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AN editors asked text-to-image generator DALL·E mini to realize Halloween houses designed by famous architects

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AN editors asked text-to-image generator DALL·E mini to realize Halloween houses designed by famous architects

Images for the prompt “halloween house by eero saarinen” (huggingface.co)

Happy Halloween! To celebrate spooky season AN editors have asked text-to-image generator DALL·E to design Halloween-themed houses by famous architects, in true DALL·E fashion some of the results are nightmarish reproductions of recognizable architectural styles, while others are more subdued structures with an assortment of jack-o-lanterns on the front lawn and an orange glow beaming through the windows. Some of the AI-generated images don’t stray much from the defining form and massing coined by the architect, while other embed signature architectural features onto the more traditional haunted house and its turrets, shingles, and gables.

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Zaha Hadid

Images for the prompt “halloween house by zaha hadid” (huggingface.co)

DALL·E captured the sinuous curves of Hadid’s designs. It lit the windows aglow with hues of yellow, orange, and even green. An interior image shows a ghost-white space, is that the spookiest of them all?

Le Corbusier

Images for the prompt “halloween house by le corbusier” (huggingface.co)

Halloween à la Le Corbusier is as expected, just add a few pumpkins.

Frank Gehry

Images for the prompt “halloween house by frank gehry” (huggingface.co)

In the images generated for a design by Frank Gehry traditional elements of haunted Halloween houses are a plenty. Gehry’s metal curves intermingle with traditional wood shingle siding. In one image a gable is replaced by a larger-than-life pumpkin. The nighttime views add to the spookiness.

Oscar Niemeyer

Images for the prompt “halloween house by oscar niemeyer” (huggingface.co)

The sleek curves of Niemeyer’s designs are contrasted with windows glowing bright orange and green. DALL·E also added pumpkins to decorate the lawn.

Philip Johnson

Images for the prompt “halloween house by philip johnson” (huggingface.co)

DALL·E picked up on the architecture and materiality of Johnson’s Glass House. Visible on the glazing is a reflection of the leaves and surrounding forested landscape—indications of the fall season. Lots of pumpkins on this one.

I. M. Pei

Images for the prompt “halloween house by i.m. pei” (huggingface.co)

DALL·E turned Pei’s Louvre pyramid into a spooky gable. Perhaps, the pattern on the glazed, triangular structure is reminiscent of a spider web?

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