The best modern architecture has a playful quality, and often seems to have a life of its own. But what if these buildings really could move around, or dissassemble and reassemble? Or turn into Tetris blocks? A wild series of animated GIFs makes this happen.

We've seen buildings that rotate and have optical illusions on their facades. But now, Architecture Animée, a series from Axel de Stampa, shows us what happens when contemporary buildings literally come alive.

Mirador Building, Madrid, Spain, designed by the Dutch studio MVRDV and Blanca Lleó, 2005


VitraHaus, Weil am Rhein, Germany, designed by Herzog & de Meuron, 2007-2010

New Museum, New York City, designed by the Tokyo-based Sejima + Nishizawa/SANAA and the New York-based Gensler, 2007


Museum of Memory and Human Rights, Santiago, Chile, designed by Estudio America, 2009

Theatre Agora, Lelystad, The Netherlands, designed by UNStudio with B + M, 2005-2007


Emerson College Hollywood Center, Los Angeles, California, designed by Thom Mayne from Morphosis Architects, 2014

America's Cup Building, Valencia, Spain, designed by David Chipperfield, 2006


Zollverein School of Management and Design, Essen, Germany, designed by SANAA, 2006

Absolute Towers, Mississauga, Ontario, designed by MAD Architects, 2012



The GIFs are from 1Week1Project, except when noted otherwise.