If you had to imagine your mental illness or disorder as a house, what would it look like?

Federico Babina has just released a new project called Archiatric, which depicts 16 different conditions as works of architecture in various states of repair. The designs are chillingly abstract, but for anyone living with the agony of mental illness, they're all too accurate. An animated video posted to the Barcelona-based digital artist's YouTube page further intensifies the effect of the images.

Babina is known for architecture-inspired work, using a unique geometric style that takes clear notes from cubism. His designs are often surreal, yet underlined with cheeky humour.

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#1

Anxiety

Anxiety

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Denise Mourato
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4 years ago

The walls should be shaking too

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#2

Depression

Depression

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Cat Meow
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4 years ago

Is it supposed to show "feel like drowning all while feeling trapped"?

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#3

Insomnia

Insomnia

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Stephanie Gutman
Community Member
4 years ago

I'm an insomniac and he nailed it!

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#4

Dementia

Dementia

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Jody Dubois
Community Member
4 years ago

Omg people...This man is an artist. These are HIS takes on various human conditions. Stop critiquing his choices and just appreciate his gift and willingness to share with the world.

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#5

Schizophrenia

Schizophrenia

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Sidsel Kristensen
Community Member
4 years ago

I can relate

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#6

Ocd

Ocd

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Yana La
Community Member
4 years ago

The roof does not fit correctly with that pattern........ *internal screaming*

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#7

Autism

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Lemur
Community Member
4 years ago

I truly can relate. This is me. I got Asperger, a form of autism where you are actually pretty smart.

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#8

Alzheimer

Alzheimer

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Erica Marx
Community Member
4 years ago

This depicts very well the bits and pieces of memory and habit that linger with this disease. The cracks are nearly all the way through, excellent.

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#9

Bipolar

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Danielle Beugger
Community Member
4 years ago

I think this one needs to be worked on.... It's still too safe......

Erica Marx
Community Member
4 years ago

I agree. Both sides of the house are the same size and shape, to me they should be more different.

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Stella Rivers
Community Member
4 years ago

Hmm, considering how extreme this one can get on each spectrum, it's a tad simple.

Maria Mitu
Community Member
4 years ago

This is great. I am not diagnosed with a mental illness, but a few times in my life since childhood I had this synestesic image of a random alternation between emptyness and chaos - with sound, image and body sensations. And I was in the gap, like the small tunnel between the two parts of the house. I felt powerless to them and hoping they would eventually stop: but this desire was also bipolar since I was afraid that stoping this motion would mean death. Now, when the randomness of life and all sorts of impediments gave me a sense of "whatever man, let's just keep going, it's not like I can control anything" I can feel these two forces but I find my place inside their dance and I acknoledge and respect them as the two sources of power: the active force longing to move and forge through life, and the suspension of feelings and intuition. They can't exist one without the other, they love eachother and want to dance in my soul. Ok, go!

Karin Ebdrup
Community Member
4 years ago

How can this illustrate "mixed condition"?! And I agere with otter critics; the picture looks too safe. But original concept.

Bo Tree
Community Member
4 years ago

One part ought to be a modernistic skyscraper making a vertigo-inducing statement and the other side a shaky stick-house leaning towards a deep life-less lake

Jessica Burks
Community Member
4 years ago

I get what the artist is going for on this one but not quite there. Definitely a horizontal lines not vertical and the bottom melting away and the top out of control. If that makes sense. Bipolar doesn't make sense so the art of it shouldn't either in my opinion.

Julie Urtz
Community Member
4 years ago

Well said :)(

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Rebecca Everett
Community Member
4 years ago

The manic half should be flying off into space. The depressive side should be half sunk into the earth.

Ba Beat
Community Member
4 years ago

the boarder should be between roof and base like high and down

Daring Donna
Community Member
4 years ago

The design side should run off the shape--it's not contained.

Carmen Aquino
Community Member
4 years ago

Yes in a way but a little more work on it but i get what it means thisnis bypola 1 its one moment there are whole as thenself and next moment they different thier mind is all ovee the place and cant control thier irability and emotion and control it like thier lost every negative stuff is in thier mind and depreasion hits and dont want to be bothered and close in and be in bed all day sleeping

Juanietta Shaw
Community Member
4 years ago

It is not quite as chaotic as my manic tends to be but it's a good start. There needs to be more interaction on the two sides "mixed state" but I love the at the artist did this.

Jameel Khan
Community Member
4 years ago

Bipolar is so much more complex than this. In my case. Involves schizophrenia as well. And the depression side could have had the same representation that was used for depression. This implies it's less with bipolar. I assure you going from manic to depressed is far worse than going from normal to depressed

Teresa Arrenholz
Community Member
4 years ago

Not quite right. That is still too calm

Valerie Lamoureux
Community Member
4 years ago

Where is Borderline Personality disorder ... ??????????????????????

Tish Christian
Community Member
4 years ago

I'm apparently "bipolar" though fitting us into boxes isn't healthy! This is kinda what it feels like though. Normal or manic

Anuranjan Tirkey
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4 years ago

Amazing book on Thinking, must read... http://amzn.to/2lCNtFx

Julianne Hannes
Community Member
8 months ago

Nope, need the soaring glorious heavenly hypomania and the deep fall into the hellhole rut of despair and hopelessness

Clemintine Bolding
Community Member
2 years ago

I relate

Clemintine Bolding
Community Member
2 years ago

I'm also bipolar

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Thomas Gray
Community Member
3 years ago

Not drastic enough.

