This Illustrator Turned Iconic Architects From The Past Into A Deck Of Cards We have featured the work of illustrator Federico Babina before, and we are equally as enamoured with his newest project: ARCHICARDS. Celebrating architectural royalty, the Barcelona-based artist, has immortalised them as the faces on a deck of cards. In this shrewd homage to the design greats, Federico plays on the idea of stacking bricks, as a set is often won by placing cards on top of one another. Featuring the recognizable faces of architects such as Le Corbusier, Zaha Hadid and Mies van der Rohe, each card also highlights their most favoured geometries and forms: essentially, what made them famous. In an interview on this tongue-in-cheek project, Babina explained, “I’m interested in playing with architecture ‘seriousness’ and illustration ‘lightheartedness”. He went on to compare games and architecture – two concepts which are more commonly viewed as totally detached from one another – saying that to enjoy the creative process, “[he] needs the game”. Astute, colourful and humorous, we can’t think of any greater accolade than being memorialized as a deck of cards.