Famous Authors' Iconic Works Become Illustrated Architectures

"Intelligence is an accident of evolution, and not necessarily an advantage." — Isaac Asimov

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Jun 2 2016, 7:30pm

William Shakespeare. Images courtesy the artist

Great writers get that way by exploring universal themes with instantly recognizable styles. The characteristics of Hemingway and Shakespeare are so well-known they're practically memes in their own rights, exemplified by Italian designer Federico Babina's new series, Archiwriter. Babina has explored the intersection of architecture with other art forms, like music and film, and Archiwriter adds iconic authors to that repertoire.

Hemingway is personified in a round, blue building with swooping waves à la The Old Man in the Sea. Shakespeare’s is topped off with a jagged crown and smeared with violent bloody text that identifies it as Macbeth. Babina tells The Creators Project, “The style of a text and the personality of a writer, the issues that he’s facing and the story he relates, can become a small illustrated piece of architecture read with fantasy. Immersed in reading a book, it feels like being inside architecture, a metaphysical space surrounded by the words.” Scrolling through these images, fragments of the fictional worlds Babina references pop into the mind on pure instinct. If you're ready for an uncontrollable desire to dust off your old high school English texts, check out our favorites below:

Ernest Hemingway

Oscar Wilde, William S. Burroughs

Jack Kerouac

Dante Alighieri

Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Isaac Asimov

Charles Bukowski

George Orwell

Franz Kafka, 
Fyodor Dostoyevsky

You can look at the rest of the Archiwriter series on Federico Babina’s website, here.

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