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.

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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.

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04_Archicard_frank-lloyd-wright
05_Archicard_mies-van-der-rohe
06_Archicard_alvar-aalto
07_Archicard_Gerrit_Rietveld
08_Archicard_walter-gropius
09_Archicard_Eileen-Gray
010_Archicard_Charlotte-Perriand
011_Archicard_kazuyo-sejima
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