Federico Babina
Federico Babina

Italian artist Federico Babina has created architecture-inspired illustrations of abstract shapes, immortalized quotes from architects in Las Vegas–like signage, and designed letters of the alphabet as buildings that reference architects. In one of his newest pieces, Babina released a website featuring a series of ten animated house illustrations representing film directors as the "architects of cinema." The website stems from Babina's "Archidirector" project that imagines signature aspects of directors—including Federico Fellini, Charlie Chaplin, Stanley Kubrick, and Alfred Hitchcock—as buildings, with tiny characters sometimes causing mischief in the background.

Federico Babina

The wooden house representing Charlie Chaplin (still image above) is largely slanted angles, giving it a lopsided look that could be likened to Chaplin's penchant for slapstick comedy. A skylight on the roof emits a soft light that flickers slightly, much like an older projector.
Watch Out For: What seems to be Chaplin himself on the far right, tapping his foot and cane impatiently.

The Tim Burton–inspired house (still image above) rises from the ground, revealing limbs that root it to the earth. The "creepy Victorian and Modern mansion" is reminiscent of Burton's darker films.
Watch Out For: Jack from The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993) by the fence, on the right, ducking for cover.

The angled house that represents Alfred Hitchcock looks as if it is teetering on the edge of its base, carrying with it heavy secrets of possible murder and shady characters hanging from fire escapes. The lights that flicker on and off give viewers a "voyeuristic peek" into the otherwise closed-off home.
Watch Out For: A single black bird, likely a homage to Hitchcock's 1963 film The Birds, menacingly circles the chimney of the house.

See the complete animated series on the Archidirectors website.