These Impossible Buildings Make M.C. Escher Look Quaint

These impossible buildings make m. C. Escher look quaint
Dujardin, a native of Belgium, was trained as an architect and later became a commercial photographer of architecture / © FILIP DUJARDIN

Filip Dujardin is a strange sort of architectural photographer. He’s best known for pictures of buildings that don’t exist.

Dujardin makes digital photo montages of impossible structures. In some, modernist buildings are stacked like towers of mislaid Jenga pieces, with cantilevered sections shooting out in every direction. Others show passageways leading nowhere, like Escher drawings made real. Each is meticulously constructed, teetering on the fine edge between reality and absurdity.

Dujardin, a native of Belgium, was trained as an architect and later became a commercial architecture photographer. Both skills come through in his fictive structures, which are the the focus of a new monograph, Fictions, out this month from publisher Hatje Cantz.

Dujardin typically begins by making a model of the fantastical building. At first, he created them out of cardboard; eventually, he graduated to his kids’ Lego blocks. []

Aline Chahine
Aline is an international licensed architect currently practicing in Canada, she is the reason you are reading this right now, Aline founded the platform back in 2008 shaping the very foundation of Architecture Lab, her exemplary content curation process that defines the online magazine today.
Aline Chahine
Aline Chahine
Aline is an international licensed architect currently practicing in Canada, she is the reason you are reading this right now, Aline founded the platform back in 2008 shaping the very foundation of Architecture Lab, her exemplary content curation process that defines the online magazine today. Highlights Aline founded Architecture Lab in 2008 Lead editor of dan | dailyarchnews since 2019 Founded and Creative Director of DesignRaid Licensed architect with creative sales and marketing experience Experience As full-fledged architect, Aline's background involved a great deal of research that lead to the creation of Architecture Lab as an online database of exemplary design. Her experience snowballed into founding two architecture platforms, Architecture Lab and DesignRaid. Education Aline received USEK’s Master of Architecture in 2004 and BA in English from the University of Toronto
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