Frank Gehry, with Walt Disney Concert Hall.
Federico Babina Frank Gehry, with Walt Disney Concert Hall.


Italian architect Federico Babina has done the planet an immense solid with a retro series of pixelated portraits of the world's greatest architects. These 8-bit portraits capture many of the modern masters, from Alvar Aalto to Zaha Hadid. It's easy to think of each portrait as depicting a mini-boss with his or her level. Defeat Kazuyo Sejima at the top of the Zollverein School of Management and Design, pick up her Pritzker Architecture Prize and proceed to the next level!

Walt Disney Concert Hall.

Walt Disney Concert Hall.


Please note: architecture does not in fact work this way. Sir Norman Foster is not waiting for you at the top of the Gherkin. There isn't a warp zone in the CCTV Towers. You cannot level up high enough to beat Le Corb. (Torre Agbar is a real-life video game set, probably.)

Scroll through these retro starchitect portraits, alongside the projects that made them famous, and you will definitely get a one-up. (Hat-tip: Design Boom.)

Zaha Hadid, with Vitra Fire Station.
Credit: Federico Babina

Zaha Hadid, with Vitra Fire Station.


Vitra Fire Station.

Vitra Fire Station.


Antoni Gaudí, with Sagrada Familia.
Credit: Federico Babina

Antoni Gaudí, with Sagrada Familia.


Sagrada Familia.

Sagrada Familia.


Kazuyo Sejima, with Zollverein School of Management and Design.
Credit: Federico Babina

Kazuyo Sejima, with Zollverein School of Management and Design.


Zollverein School of Management and Design.

Zollverein School of Management and Design.


Frank Llloyd Wright, with the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum.
Credit: Federico Babina

Frank Llloyd Wright, with the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum.


The Guggenheim.

The Guggenheim.


Renzo Piano, with Jean-Marie Tjibaou Cultural Centre.
Credit: Federico Babina

Renzo Piano, with Jean-Marie Tjibaou Cultural Centre.


Jean-Marie Tjibaou Cultural Centre.

Jean-Marie Tjibaou Cultural Centre.


Toyo Ito, with Porta Fira Towers.
Credit: Federico Babina

Toyo Ito, with Porta Fira Towers.


Porta Fira Towers.

Porta Fira Towers.


Richard Meier, with the Barcelona Museum of Contemporary Art.
Credit: Federico Babina

Richard Meier, with the Barcelona Museum of Contemporary Art.


Barcelona Museum of Contemporary Art.

Barcelona Museum of Contemporary Art.


Norman Foster, with the Gherkin Tower.
Credit: Federico Babina

Norman Foster, with the Gherkin Tower.


30 St. Mary Axe.

30 St. Mary Axe.


Arata Isozaki, with Palau Sant Jordi.
Credit: Federico Babina

Arata Isozaki, with Palau Sant Jordi.


Palau Sant Jordi.

Palau Sant Jordi.


Tadao Ando, with Church of the Light.
Credit: Federico Babina

Tadao Ando, with Church of the Light.


Church of the Light.

Church of the Light.


Alvar Aalto, with Riola Parish Church.
Credit: Federico Babina

Alvar Aalto, with Riola Parish Church.


Church of the Assumption of Mary, Riola di Vergato.

Church of the Assumption of Mary, Riola di Vergato.


Louis Kahn, with the Salk Institute for Biological Studies.
Credit: Federico Babina

Louis Kahn, with the Salk Institute for Biological Studies.


Salk Institute for Biological Studies.

Salk Institute for Biological Studies.


Jean Nouvel, with Torre Agbar.
Credit: Federico Babina

Jean Nouvel, with Torre Agbar.


Torre Agbar.

Torre Agbar.


Rem Koolhaas, with the CCTV Tower.
Credit: Federico Babina

Rem Koolhaas, with the CCTV Tower.


CCTV Tower.

CCTV Tower.


Mies Van der Rohe, with S.R. Crown Hall.
Credit: Federico Babina

Mies Van der Rohe, with S.R. Crown Hall.


S.R. Crown Hall.

S.R. Crown Hall.


Le Corbusier, with the Chapel of Notre Dame du Haut.
Credit: Federico Babina

Le Corbusier, with the Chapel of Notre Dame du Haut.


Chapel of Notre Dame du Haut.

Chapel of Notre Dame du Haut.


All project images courtesy Wikimedia Commons.