Art “The invisible city”, Benoit and Gella’s latest project
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“The invisible city”, Benoit and Gella’s latest project

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Emanuele D'Angelo

The artists Camille Benoit and Mariana Gella used the lockdown to give life to their latest project “The invisible city“, architectural models of fantastic cities, made only with paper and tools they had at home.

Their four paper models, called Saori, Azra, Calista and Ika, were inspired by Italo Calvino’s book “Città invisibili“, which “explores the imagination through Marco Polo’s travel descriptions“.

Benoit and Gella have transformed their living room into a real workshop to assemble their four projects. Most days we woke up with small pieces of their projects in the beds, initially they drew the cities on paper before developing the front elevations on Illustrator to get a general idea of what the architecture would look like.

Although “The invisible city” are imaginary, their design was based on some real buildings, including Ricardo Bofill’s La Muralla Roja, which inspired the Calista model, and L’Institut du Monde Arabe and Sakura House, which influenced Saora.
Ika was designed to take inspiration from S+PS Architects’ Collage House, while Azra refers to Xavier Corberó’s house.

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Written by Emanuele D'Angelo
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