If you are still trying to find some creative architecture, Halloween costume inspiration, look no further, because we got you covered. Some of these costumes pay homage to beloved landmarks such as the Eiffel Tower and Chrysler building; and some costumes find humor in architectural tools such as X-Acto Knife and Cutting Board. Some of these costumes are easy to DIY especially if you are an architect or architecture/art student; it’s like creating an architectural model. Without any further ado let’s look at 15 Creative Architecture Halloween Costumes.
:: 1 :: “PURE SHIT” from Robert A.M Stern Architects at Storefront for Art and Architecture Halloween Event.
“Let me tell you one thing. In this world we are living in, 98 percent of everything that is built and designed today is pure shit. There’s no sense of design, no respect for humanity or for anything else. They are damn buildings and that’s it.” This, followed by the middle finger, was Gehry’s response to a reporter asking the 85-year-old architect how he responds to the critics claiming he practices “showy architecture.” This costume pays homage to that comment.
:: 2 :: Architectural Human Scales Costume at Storefront for Art and Architecture Halloween Event.
Architects and designers frequently use scale figures to help illustrate scale and proportion in their sketches or models.
:: 3 :: Golden Gate Bridge Halloween Costume
The Golden Gate Bridge is a suspension bridge spanning the Golden Gate strait, the 1 mile (1.6 km) wide, 3 mile (5 km) long channel between San Francisco Bay and the Pacific Ocean. The most photographed bridge in the world, was opened in 1937.
:: 4 :: The Chrysler Building Halloween Costume
The Chrysler Building is an Art Deco style skyscraper located on the East Side of Midtown Manhattan in New York City. Designed by Van Alen in 1930, it is one of the favorite architecture in America amongst American Institute of Architects.
:: 5 :: BIG Architects as King Kong & Empire State Building at Storefront for Art and Architecture Halloween Event.
Perhaps the most famous popular culture representation of the Empire State Building is in the 1933 film King Kong, in which the title character, a giant ape, climbs to the top to escape his captors but falls to his death after being attacked by airplanes.
:: 6 :: Xacto and Cutting Mat Halloween Costume
Every designer gets introduced to these duos at their first day in architecture school.
:: 7 :: Cozy Cottage; “Design me a house?”
This doll house Halloween costume is perfect to have a little fun with your friends and family who want you to design their house one day.
:: 8 :: Mondrian’s De Stijl Inspired Dress by Yves Saint Laurent
“The Netherlands-based De Stijl movement embraced an abstract, pared-down aesthetic centered in basic visual elements such as geometric forms and primary colors. Partly a reaction against the decorative excesses of Art Deco, the reduced quality of De Stijl art was envisioned by its creators as a universal visual language appropriate to the modern era, a time of a new, spiritualized world order. Led by the painters Theo van Doesburg and Piet Mondrian – envisioned nothing less than the ideal fusion of form and function, thereby making De Stijl in effect the ultimate style. De Stijl’s influence was perhaps felt most noticeably in the realm of architecture, helping give rise to the International Style of the 1920s and 1930s.” Artstory
:: 9 :: The Gherkin Halloween Costume
30 St Mary Axe, widely known informally as The Gherkin, was designed by Norman Foster and Arup Group. Opened in 2004, the building has become an iconic symbol of London and is one of the city’s most widely recognized examples of contemporary architecture.
:: 10 :: Statue of Liberty Halloween Costume
The Statue of Liberty is a colossal neoclassical sculpture on Liberty Island in New York Harbor in New York City, in the United States. The copper statue, designed by Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi, a French sculptor, was built by Gustave Eiffel and dedicated on October 28, 1886. It was a gift to the United States from the people of France. The statue is of a robed female figure representing Libertas, the Roman goddess, who bears a torch and a tabula ansata (a tablet evoking the law) upon which is inscribed the date of the American Declaration of Independence, July 4, 1776. A broken chain lies at her feet. The statue is an icon of freedom and of the United States, and was a welcoming sight to immigrants arriving from abroad.
:: 11 :: The Whitney, the Guggenheim, and the New Museum Halloween Costume
The Whitney Museum of American is an art museum located in Manhattan. It was founded in 1931 by Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney (1875–1942), a wealthy and prominent American socialite and art patron after whom the museum is named.
The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, often referred to as The Guggenheim, is also located in Manhattan. Designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, the cylindrical building, wider at the top than the bottom, was conceived as a “temple of the spirit”, a landmark of the 20th Century Architecture.
The New Museum of Contemporary Art, founded in 1977 by Marcia Tucker, is located in Manhattan, New York City. The seven-story facility, designed by the Tokyo-based firm Sejima + Nishizawa/SANAA and the New York-based firm Gensler, was named one of the architectural New Seven Wonders of the World by Conde Nast Traveler.
:: 12 :: Dancing House Halloween Costume
I was able to recognize one of the four architecture costumes in this picture and that is the Dancing House by Frank Gehry and Vlado Milunić in Prague, Czech Republic. The very non-traditional design was controversial at the time because the house stands out among the Baroque, Gothic and Art Nouveau buildings for which Prague is famous, and in the opinion of some it does not accord well with these architectural styles. Leave us a comment below if you recognize the other buildings.
:: 13 :: Big Ben London Tower Halloween Costume
Big Ben is the nickname for the Great Bell of the clock at the north end of the Palace of Westminster in London, and often extended to refer to the clock tower. The tower has become one of the most prominent symbols of the United Kingdom and is often in the establishing shot of films set in London.
:: 14 :: Eiffel Tower Halloween Costume
The Eiffel Tower is an iron lattice tower located on the Champ de Mars in Paris, France. It was named after the engineer Alexandre Gustave Eiffel, whose company designed and built the tower. Erected in 1889 as the entrance arch to the 1889 World’s Fair, it was initially criticized by some of France’s leading artists and intellectuals for its design, but has become both a global cultural icon of France and one of the most recognizable structures in the world.
:: 15 :: Google Sketch-up Guy at Storefront for Art and Architecture Halloween Event.
Most designers are very familiar with this awesome design tool called SketchUp. Formerly known as Google Sketchup, it is a 3D modeling computer program for a wide range of drawing applications such as architectural, interior design, civil and mechanical engineering, film, and video game design.
If you are still not sure about your Halloween costume, here are a few photos of a group of famous architects dressed up as their own buildings.
:: A. Stewart Walker as the Fuller Building, Leonard Schultze as the Waldorf-Astoria, Ely Jacques Kahn as the Squibb Building, William Van Alen as the Chrysler Building, Ralph Walker as the Wall Street Building, and Joseph Freedlander as the Museum of the City of New York. This photo was snapped at the 1931 Beaux Arts Ball.
:: Philip Johnson, PPG Place, Photo by Josef Astor for Vanity Fair 1996
:: I.M. Pei, Pyramide du Louvre, Photo by Josef Astor for Vanity Fair 1996
:: Philippe Starck, Nani Nani Building, Photo by Josef Astor for Vanity Fair 1996
:: Cesar Pelli, Carnegie Hall Tower, Photo by Josef Astor for Vanity Fair 1996
:: (left to right) Michael Graves, Charles Gwathmey, Richard Meier & Peter Eisenman wearing buildings they designed. Photo by Josef Astor for Vanity Fair 1996