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Trump's development plans for the White House envisioned in satirical images

Trump's development plans for the White House envisioned in satirical illustrations

These tongue-in-cheek images offer visions of the White House after US president-elect and renowned real-estate mogul Donald Trump gets the keys.

With Trump due to move into the iconic presidential home next year after victory in this week's election, architecture collective Partisans has imagined what the prolific developer might do to capitalise on the building and its land.


The American businessman took over his father's real-estate company in 1971, and has since amassed a property empire that began in New York and spread across globe.

For a project titled Reconstruct America Again, the team has digitally collaged images of some of Trump's best-recognised developments and other structures with the White House. The results form adverts for the conceptual architectural projects.


"The series is our attempt to bring some levity and satire to an otherwise very dark moment in history," Partisans director of content and culture Nicola Spunt told Dezeen.

The Presidential Suites at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue – the address of the White House – could be a luxury condominium building, towering over the house and sheathed in a golden skin. The grounds could make way for a residents-only golf course.


Alternatively, replicas of the Trump Towers in Las Vegas or New York could be built on the site.

Other suggestions include creating a giant version of the Big Duck building on Long Island wearing a toupé, or turning the home into a branch of the Trump-owned Taj Mahal casino in New Jersey.


The White House was designed in the neoclassical style by architect James Hoban, and its first resident, John Adams, moved in after work completed in 1800.

It has been home to every US president since, and will remain occupied by Barack Obama and his family until Trump is inaugurated in early 2017.

Even before Trump won the election, architects and designers were creating satirical responses to some of his controversial comments.


A Mexican firm imagined the wall he proposed for the US-Mexico border as a pink barrier inspired by the work of architect Luis Barragán, while his image was used for a whoopee cushion, a pińata and a series of pins.

Following news of his victory, illustrators expressed their feelings about the vote through graphics they posted to social media.