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23 April, 2020
Graphic Art Series – Federico Babina
In light of the current situation we find ourselves in we thought we’d create a series displaying one of our favourite artists, for all the architectural tragics out there!
Federico Babina intertwines his interest in graphic design and architecture in his graphic art. His series, Archiplan, interprets well known architects and creates a visual reflection of their architectural approach and philosophy
The first in the series is Tadao Ando, a Japanese architect well known for his work with concrete, thoughtful use of natural light and interweaving of natural and man made elements.
Ando’s work has a strong foundational ideology that reflects a building’s natural surroundings. He forms his delicate and beautiful compositions through contrasting concrete curves with angular lines.
Carlos Scarpa’s architecture combines a natural approach to materials, colour and light, resulting in elegant predominately horizontal compositions. Scarpa’s understanding and use of traditional craftsmanship, added a level of detail and complexity to his architecture that on the surface appears very simple. Babina’s visual reflection highlights Scarpa’s orthogonal compositions, plays of light and a subtle hints additional detail and complexity.
No. 3 in the series, Zaha Hadid. Zaha is known for her complex geometries. Her early built work explored fragmented geometries, once translated into built work it resulted in hard and angular shapes. In later years the fragmented and distorted geometries were softened with curvatures. Hadid uses extremely strong materials, such as concrete and steel, but presents them in forms that appear soft, yet still sturdy.
Babina’s work reflects the complex shapes used by Hadid. The curving lines, meeting at sharp right angles, accentuates the contrast of soft curvatures yet sturdy compositions that are quintessential in Hadid’s design.
Le Corbusier is a master of modern architecture and design. His approach defined the attitude of Modernist architecture: “a machine for living in”. Corbusier developed his concept of “pilotis” (columns at the base), which allowed his use of walls to be freed from structural function. This gave Corbusier the opportunity to use lines and curves to create unique architectural shapes.
Babina’s square like composition, containing evenly spaced circles (reflecting the integral importance of the “pilotis”) as well as capturing the unique curves, accurately reflects Le Corbusier’s use of line and the structural freedom offered through “pilotis”.
FRANK LLOYD WRIGHT
While innovating in form and materials, Frank Lloyd Wright was also known for his attention to space, and creating architectural spatial environments that had not before been experienced.
Babino’s reflection represents Wright’s use simple geometries, structure and unusual spaces through the interesting integration of hexagonal and triangular shapes.