Instagram has become the fastest and most effective application to get inspiration on any subject. There are thousands of accounts, especially about architecture, where you can reach an incredible amount of material by just swiping.
In this article, instead of the ultimate architectural inspiration accounts that we think everyone should follow if they do not already (architectural platforms such as Non Architecture, Architectural Digest , Arch Daily, and Design Milk , or architectural practices such as Snøhetta, Bjarke Ingels Group and MVRDV, and architectural school accounts such as Bartlett and SCI-Arc) we focused on lesser known yet inspiring accounts.
1. Drawing Matter
Drawing Matter is an organization that explores the role of drawing in architectural theory and practice through their amazing archive. Their Instagram feed is full of interesting and unique architectural drawings with most informative explanations. Their website hosts the contributions of a range experts who write about the materials in the collection and select drawings of the week. If you are interested in architectural thought, history and representation, or aspired to be an academician, we highly recommend you to follow this account.
2. Berry Dijkstra
This one is for your eyes only! Berry Dijkstra is a composition artist who collects and assembles the architectural materials and objects in most unique ways. They are basically architectural collages that come to life.
Kontextur is a unique digital architectural magazine based in Leipzeig and Berlin. They keep their Instagram feed so aesthetically pleasing while sharing architectural knowledge in a more open way . They are focused on collecting different works around the world, giving a voice to young designers and building a new platform for architecture that you should definitely check out!
4. Accidentally Wes Anderson
Accidentally Wes Anderson is an Instagram account featuring stunning photographs of real-life places that seem plucked from esteemed director Wes Anderson’s imagined world. It’s a curated, collaborative feed of submitted photographs that anyone can contribute to. The shared photographs of places around the world became a new travel guide for adventurers. In fact they published a book that tell the extraordinary and unexpected true stories behind more than two hundred stunning locations with a foreword from Wes Anderson himself (how cool is that?).
5. A Series of Rooms
A Series of Rooms is an account that showcases a collection of domestic spaces and exploration into the imaginary of the housing archetype as portrayed in art, media and human studies. Their feed is full of art and food for thought.
6. Design Earth
Design Earth is a collaborative architectural practice that aims to open up a range of aesthetic and political concerns for architecture and urbanism with their amazing representations. Design Earth’s style is so particular and the account reflects that. Each post tells a different story from their one of a kind perspective of architectural representation. We highly recommend to check their account out for some architectural inspiration.
7. Jaime Hayon
Jaime Hayon, a versatile artist and designer, has designed countless pieces of furniture, lighting fixtures and home accessories, hotel interiors, retail shops, a line of ceramics, installations, exhibitions, shoes and his own collection of timepieces. His style is bold, fun, whimsical and totally inspirational for everyone who is into design.
Toffu‘s Instagram account is an architectural representation platform that shares amazing illustrations, collages, renders and diagrams of architecture students and professionals, all around the world. If you are interested in what is new in inspiring architectural representations, we highly recommend checking it out!
Picassizmo is an amazingly curated art platform for young artists to get featured and one of the most aesthetically pleasing accounts in Instagram with its color coded feed. Maybe not for direct architectural inspiration but it would definitely inspire you to create art.
10. Supra Order
Supra Order is an inquiry about architectural orders, isotropic grids, and plan strategies. The account showcases one of the most important elements of architectural representation in a very aesthetic way. Plus, you can swipe to see the actual buildings that the plans belong. It’s definitely an original and interesting account to follow.
11. Hidden Architecture
Hidden Architecture define their work as resistance, an attempt to make visible the difference in architectural practice to provide a deserved value to certain projects and concepts subtracted from the academic narrative. They oppose media determining over the last decades what is interesting in architecture and what is not, and they do this on Instagram where the looks are everything! Their feed is all about unique, unseen works of architecture around the world that you want to learn more about.
Conformi uses an immense visual repertoire to combine two photos, intertwining the veins of architecture, design, history and sometimes even politics in one post. The chosen photograph duos are always in a formal relationship in a way, allow you think in networks of relationships- which is an important skill in architectural practice. After you spend some time in the account, it makes you think that, eventually, everything is connected.
These are the Instagram accounts we have put together for you, hope you enjoyed it. Which account intrigued you the most? Are there any other inspiring Instagram accounts you would recommend to us? Do you want a Part 2? Please let me know in the comments. Until next time!