Famous works of art transformed into buildings
in Federico Babina’s Archist Series

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Iconic works from artists including Piet Mondrian, Andy Warhol, Damien Hirst, Marcel Duchamp and more are reinterpreted as cross-sectional drawings of buildings in this series from Italian architect and illustrator Federico Babina (+ slideshow).

Art meets architecture in Federico Babinas Archist Series

The collection of 27 images, entitled Archist, playfully interprets the styles and themes of some of the world's greatest artists including Picasso, Salvador Dali and Joan Miro, and imagines them as architectural forms.

Art meets architecture in Federico Babinas Archist Series

Babina explores the symbiotic relationship between architecture and art, and how they would interact with each other.

Art meets architecture in Federico Babinas Archist Series

"Art and architecture are disciplines that speak and lightly touch each other,” explained Babina. "The definition and function of architecture is changing constantly with the development of contemporary art."

Art meets architecture in Federico Babinas Archist Series

The artist tried to imagine what a house designed by Dali or a museum designed by Miro might look like.

Art meets architecture in Federico Babinas Archist Series

"A sculpture is like a micro-architecture, a facade can become like a painted canvas and a building can be shaped as in the hands of a skilled sculptor," he said.

Art meets architecture in Federico Babinas Archist Series

Among some of the most recognisable works is Roy Lichtenstein's comic-book style and block colour schemes laid over a Modernist-style house on stilts.

Art meets architecture in Federico Babinas Archist Series

Sliced images of Warhol's Marilyn Diptych are spread across rooms decorated in bright colours with two Campbell's tomato soup cans placed atop the rectangular building.

Art meets architecture in Federico Babinas Archist Series

Damien Hirst's 2005 piece Wrath of God featuring a shark set in formaldehyde and his colourful dot series Mickey are used to bring a modular building to life.

Art meets architecture in Federico Babinas Archist Series

An eclectic and almost random arrangement of shapes make up the Picasso building, echoing the artist's dabblings with Cubism.

Art meets architecture in Federico Babinas Archist Series

Marcel Duchamp's building, meanwhile, draws on the artist’s Roue de Bicyclette, reinterpreting it as a pulley system watched over by the Dadaist's Fountain urinal.

Art meets architecture in Federico Babinas Archist Series

Salvador Dali's distorted and surrealist shapes are propped up by wooden stilts and feature windows resembling an eye and nostril in Babina's interpretation.

Art meets architecture in Federico Babinas Archist Series

Joan Miro's Dancer is used to liven up a square building with the addition of circular and square windows and a deep blue finish.

Art meets architecture in Federico Babinas Archist Series

"Painting, sculpture and architecture have always been complementary disciplines that influence each other and grow and develop among common paths," Babina concluded.

Art meets architecture in Federico Babinas Archist Series

The artist is planning on turning this and some of his other work into a book.

Art meets architecture in Federico Babinas Archist Series

Previously, Babina created an illustrated series of film sets in self-contained cross sections called Archiset. He also designed an alphabet of illustrated letters that depict buildings by 26 famous architects.

Art meets architecture in Federico Babinas Archist Series

Here's some information from Federico Babina:


Can a work of art be a building ?

ARCHIST is a playful interpretation of the expressive language and aesthetic of some of the most popular artists. I enjoyed creating 27 "paintingsprojects" which represented 27 different artists.

Art meets architecture in Federico Babinas Archist Series

There is a Symbiotic Relationship an implicit partnership between Architecture and Art, different art branches meet in many fields.

Art meets architecture in Federico Babinas Archist Series

Art and architecture are disciplines that speak and lightly touch each other, the definition and function of the architecture are changing constantly with the development of contemporary art.

Art meets architecture in Federico Babinas Archist Series

In this exercise of style I took pleasure imagining architecture steeped of art, designed and constructed through the interpretation of an artist’s language.

Art meets architecture in Federico Babinas Archist Series

Art, architecture and sculpture are historically linked by an unbreakable thread, we find examples of paintings and sculptures having a direct influence on architectural design.

Art meets architecture in Federico Babinas Archist Series

It is easy to find the art hidden behind an architectural shape or see reflected a geometry of a building painted on a canvas. It is impossible to conceive of the history of art in exclusion from that of architecture.

Art meets architecture in Federico Babinas Archist Series

Painting sculpture and architecture have always been complementary disciplines that influence each other and feed to grow and develop along common paths.

Art meets architecture in Federico Babinas Archist Series

A sculpture is like a micro-architecture, a facade can become like a painted canvas and a building can be shaped as in the hands of a skilled sculptor.

Art meets architecture in Federico Babinas Archist Series

I like finding the hidden architecture in parallel universes, in this sense, the illustration helps me to explore alternative languages.

Art meets architecture in Federico Babinas Archist Series

I tried to imagine how it would have been a house designed by Dalí or a museum designed by Miró.

Art meets architecture in Federico Babinas Archist Series

These images represent an imaginary and imagined world of shapes that uses the brush to paint architecture.

Art meets architecture in Federico Babinas Archist Series

  • papou

    Great artwork! And an interaction between painters and architects which actually exists.

  • spadestick

    Great interpretations. Would be lovely if any of these were built!

    • Jason Normand

      In the Mondrian case it does in a sense. De Stijl was popular among a number of architects, particularly Gerrit Rietveld.

      I suspect some of the other movments have architects from the time that drew influence as well.

  • James

    A culture vulture’s wet dream!

    • Muschio

      [sic] “Boy, I wish I had thought of that!”

  • Grant

    Art + Drop Shadow = Architecture

  • L_I_A_Q_A_T

    Very inspirational.

  • Ivan

    Salvadore Dali and Zaha have so much in common :)

  • Concerned Citizen

    Unexpected “interpretations” of some of the artists.

  • Florq

    Some of the had actually happened, like Mondrian and Rietveld.

  • JanMony

    Pure graphic design, inspirational architecture. Marcel Duchamp is my favourite.

  • MrG
  • Hiba Skh

    Nice idea to get inspired.

  • luka koroshinadze

    Where can I buy this poster?

  • mrose

    These are great designs and really capture the essence of many of the artists’ work, but could you really only think of one woman artist to include?! Shameful, really.

  • thatguy
  • Mukul

    These are fabulous interpretations that could be physically manifested. Observe that the placememt of each human figure not only helps us discern scale but also sheds a lot of light on each artist’s perception of art and human intervention.

  • una

    It’s really amazing how you can see some of these in the works of different architects. Christo for me looks like Shigeru Ban’s curtain house http://ourhouseisourworld.files.wordpress.com/2013/10/ban-shigeru-01.jpg

  • Dana Sherwood

    There are a number of artists missing: Georgia O’Keeffe, Tamara de Lempicka, Margaret Bourke-White, Barbara Hepworth, Frida Kahlo, Lee Krasner, Louise Bourgeois, Agnes Martin, Helen Frankenthaler, Eva Hesse, Kara Walker. Sensing a theme?

  • http://www.rikverhalle.nl Rik

    Just plain wrong! Adding window frames to a painting and adding people does not make it architecture.

    • maxwell smart

      Relax. It’s art.

  • Just To Say

    Tony Smith is pretty much CCTV.