federico babina illustrates countries operated by architecture
(above) china’s CCTV tower by OMA is illustrated in the drawing
all images courtesy of federico babina

 

 

 

 

italian illustrator federico babina‘s latest series ‘archimachine’ describes 17 countries whose gears are made and operated by architecture. each cog in the wheel is a key piece for its functioning, ‘a surrealist spaceship where the country and its symbols floating weightless…a microcosm that transports the imagination.’, babina describes. the project is a metaphor of how architecture and engineering are a fundamental piece in the of identity of urban places and of people that inhabit them, and presents a narrative exploration of a country and its culture. the colors and the symbols participate in the effort of a surrealist description of a nation.

federico babina illustrates countries operated by architecture
the eiffel tower and pompidou centre are represented for france

federico babina illustrates countries operated by architecture
italy’s renowned bicycle culture is referenced in the cogs of the machine

federico babina illustrates countries operated by architecture
the gherkin, tower bridge and tate modern are illustrated in the england scene

federico babina illustrates countries operated by architecture
delineated in the colors most associated with germany, the bauhaus is revived in the scene

federico babina illustrates countries operated by architecture
canada’s signature maple leaf motif is a central element of the design

federico babina illustrates countries operated by architecture
red and white represent the japanese infrastructure and energy systems

federico babina illustrates countries operated by architecture
frank ghery’s concert house and the seattle space needle are among the well-known architecture pictured

federico babina illustrates countries operated by architecture
india’s piece is topped with taj mahal