Federico Babina creates Archibet,
an illustrated alphabet of architects

| 4 comments
 

The buildings of 26 prolific architects are transformed into letters of the alphabet in this series of detailed illustrations by graphic designer Federico Babina.

Archibet alphabet of architects by Federico Babina

Entitled Archibet, the collection of images works its way though the alphabet from A to Z, so that each character is represented by an architect whose name starts (or ends) with the same letter.

Archibet alphabet of architects by Federico Babina

Federico Babina started with Alvar Aalto's Riolo Parish Church, before working his way thorough an assortment of buildings that include Walter Gropius' Bauhaus school, Louis Kahn's Phillips Exeter Academy Library and Mies van der Rohe's Barcelona Pavilion.

Archibet alphabet of architects by Federico Babina

The series concludes with Zaha Hadid's Library and Learning Centre in Vienna, but also features Jørn Utzon's Sydney Opera House, Oscar Niemeyer's National Congress of Brazil and Gerrit Rietveld's Schröder House.

Archibet alphabet of architects by Federico Babina

As well as producing individual images for each letter, Babina has compiled all 26 into a single poster image to create street scenes made up of groups of letters.

Archibet alphabet of architects by Federico Babina

"The idea was to build a small microcosm of imaginary architecture on realistic foundations," the designer told Dezeen.

Archibet alphabet of architects by Federico Babina

"Each letter is a small surrealist building that becomes part of an imaginary city made up of different shapes and styles, all speaking the same language of architecture," he added.

Archibet alphabet of architects by Federico Babina

Babina created the images using a mixture of different techniques, from hand-drawing to 3D computer modelling.

Archibet alphabet of architects by Federico Babina

"When I create the illustrations I always use a collage of different techniques and programs," he said. "These different ingredients allow me to achieve the desired atmosphere."

Archibet alphabet of architects by Federico Babina

According to Babina, the most challenging part of the process was choosing which architects to feature.

Archibet alphabet of architects by Federico Babina

"The choice was often guided by an inspiration rather than the importance of the architect," he explained. "Many letters may be represented by other designers, but I chose the ones that best represented my imaginary."

Archibet alphabet of architects by Federico Babina

This is the second illustration project by the designer that borrows imagery from famous architects and buildings. Last year he created a series of pictures that depicted architects and their buildings like vintage video game characters.

Archibet alphabet of architects by Federico Babina

Here's a short description from Federico Babina:


Archibet

An alphabet is a standard set of letters which is used to write one or more languages based on the general principle that the letters represent phonemes of the spoken language.

Archibet alphabet of architects by Federico Babina

Architecture is an "international language", a system of communication. Its complex structure affords a wider range of possible expressions and uses.

Archibet alphabet of architects by Federico Babina

The idea on which the Archibet project is based is to find a way to express through 26 illustrations the heterogeneity of forms and styles that make up the architecture.

Archibet alphabet of architects by Federico Babina

Each letter is drawn according to the interpretation of an architect's style. Each letter is a small surrealist architecture that becomes part of an imaginary city made up of different shapes and styles that speak the same language of architecture.

Archibet alphabet of architects by Federico Babina

Archibet alphabet of architects by Federico Babina

Archibet alphabet of architects by Federico Babina

Archibet alphabet of architects by Federico Babina

Archibet alphabet of architects by Federico Babina

Archibet alphabet of architects by Federico Babina

Archibet alphabet of architects by Federico Babina

Archibet alphabet of architects by Federico Babina

Archibet alphabet of architects by Federico Babina

Archibet alphabet of architects by Federico Babina

Archibet alphabet of architects by Federico Babina

Archibet alphabet of architects by Federico Babina

  • Carlo Sebastian Campos-Alvarez

    This is beyond beautiful.

  • Rachel

    This is lovely. Is it going to be available as a book or print? My husband is an architect and I would love to frame this in the kids room.

  • Andreas

    Even architects need an ABC.

  • Anthony Thompson

    Calatrava is missing. These are well done but it’s not an original idea. A video was produced several years ago based on the same idea of alphabet – architects – and their iconic buildings.