How Painter Ben Johnson Takes Architectural Representation to Incredible Levels of Realism

04:00 - 8 December, 2015
'Approaching the Mirador' (2013, acrylic on canvas, 89 x 59in / 225 x 150cm). Image © Ben Johnson
'Approaching the Mirador' (2013, acrylic on canvas, 89 x 59in / 225 x 150cm). Image © Ben Johnson

Ben Johnson is a painter preoccupied by realism – especially when it comes to the two-dimensional representation of architectural space. A British artist practicing in London, Johnson has been working professionally since the mid-1960s. In that time his extensive œuvre has encompassed painted cityscapes and prints to depictions of rooms designed—among others—by Norman Foster, John Pawson, I. M. Pei, and David Chipperfield.

'Room of the Niobids II' (2011, acrylic on canvas, 71 x 99in / 180 x 252cm): depiction of the Neues Museum (Berlin) by David Chipperfield Architects & Julian Harrap. Image © Ben Johnson 'Fatherland Room' (2014, acrylic on canvas, 71 x 93in / 180 x 237cm): depiction of the Neues Museum (Berlin) by David Chipperfield Architects & Julian Harrap. Image © Ben Johnson 'Roman Room' (2014, acrylic on canvas, 71 x 93in / 180 x 237cm): depiction of the Neues Museum (Berlin) by David Chipperfield Architects & Julian Harrap. Image © Ben Johnson 'Room of the Niobids' (2011, acrylic on canvas, 71 x 99in / 180 x 252cm): depiction of the Neues Museum (Berlin) by David Chipperfield Architects & Julian Harrap. Image © Ben Johnson +19

Faculty of Health Sciences / MEDIOMUNDO Arquitectos

05:00 - 3 November, 2015
© Fernando Alda
© Fernando Alda

© Fernando Alda Courtesy of Medio Mundo Arquitectos © Fernando Alda © Fernando Alda +32

Renovation of the Oscense Theatre / Julia González Pérez-Blanco + Miguel Bretones del Pozo

03:00 - 5 October, 2015
© Fernando Alda
© Fernando Alda

© Fernando Alda © Fernando Alda © Fernando Alda © Fernando Alda +28

Pharmacy El Puente / ariasrecalde taller de arquitectura

13:00 - 5 August, 2015
© Javier Callejas
© Javier Callejas

© Javier Callejas © Javier Callejas © Javier Callejas © Javier Callejas +33

AD Classics: Caja Granada Savings Bank / Alberto Campo Baeza

09:00 - 5 March, 2015
© Estudio Arquitectura Campo Baeza
© Estudio Arquitectura Campo Baeza

The city of Granada in southern Spain is well reputed for its architectural heritage. It counts among its treasures the Alhambra and the Generalife, two of the finest triumphs of Moorish culture, in addition to countless works of European lineage from the centuries following the Reconquista. Since 2001, Granada has been able to lay claim to one of Spain’s finest contemporary projects as well, the Caja Granada Savings Bank, designed by the since-established firm of Alberto Campo Baeza.

The transluscent glow of the thin alabaster wall of the northern offices. Image © Estudio Arquitectura Campo Baeza © Estudio Arquitectura Campo Baeza Exterior glass on the southern profiles is recessed behind the extruded frame to shield it from direct sunlight. Image © Estudio Arquitectura Campo Baeza © Estudio Arquitectura Campo Baeza +13

Moorish Wall in Alto Albaicín / Antonio Jiménez Torrecillas

03:00 - 25 February, 2015
© David Arredondo y Alberto García
© David Arredondo y Alberto García
  • Architects

  • Location

    Calle Pernaleros Alto, 18010 Granada, Granada, Spain
  • Project Year

    2006
  • Photographs

    David Arredondo y Alberto García, Vicente del Amo, Theo Coutanceau, Jesús Torres, Courtesy of Antonio Jiménez Torrecillas

© Vicente del Amo © Vicente del Amo © Vicente del Amo © Jesús Torres +26

Single Family House with Garden / DTR_Studio Arquitectos

01:00 - 20 November, 2014
© Javier Callejas
© Javier Callejas

© Javier Callejas © Javier Callejas © Javier Callejas © Javier Callejas +18

Álvaro Siza + Juan Domingo Santos Design “New Gate of Alhambra”

01:00 - 11 March, 2014
Alhambra Atrium I Ivy Courtyard (Northwest Landscape View). Image © Alvaro Siza Vieira + Juan Domingo Santos; Rendering by LT Studios
Alhambra Atrium I Ivy Courtyard (Northwest Landscape View). Image © Alvaro Siza Vieira + Juan Domingo Santos; Rendering by LT Studios

Commissioned after winning an international competition in 2010, Portuguese architect Álvaro Siza Viera and Granada-based Juan Domingo Santos have unveiled designs for a new entrance and visitors center at the Alhambra World Heritage site. A result of “superimposing a regular geometry over a territory of topography,” the new gate rearranges visitor access into the more than 1000-year-old monument through a series of enclosed, shaded courtyards and open, sunlit terraces. 

