Barcelona-based architect Federico Babina has commemorated 33 well-known architects—among the honored are Charles Eames, Norman Foster, Frank Lloyd Wright and Rem Koolhaus—in illustrated portrait series titled "Archiportrait." The illustrations present themselves as mini puzzles featuring famed staircases, window panes, support structures, entire buildings and more. In short, any renowned architectural form you can think of is hidden with these faces. While we've cracked (parts of) nine portraits for you, there are still 24 left open for your own interpretations.
The colorful, tiled roof of the Santa Caterina Market in Barcelona is re-imagined as the facial hair of the architect Corbusier's portrait features The Palace of Justice in Chandigarh, India (top) and Church of Saint-Pierre in Firminy, France (bottom)Corbusier's portrait features The Palace of Justice in Chandigarh, India (top) and Church of Saint-Pierre in Firminy, France (bottom) The ever-popular Eames chair is canonized as the architect's noseThe ever-popular Eames chair is canonized as the architect's nose
The illustrations were meant to depict elements of the architects' work in true-to-reality expressions, as well as portray some insight into their personalities. "Every little detail is a key component of the whole mosaic," Babina says, as quoted in a write-up from Dezeen. "I tried to develop an expressive and allusive abstraction in which I combined planar structures with three-dimensional shapes to achieve a kind of metaphysical expression."
The Johnson Wax Headquarters in Racine, Wisconsin (top) moonlights as Wright's neck while and the Guggenheim in New York City (bottom) tops the portrait as a hat The Gherkin in London serves Foster well as a nose in his illustration
My favorite: Kazuyo Sejima's portrait, whose hair mimics the curves of her Serpentine Gallery Pavilion design from 2009 and outfit sports the same haphazard window pattern of the Zollverein School of Management and Design:
Rightfully so, Niemeyer's eye is depicted as the "Eye,"—otherwise known as the Novo Museu (New Museum) in Curitiba, Brazil (top) and other facial shapes are taken from the National Congress of Brazil (bottom) Nouvel's award-winning redesign of Port of Vigo in Spain doubles as an ear Koolhaus' nostrils channel the CCTV Building in Beijing
To see a full archive of Babina's illustrations, visit his website.