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ARCHIMUSIC: Illustrations Turn Music Into Architecture  |  Federico Babina

- Music and architecture are intimately joined by a cosmic connection. They both are generated by an underlying code, an order revealed by mathematics and geometry. […] in these images architecture and music share a clear cultural lineage. The color and the different nuances of music shape the forms and volumes. Reading horizontally gives some basic melodic lines, while reading vertically reveals both harmony and dissonance. A building like an harmonic progression following the movement of chords. A spatial progression that is equivalent to the harmonic progression through chords. Generate a rhythm of solids and voids to reproduce the sequences of notes and silences.

‘Archist’ by Federico Babina

Touching base on artists, such as Piet Mondrian, Andy Warhol, Salvador Dali, Pablo Picasso and many more Italian architect and Illustrator, Federico Babina has created cross-sectional drawings of building reflecting some of the most prolific artists’ style and technique. In a collection of 27 images, Babina’s union between art and architecture, entitled Archist reinforced the definition and the conceptual nature behind contemporary art. The artist’s goal was to illustrate a house or museum designed by Dali and many others. He says:

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.

The results can be seen below. 

List of artists: Keith Haring, Sol LeWitt, Anish Kapoor, Salvador Dalí, Marcel Duchamp, Pablo Picasso, Damien Hirst, Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, Donald Judd, Joan Miró, Mark Rothko, Gerhard Richter, Richard Serra, Piet Mondrian, Ernesto Neto, Ellsworth Kelly, Josef Albers, Antoni Tàpies, James Turell, Frank Stella, Christo and Jeanne-Claude, Anne Truitt, Lucio Fontana, Tony Smith, Peter Halley, Kazimir Málevich.

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Architect/Illustrator Federico Babina recently created a collection of 17 posters entitled “Archiset” in which interiors from iconic films are presented in 2-dimensional cross sections. Using a somewhat retro 60’s advertisement-illustration style, Babina captures key moments and props from film ranging from Kubrick and Hitchcock classics to the (under-rated) Coen Brothers’ comedy, The Hudsucker Proxy. 

You can check out the entire collection and more of Babina’s work here.


ARCHIST  |  Federico Babina

“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.” - Dezeen


Federico Babina - ’Archist’

“Through a playful series of 27 illustrations, italian architect and artist Federico Babina asks, ‘can a work of art be a building?‘. Fusing fine art and architecture, which already share a symbiotic relationship, babina imagines ‘Archist’, the structural spaces of various creatives, appropriating some of their best known works as a cross-sectional plan. ‘I like finding the hidden architecture in parallel universes — in this sense, the illustration helps me to explore alternative languages’ Babina explains. the drawn constructions visualise the surrealist habitat of Salvador Dali, referencing the vaulted egg-shaped form from ‘vestiges atavique’ and a Damien Hirst themed edifice, a shark hovering through glass walls and polka dots cladding the roof, an appropriation from the artist’s ‘spot’ series. the images represent an imagined world of shapes that uses a brush to paint architecture”.


Italian-Spanish illustrator Federico Babina created an awesome series of stylized illustrations depicting iconic buildings reimagined as the animals he thinks they resemble. It’s called the ARCHIZOO and makes the view consider these famous structures in a whole new, wonderfully playful way. New York’s Guggenheim Museum, designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, is a snail. The Eiffel Tower is a giraffe, London’s famous “Gherkin” is seal, and the Sydney Opera House is, quite appropriately, a crocodile. Each delightful illustration also features the name of the architect or architecture studio that designed it.

Prints of each ARCHIZOO building animal are available via Babina’s online shop.

Visit Federico Babina’s website to check out more of his eye-catching artwork.

[via Architizer]