These Impossible Buildings Make M.C. Escher Look Quaint

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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
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. []

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