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Archibet A to Z

Archibet is Federico Babina’s Illustrated Alphabet for Architecture.

Graphic Designer Federico Babina created a series of 26 detailed illustrations representing each letter of the Latin alphabet; each letter represents an iconic building of the 26 most prolific architects.

Entitled Archibet, the collection of images works its way through the alphabet from A to Z, so that each character is represented by an architect whose name starts (or ends) with the same letter.

Federico Babina started with Alvar Aalto’s Riolo Parish Church, before working his way through an assortment of buildings that include Walter Gropius’ Bauhaus school, Louis Kahn’s Phillips Exeter Academy Library and Mies van der Rohe’s Barcelona Pavilion.

The series concludes with Zaha Hadid’s Library and Learning Centre in Vienna, but also features Jørn Utzon’s Sydney Opera House, Oscar Niemeyer’s National Congress of Brazil and Gerrit Rietveld’s Schröder House.

Check out the Photo Gallery for all the images of this beautiful home.

As Babina describes his own project


An alphabet is a standard set of letters which is used to write one or more languages based on the general principle that the letters represent phonemes of the spoken language.

Architecture is an “international language”, a system of communication. Its complex structure affords a wider range of possible expressions and uses.

The idea on which the Archibet project is based is to find a way to express through 26 illustrations the heterogeneity of forms and styles that make up the architecture.

Each letter is drawn according to the interpretation of an architect’s style. Each letter is a small surrealist architecture that becomes part of an imaginary city made up of different shapes and styles that speak the same language of architecture.



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