Marc Ranson
Community Member
4 years ago

Considering the high incidence of suicide amongst Bipolar people I would have to agree that this depiction needs some work!

Rowan Springle
Community Member
4 years ago

as someone who struggles with bipolar disorder i can't relate to this whatsoever and it needs work

Lara Anne
Community Member
4 years ago

This does not represent bipolar very well--its so much more desperate.

Carina Eriksson
Community Member
4 years ago

Since there are different types of bipolar disorder (I'm a type 2 myself) it's a hard disorder to portray in order to portray all the nuances of.

Missy Hildebrandt
Community Member
4 years ago

Ya that's not bipolar not at all

Robin Walters
Community Member
4 years ago

I can also relate to this, I have a bipolar daughter who just keeps fighting, and fighting, so proud of her progress

Ced OGormanov
Community Member
4 years ago

One side of the house should be basically depression ....

Lloyd Gustafson
Community Member
4 years ago

Good depiction but needs more definition of element of danger for the manic side. .

Julie Urtz
Community Member
4 years ago

The sides aren't that 'distinct' either as sometimes you get symptoms that are the same in both sides. The middle should reflect this possibly? Good Start!

Taylor Nicole
Community Member
4 years ago

This needs to be worked on , I'm bipolar and this doesn't explain

Cameron Barnett
Community Member
4 years ago

In the words of Le Petite Prince, an excellent Drawing number #1 https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Little_Prince

Nicole Domzalski
Community Member
4 years ago

Maybe it should be just half the house. Or half the house and other side destroyed to shreds.

Tiffany Zhu
Community Member
4 years ago

This is slightly different that what I normally imagine - I am bipolar and I see scribbles like this except worse, in a deep dark black marker every time I close my eyes. It drives me mad, because I can't figure out what I am seeing, it is always a flash. I know what it is, but I don't know what it is supposed to be

Rabbia Ahmad
Community Member
4 years ago

It's amazing. well done Man

Heather Bingham
Community Member
4 years ago

The small gap inbetween represents our minds when the meds are working perhaps? It's still too big... It needs to be the thickness of a knife edge.

Ditto
Community Member
4 years ago

I've got Bipolar as well but there needs to be more houses that the sides are all different,

Leila Luqman
Community Member
4 years ago

Can someone explain this to me? Like, how exactly does it feel..

Cheuk Ling Cheng
Community Member
4 years ago

It is too mild for bipolar symptoms

Arife Nuredini
Community Member
4 years ago

I feel as though it should be inside of a like one of those big grandfather clocks with the end of a string of a explosive because being bipolar is like being a ticking time bomb, you never know when they're going to explode

Arife Nuredini
Community Member
4 years ago

I would have this as inside a clock because being bipolar is just ticking time bombs never know when they're going to explode

Julie Urtz
Community Member
4 years ago

Not always... some of us are quite stable thank you

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Valerie Lamoureux
Community Member
4 years ago

Where Is borderline Personality disorder ????????????????????

Jael Lins
Community Member
4 years ago

borderline would be interesting...

Marianna Van Over
Community Member
4 years ago

I feel this is the manic depressive of bipolar more, not as much the extremes of bipolar. But still, love his work!

Julie Urtz
Community Member
4 years ago

FYI Manic Depressive is that same as Bipolar. The name was changed to Bipolar ;) https://www.verywell.com/why-did-manic-depression-become-bipolar-disorder-379822

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SRAMLNS
Community Member
4 years ago

Looks cool and simple

Neeha
Community Member
4 years ago

I think the guy took inspiration from an image he found on Wikipedia regarding the condition- the border is vertical for the purpose of showing the person's two-faced psyche...

Anne Hansen
Community Member
4 years ago

I think the gap should be horiorzental instead of linear. The background is the normal as I see it, so the roof should be read and the basement should be black with signs of depression as it is sketched. But thats just my oppionion.

Pia Clarke
Community Member
4 years ago

It's like high and low. The low is as low as it comes I guess... Being black and all. But the high doesn't look high enough imo, even though I do not have this disorder, only know people who has it.

Josee Morris
Community Member
4 years ago

The depressive side would be melting on the left and the right side should be various shades of disjointed blocks.

Ann Sznu
Community Member
4 years ago

Great idea!! I like my bipolar one :-)

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#10

Phobias

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Yong Hataipat
Community Member
4 years ago

Looks like durian house

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#11

Paranoia

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Sheralyn
Community Member
4 years ago

Thought paranoia would be more like numerous eyes watching you or something. A maze sounds more like OCD or anxiety disorder.

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#12

Dyslexia

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Ode
Community Member
4 years ago

The pictures are well thought through, thanks for that. But I don't think dyslexia is a mental illness

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#13

Eating Disorder

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SRAMLNS
Community Member
4 years ago

Whats with the corkscrew in the middle?

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#14

Dissociative Disorders

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Christina Kernachan
Community Member
4 years ago

I can relate to this... Though in my experience it's more like being in a bubble. Although i fully appreciate what the artist was aiming for. Good job

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#15

Gender Disorder

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SRAMLNS
Community Member
4 years ago

Transgender isnt a disorder

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#16

Narcolepsy

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Clarissa Cole
Community Member
4 years ago

All these disorders are in the DSM, which includes all mental illness, including cognitive/regulatory issues. Narcolepsy, dyslexia, etc are all in there.

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