Architects' faces are made up of their buildings
in Federico Babina's Archiportraits series

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Zaha Hadid Archiportrait by Federico Babina

Illustrator Federico Babina has immortalised the faces of 33 prolific architects, including Zaha Hadid, Mies van der Rohe and Álvaro Siza, by creating portraits made up of elements from each of their buildings.

Mies van der Rohe Archiportrait by Federico Babina

For the Archiportraits series, Federico Babina used architectural elements such as windows, columns, staircases and even floor plans to generate features including eyes, noses, frown lines and facial hair for a series of twentieth and twenty-first century architects.

Bjarke Ingels Archiportrait by Federico Babina

Subjects also include Jean Nouvel, Daniel Libeskind and Bjarke Ingels. The intention in each case was to convey personalities and moods, as well as a likeness.

Jean Nouvel Archiportrait by Federico Babina

"A portrait is like the mirror of the soul," said Babina. "The shapes and geometries that are designed by the architect become features for drawing his [or her] face."

Oscar Niemeyer Archiportrait by Federico Babina

The Italian graphic designer came up with the idea after picking out the lenticular eye shape from Oscar Niemeyer's Museu do Olho. "I started searching shapes in architecture to build a portrait," he told Dezeen.

Norman Foster Archiportrait by Federico Babina

An upside-down illustration of the Sagrada Família becomes the neck and chin of Spanish architect Antoni Gaudí, while Norman Foster's nose is provided by the Gherkin.

Rem Koolhaas Archiportrait by Federico Babina

Frank Gehry's Dancing House gives the architect his right ear and Rem Koolhaas features a nose shaped like the CCTV Headquarters.

Eileen Gray Archiportrait by Federico Babina

Alongside Hadid, there are only two other women in the collection; Eileen Gray is drawn with a neck made from her Black Block Screen and Kazuyo Sejima is shown wearing an outfit resembling the Zollverein School of Management and Design.

Kazuyo Sejima Archiportrait by Federico Babina

"I do not want to be unflattering, I just like playing with architects and architecture," said Babina.

Le Corbusier Archiportrait by Federico Babina

"Every little detail is a key component of the whole mosaic," he added. "I tried to develop an expressive and allusive abstraction in which I combined planar structures with three-dimensional shapes to achieve a kind of metaphysical expression."

Richard Rogers Archiportrait by Federico Babina

Other architects in the series include Frank Lloyd Wright, Gerrit Rietveld, Le Corbusier, Toyo Ito and Richard Rogers.

Scroll down to see the rest of the images:

Alvaro Siza Archiportrait by Federico Babina

Gerrit Rietveld Archiportrait by Federico Babina

Daniel Libeskind Archiportrait by Federico Babina

Alvar Aalto Archiportrait by Federico Babina

Antoni Gaudi Archiportrait by Federico Babina

Charles Eames Archiportrait by Federico Babina

F.L. Wright Archiportrait by Federico Babina

Toyo Ito Archiportrait by Federico Babina

Frank O. Gehry Archiportrait by Federico Babina

Jean Prouve Archiportrait by Federico Babina

Louis Kahn Archiportrait by Federico Babina

Luis Barragan Archiportrait by Federico Babina

Arne Jacobsen Archiportrait by Federico Babina

Richard Meier Archiportrait by Federico Babina

Richard Neutra Archiportrait by Federico Babina

Steven Holl Archiportrait by Federico Babina

Enric Miralles Archiportrait by Federico Babina

Tadao Ando Archiportrait by Federico Babina

Walter Gropius Archiportrait by Federico Babina

Mario Botta Archiportrait by Federico Babina

Roberto Burle Marx Archiportrait by Federico Babina

Zaha Hadid Archiportrait by Federico Babina

  • someone should note it down

    It is really great all of this, funny and very interesting! Congratulations! One thing though, what is Ingels doing here?

  • Ivan

    Stunning. Bravo!

  • Anon

    Really?! They look nothing like the architects!

  • BillBaileythe1st

    Sorry to disappoint this illustrator, but there is nothing new here. I have a series of postcards by Louis Hellman which were published in the AJ (or AR, can’t remember which one now) in perhaps the 1980s under the title Archi-Tetes. They also managed to look like their subjects and their buildings, so were actually much better.

    • Japrati

      I disagree – these are better because they are more subtle and more tasteful. The ones you referenced are glorified cartoons with a few architectural references thrown in. These are entirely made up of the architectural motifs, making the illustrative effect much more elegant. This is not intended to be a realistic portrait gallery.

  • cassandra

    Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous! Has no one heard of “artistic licence”?