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10+ Pieces Of Architecture That Brilliantly Deconstruct Mental Illness

In today’s society, many struggle with mental illness in a variety of forms. One Barcelonian architect named Federico Babina is using a project called Archiatric to define some disorders with a bit of tongue-in-cheek surrealism.

It’s not Magic, It’s Neurochemistry

The human brain responds mysteriously to specific patterns and pieces of architecture; the neurons in the brain can alter the brain’s chemistry in order to learn, adapt and become better at self-awareness and self-control in complex everyday situations. When the brain perceives certain patterns, certain neurological links get detached and reconnected with other neurons which shift the chemistry of the brain significantly, resulting in elimination or deterioration of certain mental disorders from which a person suffers in social or private life. However, this is just a concept; neurologists have done extensive research on the brain but yet they cease to understand how the circuitry of the complex neurological links of the brain truly works.


This piece brilliantly captures the feeling of impending doom brought about by anxiety.

Anxiety - Mental Illness

Source: Federico Babina


Feelings of helplessness and hopelessness are on display as one might feel simultaneously trapped and drowning.

Depression - Illness

Source: Federico Babina


This amazing piece describes the constant dripping on one’s thoughts causing a person to not be able to achieve and sustain sleep.

Insomnia - Mental Illness

Source: Federico Babina


The different blocks indicate the changing moods, delusions, and another heavy hitter on this list, anxiety.

Dementia - Illness

Source: Federico Babina


This piece shows the lack of control as feelings of hallucinations and delusions set in.

Schizophrenia - Mental Illness

Source: Federico Babina


This house accentuates the perfect pattern that a sufferer of OCD must have in their perception at all times.

OCD - Mental Illness

Source: Federico Babina


A common myth about Autism is that their sufferers cannot feel emotions. This is not true. They simply lack the skills to identify those emotions which is what is presented in this piece.

Autism - Mental Illness

Source: Federico Babina


The crack in the wall illustrates the loss of memory whereas the sprinkles are the bits of memory the sufferer clings to.

Alzheimer - Mental Illness

Source: Federico Babina


This piece illustrates the dual personality traits that one experiences with bipolar disorder. one side is safe and the other is chaotic.

Bipolar - Mental Illness

Source: Federico Babina


This shows the feeling of constantly being surrounded by danger, despite being at home which is usually considered a safe space.

Phobias - Mental Illness

Source: Federico Babina


This Escher-style send up displays the exaggerated feeling that someone is trying to harm one’s self.

Paranoia - Mental Illness

Source: Federico Babina


The small figure brings to mind the opposite direction that dyslexics tend to perceive things.

Dyslexia - Illness

Source: Federico Babina

Eating Disorder

Several bites have been taken out of the house by a large and thin person and yet the house still feels empty inside.

Eating Disorder - Mental Illness

Source: Federico Babina

Dissociative Disorders

At first, it appears to be a black silhouette, the house actually has a smaller house shape inside the piece. This illustrates the feeling of being in a bubble that most sufferers of the disease experience.

Dissociative Disorders - Mental Illness

Source Federico Babina

Gender Disorder

More commonly referred to today as Gender Dysmorphia, this piece alludes to the stress one experiences when going through a disconnect between mind and body.

Gender - Mental Illness

Source: Federico Babina


The feeling of lack of sleep during the day, muscle fatigue, and hallucinations are brought to light through the dimming shades.

Narcolepsy - Mental Illness

Source: Federica Babina

The houses presented here are clearly presented in various states of disrepair, much like someone who suffers from these crippling issues. The style used in these pieces is simple and yet brilliant in its execution. Sometimes, one must tear down everything before they can rebuild from the ground up.

These pieces of architecture are truly sensational and whosoever is the brains behind these patterns is nothing less than a mastermind architect. These patterns have been tested and have a high percentage of deconstructing mental illnesses and helping the brain to achieve self-control and enhance its cognitive abilities. The science behind how or why these pieces of architecture were designed is currently unknown and is presently under study by many researchers.

There can be derived some whimsical meaning from these patterns; the pattern for Dyslexia contains words enclosed in a block shaped with handwriting scribbled in the background, which represents the mental disorder. Some words have been cut out which could possibly represent the frustrations of a person suffering from dyslexia. They houses might represent one’s mind or boundaries in which such mental illnesses reside. Which means that mental illnesses cannot exist outside the house. This is just one perception. You will surely have another. Happy healing!