An Official Architectural Guide to Emoji Buildings for World Emoji Day

Happy World Emoji Day! Yes, the cartoon icons that have come to substitute for written communication for a generation of young technophiles are beloved enough that they have earned their very own (global) holiday. The ubiquitous cheeky yellow characters and their accompanying symbols have officially ingrained themselves into our lexicon, for better or for worse (they even have their own movie coming out later this month—and no, not just via Snapchat), and an entire population will never look at an innocent peach or a nutritious eggplant the same way again. In recognition of the occasion, AD has decided to explore the architecture of the emoji, offering a helpful guide for the texting neophyte and the emoji-fluent alike. Without further ado, AD‘s unofficially official catalog of emoji architecture.

Emoji name: House

Our description: Shingle-style, single-floor gable-front cottage with oversized, no-muntin windows, bracketless eaves, and a red-brick chimney without visible mortar.

Best use: Aspirational image of the only type of home a millennial can ever hope to own.

Emoji name: Cityscape

Our description: Variegated skyline in cool hues showcasing multiple steel-frame skyscrapers and low-slung Brutalist buildings.

Best use: When feeling blue in New York City; to convey an especially smoggy day in Beijing.

Emoji name: Classical building

Our description: Palladian-style Greek Revival villa with tetrastyle portico supported by four Doric orders.

Best use: Invite to a birthday celebration for Andrea Palladio; a nostalgic imagining of the Parthenon in its earlier years.

Emoji name: Love hotel

Our description: Hotel in the style of St. Petersburg’s nouveau-Moorish Don Cesar, featuring modernist rooflines and round-arched windows.

Best use: Invite to a romantic getaway; possibly in conjunction with peach and eggplant emojis.

Emoji name: Office building

Our description: Brutalist tower in cast concrete with repeated rectangular windows and visible rooftop utility space.

Best use: A…

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