When was the last time a building made you smile? How about a window or a hat? Recently released by UK publishers Counter-Print, Happytecture explores the hidden beauty of architecture through the playful photographs of creative duo Anna Devis and Daniel Rueda.
Based in Valencia, Spain, Anna and Daniel are trained architects who share a passion for geometry, perspective, and storytelling. Their style, characterized by humor, precision, and a delicate aesthetic inspired by the cityscape, defies convention and consistently delights viewers around the world. Featuring a casebound cover and 168 pages of colorful photography, Happytecture captures Anna and Daniel’s ability to see the extraordinary in the ordinary.
Divided into three distinct sections, Happytecture showcases Anna and Daniel’s unparalleled talent for transforming ordinary locations into extraordinary works of art. The first section, “Curiocities,” invites readers to rediscover the world through the duo’s unique perspective, unraveling the hidden beauty found in everyday street elements, such as doors, windows, and urban vernacular.
The second section, “Pink-a-boo!,” explores the architecture of La Muralla Roja, a postmodern apartment complex located in Calpe and designed by Ricardo Bofill. Playing a game of hide-and-seek with their cameras, Anna and Daniel lead viewers through the building’s unique corners and crevices. With each carefully composed image, they transport us to a dreamlike world where reality blends seamlessly with fantasy.
In the final section, “What the Hat?!.” Anna and Daniel highlight the geometrical simplicity of hats, turning the head coverings into objects of fascination. Happtecture concludes with a special section, “Behind the Camera,” where Anna and Daniel share their creative process and give readers a glimpse into their minds.
All photos published with permission of the artist(s).
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