ARCHIMACHINE: 17 Countries Illustrated as Architectural Machines

  • 06 May 2014
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Federico Babina, the illustrator behind the extremely popular ARCHIPORTRAIT (portraits of architects done in that architect’s particular style), ARCHIST (fictional works of architecture in the styles of particular artists) and ARCHICINE ( of architecture in famous films), has just released his latest: ARCHIMACHINE.

ARCHIMACHINE is a series of “17 illustrations of fantastic machines representing 17 countries whose gears are made and operated by architecture. Mechanisms suspended in time and space that produce and process culture.” According to Babina, ARCHIMACHINE is a metaphor for how architecture acts as a fundamental mechanism in the production of the identity/culture of both a place and that place’s inhabitants: “We make our buildings and afterwards they make us.”

See all 17 countries as ARCHIMACHINEs below.

Cite: Quirk, Vanessa. "ARCHIMACHINE: 17 Countries Illustrated as Architectural Machines" 06 May 2014. ArchDaily. Accessed 18 Dec 2014. <http://www.archdaily.com/?p=503618>
  • michael ian black

    have the people who made these ever been to these countries?! (or cities really because most of these just show the most famous buildings in the country’s capital, did they get them from wikipedia?) and ‘architectural machines’ god, could this be any more pointless and cliche?

    “According to Babina, ARCHIMACHINE is a metaphor for how architecture acts as a fundamental mechanism in the production of the identity/culture of both a place and that place’s inhabitants: “We make our buildings and afterwards they make us.””

    GROUNDBREAKING STUFF

  • Shajedur Rahman

    The Kahn’s building is in Bangladesh, not in India.
    They are two different countries.

  • Rem Koolbag

    Why does the ‘England’ machine incorporate the flag identity of Great Britain. The 2 are different entities.

    Other than that, some pretty great images!

  • Bernardo Hauck

    Brazil = Niemeyer??

  • sehyun

    What a Eurocenturic joke, shallow and cartoonish