Following to his experience at the Alhambra in 2009, Siza journaled about his envision for the new gate, stating: “…from bright sun to shadows, from warmth to coolness, from wide to intimate focus, I like to dream about my project before I set it down in any detail.”

Teacher Training Center / Ramón Fernández-Alonso

01:00 - 20 January, 2014
© Jesús Granada
© Jesús Granada
  • Architect

  • Location

    Granada, Spain
  • Technical Architects

    Miguel Ángel Jiménez Dengra, Rafael Palma Moyano y Francisco Torres Ramirez
  • Area

    19756.0 m2
  • Year

    2012
  • Photography

    Jesús Granada

© Jesús Granada © Jesús Granada © Jesús Granada © Jesús Granada +22

Research and Production Plant for Pharmaceutical and Food Products / Ramón Fernández-Alonso

01:00 - 14 January, 2014
© Fernando Alda 
© Fernando Alda 

Courtesy of Ramón Fernández-Alonso © Fernando Alda  Courtesy of Ramón Fernández-Alonso Courtesy of Ramón Fernández-Alonso +15

Dominican School in Ogíjares / Elisa Valero Ramos

01:00 - 13 November, 2013
© Fernando Alda 
© Fernando Alda 
  • Architect

  • Location

    Granada, Spain
  • Technical Architect

    Rufino Manuel Quesada Molina
  • Client

    Colegio Santa María del Llano
  • Collaborator

    Leonardo Tapiz Buzarra
  • Constructor

    Parejo Anguita S.L.
  • Area

    931.5 sqm
  • Year

    2012
  • Photography

© Fernando Alda  © Fernando Alda  © Fernando Alda  © Fernando Alda  +9

Polyvalent Social Center in Lancha del Genil / Elisa Valero Ramos

01:00 - 12 September, 2013
© Fernando Alda 
© Fernando Alda 

© Fernando Alda  © Fernando Alda  © Fernando Alda  © Fernando Alda  +16

Legal Medical Institute of Granada / Andrés López, Jesús Bozzo y Rosa Palacios

01:00 - 19 May, 2013
© Jesús Granada
© Jesús Granada

© Jesús Granada © Jesús Granada © Jesús Granada © Jesús Granada +22

Police Headquarters / Juan Alberto Morillas Martín

01:00 - 18 April, 2013
© Jesus Granada
© Jesus Granada
  • Architects

    Juan Alberto Morillas Martín
  • Location

    Granada, Spain
  • Architect in Charge

    Juan Alberto Morillas Martín
  • Engineering

    OTINGAR S.L.
  • Structure Calculation

    OTINGAR S.L.
  • Collaborators

    Luis Miguel París López
  • Technical Architect

    Miguel Fernández Melguizo
  • Area

    2751.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2010
  • Photographs

    Jesus Granada

© Jesus Granada © Jesus Granada © Jesus Granada © Jesus Granada +38

GENyO Laboratories / Planho

01:00 - 7 February, 2013
© Alejandro González
© Alejandro González

© Alejandro González © Alejandro González © Alejandro González © Alejandro González +34

Pavilion of Tetrabriks / CUAC Arquitectura + Sugarplatform

01:00 - 7 January, 2013
© Javier Callejas Sevilla
© Javier Callejas Sevilla
  • Architects

  • Location

    Granada, Spain
  • Design Team CUAC Arquitectura

    Tomás García Píriz, Javier Castellano Pulido
  • Design Team Sugarplatform

    Julian Fajardo, Cristophe Beaveuz
  • Budget

    2,000 €
  • Area

    450 sqm
  • Photographs

© Javier Callejas Sevilla © Javier Callejas Sevilla © Javier Callejas Sevilla © Javier Callejas Sevilla +16

Swimming Pool in “Bola de Oro” Sports Centre / José Luis Rodríguez Gil

14:00 - 16 October, 2012
© Fernando Alda
© Fernando Alda

Architects: José Luis Rodríguez Gil Location: Granada, Andalucia, Spain Design Team: José Luis Rodríguez Gil, Jorge G. Molinero Sánchez Project Year: 2009 Photographs: Fernando Alda

© Fernando Alda © Fernando Alda © Fernando Alda © Fernando Alda +17

Store reform / A-cero

01:00 - 20 July, 2012
© Juan Sánchez
© Juan Sánchez
  • Architects

  • Location

    Calle de los Mesones, 51, 18001 Granada, Spain
  • Architect in Charge

    Joaquin Torres, Rafael Llamazares
  • Area

    48.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2011
  • Photographs

    Juan Sánchez

© Juan Sánchez © Juan Sánchez © Juan Sánchez © Juan Sánchez +15