Architectural forms emerge from clouds of smoke
Architect and interdisciplinary artist Hassan Ragab has delved into an ongoing journey exploring the intersection between architecture and technology, experimenting with the limits and possibilities of AI design tool Snack. In an effort to discover a new surreal visual vocabulary, the designer returns with his new AI-generated architecture series ‘A State of Decay’. The conceptual project proposes dreamy Art Nouveau structures that are part reality, part fantasy, depicting stone and glass elements rising from sweeping clouds of smoke and disintegrating in the sky.
all images by Hassan Ragab
hassan ragab’s AI explorations fuse fantasy and reality
Hassan Ragab’s AI series ‘A State of Decay’ blurs the lines between fantasy and reality and explores new form-finding techniques for architecture using smoke as a fantastic building element. The artworks superimpose interventions of the mystical form on Art Nouveau facades, interweaving fictional and real elements to generate surreal compositions. Exploring the ability of a historical architectural language to transform into new parameters, the Egyptian designer questions architectural aesthetics and the life cycle of a building by integrating liquid smoke shapes into organic stone ornaments of monumental structures.
organic flowing shapes in contrast with modern architecture
Commenting on his experiments with AI tools, Hassan Ragab explains: ‘Architects and designers face many limitations in their profession when it comes to the use of AI diffusion models. Nevertheless, the AI text-to-image generators offer the unique opportunity to expand the imagination of creatives regardless of their field as these tools allow users to freely explore and visualize their wildest dreams. This ultimately leads to the pursuit of a new visual vocabulary beyond the norm.’
distorted art nouveau elements can be deciphered from the release of a smoking chimney
boundaries blur between fantasy and reality
the artworks superimpose AI interventions of smoke on art-historical facades
Hassan Ragab explores the intersection of AI, design and architecture
‘A State of Decay’ depicts a pursuit of a new visual vocabulary
name: A state of decay
designer: Hassan Ragabi
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edited by: ravail khan | design tree