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12/03/2013 10:15 am ET Updated Jan 23, 2014

Gingerbread Architecture Makes Normal Gingerbread Houses Look Pathetic (PHOTOS)

Henry Hargreaves, Caitlin Levin

Gingerbread houses have their place -- at the kids' table and in our childhood Christmas memory bank for the most part -- unless, that is, they're one of the incredible works of architectural x culinary genius making their debut at Miami's Art Basel show this week.

The work of photographer Henry Hargreaves and chef Caitlin Levin, these iconic structures only look like the famous art museums we've come to know. But a closer inspection (or color photo) reveals layers of gingerbread and candy cleverly manipulated to look like the real thing.

Commissioned for a Dylan's Candy Bar display at the annual art fest, Levin and Hargreaves project is next-level gingerbread baking at its best. (Read: Don't even think about recreating these at home.)

Check out the edible masterpieces and what they're made of in the photos below, or in person at Dylan's Candy Bar in Miami Beach when they go on display on December 6 from 6 to 8 p.m.

  • Tate Modern, London. Modern extensions by Herzog & de Meuron
    Gingerbread, hard candy, cotton candy, bubble gum.
  • Museo Soumaya, Mexico City, by Fernando Romero
    Candy balls, gingerbread, sour rolls, taffy.
  • MAXXI National Museum of the 21st Century Arts, Rome, by Zaha Hadid
    Gingerbread, hard candy, lollipop sticks.
  • Museum Aan de Stroom (MAS), Antwerp by Neutelings Riedijk Architects
    Gingerbread, lego candy, hard candy, sesame candy, chocolate, bubble gum, sour rolls.
  • The Louvre, Paris, Pyramid extension by I.M.Pei
    Gingerbread, hard candy, licorice.
  • Karuizawa Museum, Nagano, by Yasui Hideo
    Chocolate, gingerbread, hard candy, cotton candy, sour flush.
  • Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, by Frank Lloyd Wright
    Icing, gingerbread, cotton candy, candy wrappers, licorice, sugar.

Photos by Caitlin Levin and Henry Hargreaves.

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