AI explorations of baroque architecture envision intricate façades made of silk and stone

AI explorations of baroque architecture envision intricate façades made of silk and stone

Mohammad Qasim Iqbal’s Ai explorations of Baroque façades

 

This series of Midjourney generated images by architecture student Mohammad Qasim Iqbal experiments with silk and stone tectonics to render grand, intricate baroque façades. Using artificial intelligence, the conceptual project creates a blurred, ‘in-between’ architecture where silk and stone elements merge and intertwine in a surreal composition. The structures emulate the idiosyncratic architectural motifs of baroque master Francesco Borromini. The characteristic historical baroque design language of Borromini, including layering geometric shapes, undulating forms, richly sculpted elements and dramatic exuberance, are here taken into new territories, engraved from silk in a contemporary expression. 

AI explorations of baroque architecture by mohammad qasim iqbal envision intricate facades made of silk and stone
all images by Mohammad Qasim Iqbal

 

 

rich silk and stone carvings intertwine in bold expressions

 

Mohammad Qasim Iqbal begins his experimentation with exploring the technical and theoretical elements of baroque architecture, looking to notable architects of the movement. Using Midjourney, the architect emulates the bold extravagance of 17th-century Italian architect Francesco Borromini, generating undulating façades with rich, free-flowing sculptural details. Feeding further text-based prompts and iterations into the AI program, the architect pushes the architecture into new, surreal and contemporary territories. Inputting the phrase ‘silk’ extends the baroque façades’ original character and qualities, allowing the AI to lend new properties of the fabric to the stonework while becoming a complementary piece to each structure.

 

This study intertwines the sculptural details of the stone with the intricacy of the fabric of silk  to stitch a contemporary version of the baroque façade. The seamless merging and blurring of the materials and forms encourages the viewer to look closely before they can distinguish between stone and silk. In a sense, elements of the work are reminiscent of Bernini’s David sculpture, ‘where you forget the fact you are looking at a stone sculpture because of the immense detail and visual feel of the rope and hair’, notes Qasim Iqbal.

AI explorations of baroque architecture by mohammad qasim iqbal envision intricate facades made of silk and stone
using Midjourney, the structures emulate the bold extravagance of Baroque architect Francesco Borromini

AI explorations of baroque architecture by mohammad qasim iqbal envision intricate facades made of silk and stone
AI lends new properties of silk to the historic stonework

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AI explorations of baroque architecture by mohammad qasim iqbal envision intricate facades made of silk and stone
Mohammad Qasim Iqbal experiments with silk and stone tectonics to render grand, intricate baroque facades

AI explorations of baroque architecture by mohammad qasim iqbal envision intricate facades made of silk and stone
the facades express baroque elements, including overlapping, rich geometric shapes and undulating forms

AI explorations of baroque architecture by mohammad qasim iqbal envision intricate facades made of silk and stone
the series utilizes AI tool Midjourney to take baroque architecture motifs into new territories

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AI explorations of baroque architecture envision intricate façades made of silk and stone
 
AI explorations of baroque architecture envision intricate façades made of silk and stone
 
AI explorations of baroque architecture envision intricate façades made of silk and stone
 
AI explorations of baroque architecture envision intricate façades made of silk and stone
 
AI explorations of baroque architecture envision intricate façades made of silk and stone
 
AI explorations of baroque architecture envision intricate façades made of silk and stone
 

project info:

 

name: Silk & Stone Baroque Façades
designer: Mohammad Qasim Iqbal

 

 

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edited by: ravail khan | designboom

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