesn't clarify which is the direction to take in order to escape. TLV faces tourism the same way Miami does.

City Portraits by Victor Enrich

12 Ugly ducks München 2012 - A rational-poor-styled building from the 60s surrounded by 2 prominent neobaroque aristocraitc buildings. However, the aristocratic ones have lots of things to hide... Thanks good that the ugly duck shew us. 12 goes for the number of appartments located in this building.

City Portraits by Victor Enrich

VEF Remonts 2008 Riga - A massive 250 meter long brick made industrial factory located in front of my Squad. This is a view taken in the street that goes the Domina Shopping Mall, even bigger. Passing by, day after day, I always thought of a 200 m swimming pool in the the rooftop under a Chryptonitic Supermanish Glass Roof in the warmth.

City Portraits by Victor Enrich

Mailpark Tel Aviv 2009 - Number one of the 3 dedicated to the only one thing in Tel Aviv that is not white... the red postboxes. The pic is taken in the car park I was crossing every day direction my 10 month Hebrew Language course.

City Portraits by Victor Enrich

Opera Tel Aviv 2010 - One day I come to my office and I see that it has been eaten by a monstruous orange spherical creature. I take the day off. The orange goes as it is the opposite color of the light blue fo the glass. Opera goes for the name of the tower. The picture is taken from a construction site of the hospital in front of it.

City Portraits by Victor Enrich

Labanya Netanya 2011 - A hybrid for a wedding of a friend of mine. He is from Netania ( 50 north of TLV ), she is from Barcelona and they are currently living in L.A. The building is a mix of 3 places: 1, the famous beach of Netania, 2.- "La casa de les Punxes" a modernist building in Barcelona that she could see through her window every day and 3.- their current house in L.A. All they're getting married. Labanya goes for L.Angeles Barcelona netaNYA

City Portraits by Victor Enrich

52 Towers 2007 Helsinki - A merge between the Cathedral and the Panoramic Tower located next to the 1952 Helsinki Olympics. My love for this building comes from Jim Jarmusch "Night on Earth" movie. 2 architectonical periods connected by its white (pure) condition.

City Portraits by Victor Enrich

Mersand Tel Aviv 2010 -  Inspired in the Wile E. Coyote and the Road Runner. This is the building that contains the Cafe Mersand, my favorite coffee shop in TLV. An old cafe from the 50s kept as it was after 3 decades of closing time. TLV is a bubble of isolation and leisure. It's hard to believe that really cruel things are happening daily just a few miles away.

City Portraits by Victor Enrich

Tuna Tel Aviv 2011 - Another of my favorite cafe located on the main floor of the Mekorot building, the water company of TLV. The building opens up as the Meghilot rolls (the Jewish Torah) and a Tuna can that I ate in the desert in one of my several trekks.

City Portraits by Victor Enrich

Million 2009 Jerusalem - Former Hilton Hotel, in the independece Park, ending point of the Jerusalem's Gay Pride. The ocre stone block is reduced to a slim facade holded by a metallic structure inspired in the rooftops of the Million Dollar Hotel in Los Angeles.

City Portraits by Victor Enrich

Reval City 3 2007 Riga - Piece number 3 of a series dedicated to the Reval hotel Latvija, the biggest hotel in the city, being observed from my appartments window in Lacplesa Iela. The series talks about cloning an element (the hotel) that is iconic for the city to the limits of banality. A 90 meter high blue prisma made of glass in contrast with the brick and wooden older buildings of the city.

City Portraits by Victor Enrich

Roofs Tel Aviv 2011 - King George-Alenby streets crossing, the heart of the city. TLV is in the middle east...but Central Europe is there, as you can see. Most of my frineds in Tel Aviv are Jewish coming from Europe.

City Portraits by Victor Enrich

Deportation Tel Aviv 2011 - Unfinished picture that what I was making when I got deported by the Ministry of Interior due to have become a public figure in TLV. Their argument is that i was not alloed to do art in TLV porting a Tourist Visa. The buildings are the Aizrieli Center Mall and Office Complex taken (that is funny) at the entrance of the Ministry of Interior Headquarters. The pic tries to empty the interior as, probably, nothing what happens in there is really important to me.

City Portraits by Victor Enrich

Barnawood Barcelona 2011 - A fast exercise that tries to explain the process of transformation that my home town, Barcelona, is suffering in the last years in terms of low class tourism.

  • Interesting take on the buildings. Or these might actually be the look of buildings in the future when technology is "manipulated" to more unimaginable forms.

  • Architect

    Some of this images actually went to become real buildings. That's called 'contemporary architecture'

  • alexander herrebout

    these pictures and text put a smile on my face…beautiful!

  • olly

    looks cool… but so what?

    • ben h

      Totally with you there. In the age where it seems architects are judged on the images they produce rather than their buildings, I think we have to a little more critical. How does this work further our understanding of the built environment, or even photography. It would be nice to have an artist statement qualifying Victors intent (I couldn't even find one on his website), but for me its all a little too gimmicky – highly polished eye candy symptomatic of a generations of architects obsessed with the new possibilities of computer based formalism and little else.

  • m@d

    Same work in better:

    Go to Work/series/fiction.

  • adam

    used to be the Jerusalem Sheraton, not the Hilton

  • Pretty interesting social commentary, specially with the pics focused on Tel Aviv, which from my POV is already a somewhat surrealist city.

    And I agree that it wouldn't surprise me if some of these 'impossible' buildings get to be the inspiration for future architects ;)

  • Diplomat

    The last coment on the last image is quite ugly, there's no low class tourism or HIGH class tourism. There's an offer and demand. It's ugly to earn money from people and call them low…., close the disco and dance alone man. The comment makes me think that's your home town is a low class town for low class tourism, @ST Aquino Totaly right!

  • lorca lor


  • que tranza con estas mayoría en Tel Avid #wow

  • vertigo66

    I like the awkward translation of the language best of all, gives it personality and parallels the visuals nicely.

  • I think more risks should and can be taken with architecture these days. Some of these are totally feasible. Either way, what a great collection!

  • Amazing… crazy .,attractive ………what happen that is unbelivable

  • Interesting and imaginative takes throughout – one day we might even be able to build some of them.

    I love the Magritte-style Wile E Coyote cafe – just right for me!

  • Fascinante. Al igual que con algunos autores de Ciencia ficción, siempre te queda la duda de si es un artista o un profeta.

  • Paul Lemarquis

    Is this how Apple’s new map shows buildings? I’m thinking in particular of the bridge photo.

  • chephe

    Shalom 1 and 2 Tel Aviv 2009 so interesting. It would be great if there were section drawings :D

  • bal

    I couldn't get the sentence of the last slide about Barcelona? Which low class tourists? Russians, or what?

  • Ramulo

    ” The building is a gun pointing eastbound (where “evil” comes from…)”

    The only turn off above all those interestingly awesome pictures.

  • zeppyled

    Nice computer art.