federico babina imagines famous art as architectural spaces
all images courtesy of federico babina

 

 

 

 

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 visualize 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.

federico babina imagines famous art as architectural spaces
damien hirst’s building appropriates work from his ‘spot’ series and features a shark visible through glass walls

federico babina imagines famous art as architectural spaces
a surrealist structure lofted in the air references salvaldor dali’s work

federico babina imagines famous art as architectural spaces
master of the readymade, marcel duchamp’s structure has a bicycle wheel and urinal as rooftop elements

federico babina imagines famous art as architectural spaces
anish kapoor’s monumental ‘unilever series’ worked into the design

federico babina imagines famous art as architectural spaces
vibrant light and immersive colorful expanses make up james turrel’s building

federico babina imagines famous art as architectural spaces
a stacked, overlapping construction defines pablo picasso’s illustration 

federico babina imagines famous art as architectural spaces
keith haring’s famous dog drawing is used on the building’s façade

federico babina imagines famous art as architectural spaces
andy warhol’s renowned soup can features on the roof

federico babina imagines famous art as architectural spaces
pop art dots and bold colors exemplify roy lichtenstein’s style

federico babina imagines famous art as architectural spaces
a rusty metallic structure is clearly appropriated from richard serrra’s style

federico babina imagines famous art as architectural spaces
mondrian’s primary colored boxes are stacked into a structural arragment