This Architect Creates Incredible Watercolours Of London's Buildings

This Architect Creates Incredible Watercolours Of London's Buildings
Watercolour of Charlotte Street Hotel
Charlotte Street Hotel

Many of the buildings that populate London are works of art if you ask us. But what if you turn those pieces of art into pieces of art themselves? (Insert galaxy brain meme here.)

That's what architect Christian Coop does, by painting stunning watercolours of some beautiful buildings, which you might not have noticed otherwise.

City of London School
The former City of London School on Victoria Embankment

Coop says that "understanding buildings has always been important" to him. Their "materiality, proportion and detail" are vital parts of his day job. So he began drawing and painting them — as a way to remember the buildings, and allowing him to better understand the city and inform his own architecture.

Watercolour Hampstead Village
The Holly Bush in Hampstead

Each pencil and watercolour piece takes about six hours on average from start to finish. That sounds about right considering they manage to look both wickedly intricate and incredibly rushed in their composition.

Watercolour Westminster Abbey
Westminster Abbey

On his popular Instagram account @freehandlines, he doesn't just present the buildings on their own. In the caption there's a brief history of the structure to quench viewers' intellectual thirst. Coop says every "building has a narrative which forms it", and it's these stories that attract him to buildings. That's because it's the stories that creates a city, rather than just the brick and mortar that inhabits it.

Watercolour brown and blue London building
Lincoln's Inn

Take a look below at some more of Coop's work.

Sketch of Inner Temple
Inner Temple
Blue and grey watercolour with Clarendon written atop
An example of Georgian architecture, Coop stumbled upon.
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You can follow Coop's work on Instagram here.

Last Updated 05 February 2020