Steven Holl , El Lissitzky and the HORIZONTAL SKYSCRAPERS

eliinbar’s Sketch book 2012 - Steven Holl’s Inspiration Sources

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In 1923–1925 El Lissitzky proposed and developed the idea of horizontal skyscrapers  

Lissitzky argued that as long as humans cannot fly, moving horizontally is natural and moving vertically is not…. 

Where there is not sufficient land for construction, a new plane created in the air at medium altitude should be preferred to an American- tower. 

These buildings, according to Lissitzky, also provided superior insulation and ventilation for their inhabitants. 

More than 80 years later (2006) Steven Holl  designe an horizontal Skyscraper. The Vanke Center in Shenzhen, China, a mixed-use building including hotel, offices, serviced apartments, and public park (2006-2009)

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El Lissitzky’s proposed horizontal skyscraper 1923–1925

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Steven Holl Architect horizontal skyscraper

 VANKE CENTER in Shenzhen

China  2006-2009

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Eliinbar sketches 2012 Steven Holl’s Inspiration Sources?

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Epilogue:

1. In the drawing above , Steven Holl compares his horizontal skyscraper To a Typical American skyscraper.

2. I still wonder if the inspiration source for Holl’s buildings Mentioned in my sketch-book above are Actually Le Corbusier’s La Tourette Monastery…. 

3. I recommend everyone who is interested in the work of Holl, to read Lebbeus Woods post dealing with Steven Holl’s Horizontal Skyscraper.

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Steven Holl’s Spatial Retaining Bars, Phoenix, 1994

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Steven Holl’s American Library expansion, Berlin, 1984

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Steven Holl’s  Nanjing museum of art and architecture 2011

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You are invited to visit my recent and relevant posts:

Le Corbusier & Steven Holl    http://archidialog.com/2010/03/08/le-corbusier-steven-holl/

La Tourette ” Conscios Inspiration” 2 http://archidialog.com/2010/09/20/la-tourette-conscios-inspiration-2/ 

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15 Responses to “Steven Holl , El Lissitzky and the HORIZONTAL SKYSCRAPERS”

  1. [...] Someone Has Built It Before « Steven Holl , El Lissitzky and the HORIZONTAL SKYSCRAPERS [...]

  2. I always thought those tridimentional project were inspired by Yona Friedman tri-dimentional cities
    http://hacedordetrampas.blogspot.com/2011/03/blog-post.html
    What do you think about this inspiration ?

    • Hai Fran
      I was glad to regain your relevant comments….

      I agree with you … there are unique features returning in all three projects….as separation from the ground, horizontal construction, etc.

      Possible sources of inspiration for Yona Friedman and Steven Holl are the plans published in the 20s and 30s of the last century by El Lissitzky.

      Eliinbar

  3. moses hansen Says:

    In 2005 young danish practice did this project:

    http://www2.cebra.info/swfloader.asp?swf=dr.swf&title=DR%20Horsens

    Because the partners of the firm is big Steven Holl fans, they Subsequently send him a copy of their first book called “cebrafiles 01″, documenting the project. Six month later the proposal for the Shenzhen competition emerged…….

  4. [...] For the complete story of this sketch , you are invited to visit my post   http://archidialog.com/2012/01/17/steven-holl-el-lissitzky-and-the-horizontal-skyscrapers/ [...]

  5. […] But it’s one of Lissitzky’s unrealized concepts that proves the most enduring: his “horizontal skyscrapers.” Now architect Guillaume Mazars has imagined a way these unbuilt structures could be built with his […]

  6. […] But it’s one of Lissitzky’s unrealized concepts that proves the most enduring: his “horizontal skyscrapers.” Now architect Guillaume Mazars has imagined a way these unbuilt structures could be built with his […]

  7. […] But it’s one of Lissitzky’s unrealized concepts that proves the most enduring: his “horizontal skyscrapers.” Now architect Guillaume Mazars has imagined a way these unbuilt structures could be built with his […]

  8. […] But it’s one of Lissitzky’s unrealized concepts that proves the most enduring: his “horizontal skyscrapers.” Now architect Guillaume Mazars has imagined a way these unbuilt structures could be built with his […]

  9. […] But it’s one of Lissitzky’s unrealized concepts that proves the most enduring: his “horizontal skyscrapers.” Now architect Guillaume Mazars has imagined a way these unbuilt structures could be built with his […]

  10. […] But it’s one of Lissitzky’s unrealized concepts that proves the most enduring: his “horizontal skyscrapers.” Now architect Guillaume Mazars has imagined a way these unbuilt structures could be built with his […]

  11. […] But it’s one of Lissitzky’s unrealized concepts that proves the most enduring: his “horizontal skyscrapers.” Now architect Guillaume Mazars has imagined a way these unbuilt structures could be built with his […]

  12. […] But it’s one of Lissitzky’s unrealized concepts that proves the most enduring: his “horizontal skyscrapers.” Now architect Guillaume Mazars has imagined a way these unbuilt structures could be built with his […]

  13. […] But it’s one of Lissitzky’s unrealized concepts that proves the most enduring: his “horizontal skyscrapers.” Now architect Guillaume Mazars has imagined a way these unbuilt structures could be built with his […]

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