Credit: Federico Babina


You remember Mega-Man? There was nothing better than Mega-Man. Gutsman? Bombman? Nothing could beat those bad guys on your Nintendo. Except then—oh man—out comes Mega-Man 2. Talk about saving something for the sequel. Quickman. Crashman. Woodman. Who can forget Woodman!

Back in September, Italian architect Federico Babina introduced a series of 8-bit architect portraits. Like so many rogues from a classic cartridge, all the greats made an appearance: Mies, Wright, and Le Corb, but also Kazuyo Sejima and Louis Kahn and Toyo Ito. It didn't even occur to me to think there was anyone missing.

Now Babina has released round two in his retro series, and I haven't been so excited since the Power Glove. I'm itching for the next set of mini-bosses already.

Bjarke Ingels, with the <a href="http://www.big.dk/#projects-ren" xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">REN Building</a>.

Bjarke Ingels, with the REN Building.

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Charles and Ray Eames, with the <a href="http://www.eamesfoundation.org/eames-house-history/" xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">Eames House</a>.

Charles and Ray Eames, with the Eames House.

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Massimiliano Fuksas, with the <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Z%C3%A9nith_de_Strasbourg" xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">Zénith de Strasbourg</a>.

Massimiliano Fuksas, with the Zénith de Strasbourg.

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Herzog &amp; de Meuron, with <a href="http://www.herzogdemeuron.com/index/projects/complete-works/226-250/226-national-stadium.html" xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">Beijing National Stadium</a> (the Bird's Nest).

Herzog & de Meuron, with Beijing National Stadium (the Bird's Nest).

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Enric Miralles, with <a href="http://www.barcelonaturisme.com/Santa-Caterina-Market/_3Ngb8YjSpL3U56ScBHOWcxpDev_Vr2xeSlxOEx8mGS0q1Jn60MgAHQ-jV5L14uVL" xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">Santa Caterina Market</a>.

Enric Miralles, with Santa Caterina Market.

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Odile Decq, with the <a href="http://www.odiledecq.com/EN-19-project-53-Greenland_Pavilion_China_Shangai?PHPSESSID=nfv5ljvarrlqj804kn6gc0am05" xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">Greenland Pavilion</a>.

Odile Decq, with the Greenland Pavilion.

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Philip Johnson, with the <a href="http://www.galinsky.com/buildings/att/" xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">Sony Tower/AT&amp;T Building</a>.

Philip Johnson, with the Sony Tower/AT&T Building.

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Richard Rogers, with the <a href="http://www.richardrogers.co.uk/work/all_projects/millennium_experience" xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">Millennium Dome</a>.

Richard Rogers, with the Millennium Dome.

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Alvaro Siza Vieira, with the <a href="http://alvarosizavieira.com/2008-ibere-camargo-foundation" xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">Ibere Camargo Foundation</a>.

Alvaro Siza Vieira, with the Ibere Camargo Foundation.

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Aldo Rossi, with the <a href="http://palladium.de/project/Cabanon/17" xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">Casa Aurora/GFT Headquarters</a>.

Aldo Rossi, with the Casa Aurora/GFT Headquarters.

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Mario Botta, with the <a href="http://www.botta.ch/Page/Pu%201995_162_SfMoma_en.php" xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">San Francisco Museum of Modern Art</a>.

Mario Botta, with the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.

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David Chipperfield, with the <a href="http://www.davidchipperfield.co.uk/" xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">America's Cup Building</a>.

David Chipperfield, with the America's Cup Building.

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Walter Gropius, with the <a href="http://www.bauhaus-dessau.de/bauhaus-building.html" xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">Bauhaus Building</a>.

Walter Gropius, with the Bauhaus Building.

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Daniel Libeskind, with the <a href="http://www.architectmagazine.com/architects/postscript-from-denver--denver-art-museum.aspx" xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">Denver Art Museum</a>'s <a href="http://www.architectmagazine.com/projects/view/the-frederic-c-hamilton-building/2913/" xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">Frederic C. Hamilton Building</a>.

Daniel Libeskind, with the Denver Art Museum's Frederic C. Hamilton Building.

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<a href="http://www.architectmagazine.com/architects/man-of-the-people.aspx" xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">Oscar Niemeyer</a>, with the <a href="http://www.architectmagazine.com/architects/esto-gallery--remembering-oscar-niemeyer.aspx" xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">National Congress of Brazil</a>.

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Peter Eisenman, with the <a href="http://wexarts.org/about/architecture" xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">Wexner Center for the Arts</a>.

Peter Eisenman, with the Wexner Center for the Arts.

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Philippe Starck, with the <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Asahi_Beer_Hall" xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">Asahi Beer Hall</a>.

Philippe Starck, with the Asahi Beer Hall.

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Gerrit Rietveld, with the <a href="http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/965" xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">Rietveld Schröder House</a>.

Gerrit Rietveld, with the Rietveld Schröder House.

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Steven Holl, with <a href="http://www.architectmagazine.com/projects/view/simmons-hall-massachusetts-institute-of-technology/504/" xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">Simmons Hall</a> at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Steven Holl, with Simmons Hall at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

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