GIFs Explore The Secrets Of Famous Buildings


The Architecture Animée by French architect Axel de Stampa adds motion to iconic static structures.

Leah Gonzalez
  • 3 june 2014

French architect Axel de Stampa created a series of architectural GIFs that make buildings like the New Museum in NYC and the Vitrahaus by Herzog & de Meuron come alive.

The architectural GIF series, Architecture Animée, features structures like the Absolute Towers by MAD architects, the new Emerson College by Morphosis, the Americas Cup Building by David Chipperfield, the Memory Museum by Estudio America, the Mirador Building by MVRDV and Blanca Lleo, the Zollverein School by SANAA, and the Theatre Agora by UNStudio.

De Stampa added motion to the buildings to make them spin, grow, undulate, twist, throb, and more to “reveal their true natures.” According to the architect, the series studies the concept of motion in architecture and, as the buildings move and change, the viewer discovers something new or hidden about the building. The architect uses animation to highlight a part of the architecture that usually goes unnoticed.

The GIF of the Mirador Building by MVRDV and Blanca Lleo shows additional pieces falling and stacking on top of the original building like pieces from the retro video game Brick Game.

The GIFs of the Vitrahaus as well as the America’s Cup Building show the two structures grow in size, while the GIF of the New Museum by SANAA shows the building recede and slide back in blocks then revert back to its original state.

The GIF of the Theater Agora by UNStudio enlarges into a big rectangular building. In the GIF of the Emerson College building, the center piece of the architecture pulsates like a heart. The GIF of the Zollverein School building by SANAA shows the windows of two sides of the building shift and change positions. In the GIF of the Absolute Towers, one of the towers twist, while the GIF of the Memory Museum shows the entire building spin around on its axis.

De Stampa created his first architectural GIFs for 1Week1Project, which is De Stampa’s project with architect Sylvain Macaux to produce one “spontaneous architecture project” per week back in 2013. De Stampa and Macaux are both graduates of the Ecole d’Architecture de Paris-Belleville.


[h/t] Dezeen


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