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What Famous Buildings Would Look Like Animated

Axel de Stampa brings buildings alive in a series called "Animated Architecture."

  • 01 /09

    In a series of GIFs called Animated Architecture, Axel de Stampa creates buildings that appear to spin, twist, and pulse.

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    SANAA's Zollverein School of Management & Design in Essen, Germany

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    Herzog & de Meuron's VitraHaus in Germany

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    The Theatre Agora by UNStudio in Lelystad, The Netherlands

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    SANAA's New Museum in New York City

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    MVRDV's Mirador in Madrid

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    Estudio America's Memory Museum in Santiago, Chile

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    David Chipperfield's America’s Cup Building in Valencia, Spain

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    MAD Architects' Absolute Towers in Mississauga, Ontario

Architect Axel de Stampa creates buildings as you've never seen them before. In a GIF series called Animated Architecture, de Stampa takes contemporary buildings—like MAD Architect's twisting skyscrapers in Mississauga, Canada; David Chipperfield's America's Cup Building in Valencia, Spain; and MVRDV's Mirador building in Madrid—and reconfigures them. He clones and rearranges certain aspects of the structure, creating buildings that appear to spin, twist, and pulse.

The series is the latest "spontaneous architecture" project in 1 Week 1 Project, an endeavor de Stampa created in 2013 with fellow Ecole d’Architecture de Paris-Belleville graduate Sylvain Macaux. The designers challenged themselves to create one new architectural project a week for a year, and are still posting, although they no longer stick to the once-a-week goal.

Animated Architecture inverts the typical way people experience a building, by moving around it. Here, instead, the building does the moving. The result is a playful exploration of what these buildings could be, whether it's the New Museum as a boxy, straight-edged skyscraper or Herzog & de Meuron's VitraHaus as a towering stack of identical pitched-roof houses.

[H/T: Visual News]

Slideshow Credits: 01 / Iwan baan / Axel de stampa; 02 / Axel de stampa; 03 / Iwan Baan / Axel de stampa; 04 / Christian Richards / Axel de stampa; 05 / James Ewing / Axel de stampa; 06 / Luis garcia / Axel de stampa; 07 / nicolas siaeh / Axel de stampa; 08 / David Chipperfield / Axel de stampa; 09 / Tom arban / Axel de stampa;