Minimalist Animation Supercuts Iconic Architecture


An Italian graphic designer pays tribute to infamous houses with his own stylized renderings

Janet Burns
  • 11 august 2014

Would-be architecture fans, rejoice! An Italian designer has done the work of assembling highlights of great 20th-century houses in a short animation that would give any student a good head start in Architectural Appreciation For The Layman 101.


When not re-imagining the bicycle and creating exploded technicolor skulls, in-house and freelance graphic designer Matteo Muci has seen fit to use his skills to honor some of the past century’s most inspiring architects. With the two-minute film Iconic Houses, his bright, minimal animations take the viewer through Muci’s understanding of — and appreciation for — key elements in noteworthy homes, all set to a cheerful jazz score the designer wrote himself.



Showing pieces of the houses falling into place as abstract shapes, the video reconstructs Farnsworth House by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, Glass House by Philip Johnson, Fallingwater by Frank Lloyd Wright, Rietveld Schröder House by Gerrit Rietveld, and Villa Savoye by Le Corbusier. Though it would take an expert far longer than two minutes to even comprehensively touch on the canon of 20th-century iconic homes and cite architectural modernism’s many masters, Muci was excited by the challenge of boiling it down. As he told Dezeen,

Having to make a video of only a few minutes I had to make a choice between many works. I think I have chosen the ones that can really be defined as masterpieces of design, the ones that even a layman can recognize and appreciate.



“Fallingwater is my favorite,” he adds. “I believe that both the structure and the context render it as one of the most representative works of modern architecture.”

For another colorful, simplified crash course in architectural greats, check out Dezeen’s “The ABC of Architects.”

[h/t] fubiz

Images: Matteo Muci, Architectural Digest, Western Pennsylvania Conservancy


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