federico babina illustrates mythological creatures merged with architecture

the Italian architect and graphic designer federico babina created ARCHIMUSE; 9 illustrations of muses and goddesses who take different forms, like architecture, camouflaging themselves like chameleons of inspiration. the artist describes the muses as stars that shine only in the darkest moments, and are like mischievous elves to be seen among everyday things.

all images are courtesy of federico babina

the 9 images by federico babina are a mythological universe inhabited by architectural creatures with different personalities who accompany the viewer on an illustrated journey where you can get lost and live for a few moments among their shapes and colors. they are organisms that fly lightly or sit firmly on the ground, timid and introverted, or enthusiastic and adventurous, gentle and motherly, which, when discovered, envelop you in a protective embrace.

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in these illustrations, I like to imagine an anthropomorphic architecture imbued with dreamlike fantasy and mythological themes to describe the unconscious and the double life of architecture. architecture and buildings live a life of their own. they take shape shaped by the dreams, imagination, obsessions, ideas and fears of designers and begin to live as fantastic creatures. you can hear their breath when they are blown by the wind, and you can hear their song when they are hit by the rain. the windows are the eyes to scrutinize the world and through which the observation of their inner universe. they have a brain that moves their mechanisms, a personality that makes them unique and a soul that brings them to life.

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project info:

Last name: ARCHIMUSA

artist: Federico babina

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edited by: yasmina karam | design boom

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