The ABC of Architects

published in: Architecture, Graphics By Demetrios Gkiouzelis, 11 January 2013

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Who says introductory classes in Architecture have to be dull? Not now that architect Andrea Stinga and visual artist Frederico Gonzalez have composed an animated alphabetical index of the most important architects. From Alvar Aalto to Zaha Hadid, The ABC of Architects rounds up 26 architects with their best known buildings, turning architectural history into a Technicolor-inspired nursery rhyme, where jolly buildings now come to life dancing to the sound of a catchy sing-along.

Regardless of whether you know the featured architects, or you don’t, you will enjoy this. So next time you study for that architecture test, this can provide a fun brush-up. However, it comes with a warning: Press play at your own risk, you might not be able to get the jolly tune ''The Butterfly from Eugene C. Rose and George Ruble'' out of your head for the rest of the day.

Concept and Animation: Andrea Stinga, Federico Gonzalez
Art Direction: Federico Gonzalez
Music: The Butterfly from Eugene C.Rose and George Ruble, (Creative Commons)

The Alphabetical List
A. Alvar Aalto: Säynätsalo Town hall, Finland.
B. Luis Barragán: Satellite Towers, Mexico city.
C. Santiago Calatrava: Satolas airport railway station, Lyon, France.
D. Luís Domènech i Montaner: Antoni Tàpies foundation, Barcelona.
E. Eduardo Souto de Moura: Paula Rego's House of Stories, Cascais, Portugal.

F. Norman Foster:  London City Hall, England.
G. Frank Gehry: Guggenheim Bilbao, Spain.
H. Herzog & de Meuron: Beijing National Stadium, China.
I. Arata Isozaki: Palau Sant Jordi, Barcelona.
J. Philip Johnson: The Glass House, New Canaan, United States.
K. Louis Kahn: National Parliament of Bangladesh, Dhaka city.
L. Le Corbusier: Villa Savoye, Poissy, France.
M. Ludwig Mies van der Rohe: Barcelona Pavilion, Spain.
N. Oscar Niemeyer: National Congress of Brazil, Brasíl.
O. Joseph Maria Olbrich: Secession building, Vienna, Austria.
P. César Pelli: Petronas Twin Tower, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Q. Giacomo Quarenghi: the Smolny Institute, St. Petersburg, Russia.
R. Renzo Piano + Richard Rogers: Pompidou Centre, Paris, France.
S. Álvaro Siza: Ibere camargo foundation, Porto Alegre, Brazil.
T. Kenzo Tange: Tokyo Olympic Stadium, Japan.
U. Jørn Utzon: Sydney Opera House, Australia.
V. William Van Alen: Chrysler Buildin, New York, United States.
W. Frank Lloyd Wright: Guggenheim New York, United States.

X. Iannis Xenakis: Philips pavilion, Expo '58 in Brussels.
Y. Minoru Yamasaki: World Trade Center, New York, United States.
Z. Zaha Hadid: The Pierres Vives building, Montpellier, France.


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    Gina | 2013-01-15 16:42:39

    Superb work and oh so funny! Thank you for sharing all these amazing architects! I'll be checking them out, for sure!

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    iris | 2013-01-16 22:49:51

    Hi Yatzer, thank you for sharing this nice post about the architects! I was at IMM Cologne and liked your presentation about Yatzer! I Love your blog a long time and will post this item with a link to your blog Yatzer on my blog. Thank you!! Iris

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    Edward Thirlwall | 2013-04-29 11:47:37

    Wow. Lovely lovely animation. Yes, now I really cannot get The Butterfly from Eugene C. Rose and George Ruble out of my head. It’s like the tune is now permanently in storage in my brain and every time I see a building that might be able to be animated to that jolly tune, I would play that in my head again. Darn, now I cannot see buildings the same way again. I love the animation also because it reminds me of the old cartoons of Warner Brothers that I loved so much as a kid, and still do now. I have been storing pictures of beautiful architecture and other forms of design for a while now but it isn’t for any form of research but for use on my desktop wallpaper. Laughable, sure, but hey, who is not to say one must enjoy beauty only as an artist?

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