hassan ragab’s art nouveau facades emerge from smoke

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.

art nouveau facades disintegrate amid fantastic clouds of smoke in hassan ragab .'s AI series
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.’

art nouveau facades disintegrate amid fantastic clouds of smoke in hassan ragab .'s AI series
distorted art nouveau elements can be deciphered from the release of a smoking chimney

art nouveau facades disintegrate amid fantastic clouds of smoke in hassan ragab .'s AI series
boundaries blur between fantasy and reality

art nouveau facades disintegrate amid fantastic clouds of smoke in hassan ragab .'s AI series
the artworks superimpose AI interventions of smoke on art-historical facades

art nouveau facades disintegrate amid fantastic clouds of smoke in hassan ragab .'s AI series
Hassan Ragab explores the intersection of AI, design and architecture

art nouveau facades disintegrate amid fantastic clouds of smoke in hassan ragab .'s AI series
‘A State of Decay’ depicts a pursuit of a new visual vocabulary

project info:

name: A state of decay
designer: Hassan Ragabi

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edited by: ravail khan | design tree

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