Federico Babina illustrated famous architects, as they feature in an 8 bit video game from 80’s. Each of them is illustrated in the foreground of their most famous building. As Babina said, the idea of this project is to represent the complexity of forms and personalities through the simplicity of pixel.
Frank Lloyd Wright stands next to his spiralling Guggenheim Museum in New York, Le Corbusier is shown besides his Ronchamp chapel in France and Louis Kahn is positioned in front of the concrete Salk Institute campus in California.
Architects Mies van der Rohe and Alvar Aalto are pictured with iconic buildings and also with the chairs they designed.
Antonio Gaudi can be seen with his Sagrada Familia, illustrator didn’t forget to depict construction site, with which this legendary cathedral is surrounded.
Norman Foster and Jean Nouvel are positioned with their curved skyscrapers in London and Barcelona, as Japanese Tadao ando is pixelized with his, already legendary Church of Light.
Women, Japanese Kazyuo Sejma and the Iraqi Zaha Hadidi are shown with all the glory, that this 8-bit pixel managed.
Babina described this style as a “digital pointillism”, when the mouse replaced the brush: “The pixel reappears and emphasises the importance that has the single dot, seen as something essential that in combination with other points form a more complex picture.”
“It’s a metaphor of architecture where every little detail is a key component of the whole mosaic,” says Federico Babina.
Author: Nanuka Zaalishvili
English Edit: Nino Namoradze
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