Architecture mashups: "Fiction"

Belgian photographer Filip Dujardin shoots buildings around his town of Ghent and then mashes them up into impossible (and beautiful) structures he calls "Fictions."

Dujardin's website is a bit cumbersome (all Flash, all the time), but Freshome has a flat gallery of the photos.

Filip Dujardin Photography (via Cribcandy)


  1. This reminds of an old Cops & Robbers video game I played as a kid. Either NES or Atari. This is going to drive me insane.

  2. Cumbersome in the sense that it works just fine without any hiccups?  Ohhh, I get it you must be using a device that doesn’t support one of the web’s most prolific platforms.  But it’s the site that’s ‘cumbersome.’

    1.  Cumbersome in the sense that it takes up to 10 seconds to load just a single picture, whereas the other link offered loads a whole page of them in the blink of an eye with a single click, without having to click “enter”, then “work”, then the subject of the photos you want, then a forward button each time you want to see the next picture, waiting another 10 seconds for it to load each time.

        1. It loaded fine for me, and none of the complaints you’ve stated are Flash-specific.  It reminds me of the time Cory linked to a ‘cumbersome flash gallery.’  Only to have it pointed out that it was built in jQuery.  The same mistake could be repeated in ‘HTML5’, inability to hyperlink and all.  Well, that is, if it even loaded, didn’t consume 90% of your CPU, and rendered the same on all browsers.  Good luck with that.

          Even iPads can’t render HTML5 with any reliability, and they abandoned a fully functional, universally supported platform for a standard that’s not even been defined yet in order to promote it.

          I don’t develop in Flash/ActionScript, and even if I did, I wouldn’t use it for an image gallery.  But I also wouldn’t blame Flash for how it gets misused, just as neither of us blames Java (which run in an equally flawed virtual environment) when a Java app is programmed poorly.

      1. That must be from your end, it loaded instant on my connection. As for the inability to link to specific pages, maybe the author wants users to explore and isn’t interested in link whoring for clicks. If said author wanted there are ways to provide html style links that match the flash pages. Sorry about the poor connection you have but trying to represent that for the general experience on a flash site is kind of mindless. This coming from someone on a regular 10/2 Mbit.

    2. Cumbersome.  You land on a blank entry portal, and every time you click a link you have to wait for new flash content to load.  THAT cumbersome.

      I don’t know about other people, but sites like that tend to annoy me and I usually bail out figuring the content can’t possibly be worth the irritation.

      Flash, the animated GIF of the 2000s.

      1. So what part of the UX design is Flash-specific?  And once HTML5 is fully codified and supported universally, which of these failings will be impossible to reproduce?

        Also, you don’t have to wait for new ‘flash content’ to load.  You have to wait for images to load, just as you would on any website.  I’m not a flash dev, and generally would advise against using it site-wide as this site has done, but you’re absolutely wrong about the platform.  Poor menu design is the developer’s fault.  You don’t blame iOS or Objective C when a crappy iPhone app comes out, so why would you blame Flash when a crappy website is built?

        Flash-bashing, the the Mac-Bashing of the 2010s.

        1. Granted, the failings of the site can be reproduced in other ways and are not limited to Flash, but this design has become a cliche of websites which overdo it on the Flash.  Site designers trying to create an elegant look create barriers which keep people out of the site, rather than drawing them in.

          Just as some people got carried away littering their sites with animated GIFs in the ’90s, some designers in the last decade or so have felt the need to abuse Flash effects in their websites.

          The problem lies in the design, but that doesn’t change the fact that the Flash was overdone.

  3. I”ve been to Ghent. It totally looks like that. And also pretty much all new Dutch architecture. (their neighbours). It all feels a little directionless…

  4. There is an American photographer doing some similar false architecture/mash up photos, check out .  I hadn’t in a while(and just did while typing here) and he has this awesome new work up, cataloguing and explicating w/photographs the buildings and landscapes of a (possibly) fictional world called Areth.  Very heady!

  5. I’m experiencing that tragic thrill of seeing someone doing what I’ve been trying to do for a few years, but their having done it better.

    Carry on with my project, I suppose. It’s all been done before anyway. Right?

  6. This pic strongly reminds me of the work and theory of Constant Nieuwenhuys and his urban futurist vision New Babylon. I’ve long imagined a likely urban future where community macrostructures serve as a volumetric landscape which people freely–alternately individually and mutually–customize through creative retrofit. The common notion/assumption of architecture as permanent has always struck me as ridiculously anachronistic given the accelerating pace of technical, social, and cultural change. Nieuwenhuys envisioned a future where technologies of structural automation afforded a spontaneously customizable habitat suited to the emergent Homo Ludens that saw architecture as a perpetual conversation between environment, habitat, and inhabitants. 

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