Non-Structures Francisco Ibanez Hantke | Estudio Ibanez


The series ‘Non-Structures’ presents London – and cities in general – as a spectacle of constant conflict, negotiation and flux. Capturing key moments in the life of diverse buildings, the images reveal a condition of transience, trapped as these buildings and sites are between the boundaries of architecture and ruin, planning and chance, process and product. The term ‘Non-Structures’ alludes to anthropologist Marc Augé’s influential work ’Non-Places’; this boundary condition, defined by an absence of identity, has lent its name to the series.

Using similar parameters of light, composition and scale, these ‘Non-Structures’ appear to be frozen in a specific time and context, as dysfunctional devices that question collectively the processes of change and the impermanence of the city. From the demolition of iconic buildings such as Robin Hood Gardens to various transformations of anonymous buildings in London, the photographs aim to unveil the unexpected and sculptural morphology of these ‘non-structures’, while simultaneously documenting the constant tension that exists with their surroundings. Can these ‘non-structures’ be considered involuntary works of art?

Beyond visual documentation, this series of images initiates a dialogue concerned with what type of future we want for the places in which we live, work, and pass the time.

Print Editions

All photographs are available as archival limited edition prints. All prints are hand signed and numbered, and come with a signed certificate of authenticity. For more information, please send an email to

Solo exhibitions

June-July 2019_Velorose Gallery, London, UK. The exhibition was part of the London Festival of Architecture
March-April 2019_Ekho gallery, Santiago, Chile

Group exhibitions

June 2021_Group Co-Curator and Exhibitor exhibition ‘Power Structures’, Bermondsey Project Space, London, UK
June 2021_Group Co-Curator and Exhibitor exhibition ‘Power Structures’, Many Studios, Glasgow, UK
December 2020_Group exhibition ‘contemporary architecture photography’, Santiago, Chile
November 2019_Launching exhibition online gallery Collectio, Edificio Alonso, Santiago, Chile
March 2019_Spectacle and dissolution in the financialised city. Screening of film Vertical Horizons by Tom Wolseley and exhibition of series Non-Structures. UCL Bartlett School of Planning, London, UK
October 2018_Pic up prints, Tea Building, London, UK
June 2016_Extra-Ordinary: New Practices in Chilean Architecture, photography of project ‘Apus Kankay’ by Aguilo Pedraza Architects, Center for Architecture, New York, USA

Selected publications

September 2021_ Non-Structures & Palimpsest: Photography as a Register for Urban Regeneration and Real Estate Speculation
August 2021_ Non-Structures & Palimpsesto: La fotografía como registro de la regeneración urbana y la especulación inmobiliaria, Plataforma Arquitectura
July 2021_ Visibilizar los cambios, Revista V&D, El Mercurio, Chile
September 2020_ No-Estructuras, Revista PLOT N56
August 2020_ Non Structures interview Koozarch
April 2020_ Documentación y Abstracción, Collectio
November 2019_Incomplete Structures Take the Spotlight in Photographic Series
July 2019_Imperfect Beauty: photographing a city’s life-cycle, Greyscape, UK
June 2019_What lies behind? The facades of London, The Guardian, UK
March 2019_Imágenes Mutantes (Mutant Images), Economia y Negocios, El Mercurio, Chile
March 2019_Imágenes Mutantes (Mutant Images), Revista V&D, El Mercurio, Chile

Events and conferences

April 2020_ Co-curator and exhibitor at ‘Beyond the Image’ event, Zoomed In Festival (video)
February 2019_Designing Time – Circadian Dreams, Design Museum, London
March 2019_Spectacle and dissolution in the financialised city, Bartlett School of Planning, London. Participation in the discussion panel.

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