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Architecture's Role in Fairy Tales

Friday, February 10, 2017

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Once upon a time there was an Italian architect whose signature creations blended art, architecture and fantasy.

Frederico Babina’s latest work is no different—Architale is inspired by the enchantment of fairy tales. The series of drawings reinvent 17 structures that the well-known characters call home.

Architale
Courtesy of Federico Babina

“The beautiful fairy tales like good architecture are adorned with magic and mystery and supported by a solid structure,” Babina explained in an artist statement.

From the Three Little Pigs and their digs made of straw, wood and brick to Cinderella’s futuristic abode, the drawings offer clues about the characters.

“The idea is to use architecture and its shapes to take part in the relat[ion] of stories, transforming the buildings into ‘narrative objects,’” said Babina.

“My first steps as an architect were visiting the homes and castles of fairy tales that as a child made me travel with fantasy,” the architect said. “The lighted windows in the dark night that hide secrets and surprises; the objects that have been transformed and come to life were for me a prelude to the universe of architecture and design.”

Babina made the news last year with his "Archicards" series, a rendering of famous architects as playing cards. Visit http://federicobabina.com/ for more of the story and to view Babina’s other projects.

   

Tagged categories: Aesthetics; Architecture; Artists; Designers

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