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This Architecture Graduate Is Making Pixel Art of Filipino Traditional Houses and Iconic Buildings

UST has never looked this cool.
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There’s just something about pixel art that makes it an instant crowd favorite. Maybe it’s the nostalgia from seeing images rendered in the style of our childhood games, or how this particular style can make absolutely anything look cute. And artist AdroitCell is highlighting the beauty of Filipino architecture with his pixelated illustrations of traditional houses.

Check out his Ifugao house pixel art:

His posts often include trivia on Filipino architecture and culture.

 

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So far, AdroitCell’s architecture series includes an Ivatan house, bahay na bato, and bahay kubo.

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He graduated from UST last year with an architecture degree, and his love for the campus is seen in his art:

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AdroitCell’s goal is to share what he’s learned about Philippine architecture at UST. “The course opened my eyes to the rich history and heritage we have through our very own architecture. It's not just the bahay kubo,” he explains. “I wanted to share what I learned through a medium that I think would be loved by many people, and that is pixel art. This is our own heritage and pamana that I want everyone to be aware of because it is slowly diminishing. I take a lot of time researching about different peoples and their culture because architecture is always influenced by their individual cultures and context, and I want it to be as accurate and representative as possible.”

Since AdroitCell’s style has evolved since he started, he’s planning to redo the Ivatan house. “My plan for this is to cover most if not all Filipino architecture from the Ivatans of Batanes to the Badjaos of Sulu,” he adds.

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He first got into pixel art as a third year high school student in 2013. “I actually have no idea why I started making pixel art, but my first pixel art pieces were Adventure Time fan art. I love how it looks like the art from the old games I played like Pokemon and other Game Boy games. The aesthetic of pixel art gives me the feeling of nostalgia and I guess that's what I want to share with others too,” he says.

He’s depicted other aspects of Filipino culture as well, from food to folklore:

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We certainly can’t wait to see the rest of his Filipino architecture series.

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