If 57 Iconic Artists Were Architects, As Imagined By Federico Babina

Federico Babina is an Italian architect and graphic designer who lives and works in Barcelona, Spain. He’s a curious person. Every day, Federico tries to rediscover a way to observe the world, and his series Archist and Classic Archist are perfect examples of that.

“[For these] exercises, I reimagined art, taking pleasure in transforming famous artists’ works into buildings, virtually reconstructing and reinterpreting their artistic language into mine,” Babina told Bored Panda.

Continue scrolling and take a look at some of his most captivating concepts.

More info: federicobabina.com | Instagram#1 

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Babina thinks that 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,” he told Bored Panda. “It is easy to find the art hidden behind an architectural shape or see reflected the geometry of a building painted on a canvas. It is impossible to conceive of the history of art in exclusion from that of architecture.”

“Painting, sculpture, and architecture have always been complementary disciplines that influence each other and grow and develop along common paths. A sculpture is like a micro-architecture, a facade can become like a painted canvas, and a building can be shaped like in the hands of a skilled sculptor,” the architect explained.#2 

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There’s a building near me with windows similar to the bottom half of this building0ReplyView more comments

Babina likes finding the hidden architecture in parallel universes. In this sense, creating these illustrations helps him to explore alternative artistic languages. “I tried to imagine how a house designed by Dalí would be or a museum designed by Miró,” he explained the origins of the project.

“These images represent an imaginary world of shapes that uses the brush.”#4 

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When he’s working on these images, Babina’s choices are guided by different reasons. “There is not a common rule. There must be something that stimulates my imagination, some element that represents the starting point for a trip using my imagination,” he said. 

“I do not necessarily admire all these artists, but this is not the important thing. The subjects I choose should provoke in me a feeling, positive or negative. Something that kindles a spark to give birth to an idea.”#6 

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Been in love with his work since I was six…… So glad he lived in a time before artists were expected to be responsible adults….6ReplyView more comments#8 

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Hopper has such a special atmosphere in his paintings1ReplyView more comments

The idea was to carefully study the expressive language of an artist and read between the lines the hidden architecture in it, probable and improbable connections between forms of expression and aesthetic languages.

“When I make a series, I think that every image is important to express the general concept. I find it impossible to pick one because they all represent a piece of the composition. I have always in mind a general design that contains all of them.”#9 

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you’d think they would all be very different bur they all have mid-century aesthetic . Don’t get me wrong, I love that, but not very diverse.0Reply#10 

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“William Morris said: ‘My concept of architecture is in union and collaboration of the arts, so that all things be subordinate to the other and in harmony with them.’ There is a symbiotic relationship, an implicit partnership between architecture and art. Different art branches meet in many fields,” Babina said.#12 

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Abstract!1Reply#13 

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I love this!1Reply#14 

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According to him, art and architecture are disciplines that speak and lightly touch each other, so the definition and function of architecture is changing constantly with the development of contemporary art.#15 

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It has some Niemeyer touches though. But cool nonetheless.0ReplyView more comments#16 

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not gonna lie, I thought that was cheese1

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Looks like a UFO, pretty neat.1ReplyView more comments#18 

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Rapunzel?1Reply#19 

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I can’t believe this one is so low on the list!1ReplyView more comments#20 

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This one I could see as an office building in my city1ReplyView More Replies…View more comments#21 

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Wow!1Reply#23 

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ah, the kiss :*0ReplyView more comments#24 

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That looks like it would be nice to live in1Reply#26 

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Sculpted from one solid piece of marble?2Reply#32 

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Woah, kinda threw me off there…1Reply#36 

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Norma4 hours ago

All righty, who’s going to keep those curtains clean? It ain’t gonna be me!!1Reply#41 

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Gandalf the Pink3 hours ago

Is that a urinal chimney? That’s a urinal chimney.2Reply#43 

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This one doesn’t even need a label! You can tell right away.0Reply#44 

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No idea who this artist is, but I like his style0Reply#48 

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I swear I’ve seen this exact building somewhere….0Reply#52 

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Suzy the observer4 hours ago

Habitat 671ReplyView More Replies…View more comments#55 

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