Conscious Inspiration Facades 2

Five points of architecture

It was Le Corbusier’s Villa Savoye (1929–1931) that most succinctly summed up his five points of architecture that he had elucidated in the journal L’Esprit Nouveau and his book Vers une architecture, which he had been developing throughout the 1920s. First, Le Corbusier lifted the bulk of the structure off the ground, supporting it by pilotis – reinforced concrete stilts. These pilotis, in providing the structural support for the house, allowed him to elucidate his next two points: a free façade, meaning non-supporting walls that could be designed as the architect wished, and an open floor plan, meaning that the floor space was free to be configured into rooms without concern for supporting walls. The second floor of the Villa Savoye includes long strips of ribbon windows that allow unencumbered views of the large surrounding yard, and which constitute the fourth point of his system. The fifth point was the roof garden to compensate for the green area consumed by the building and replacing it on the roof. From Wikipedia

Here is my personal interpretation-sketch to the story of buildings Façades. From Le Corbusiers’ Villa Savoye “free Façade” ( 1929-1931) till today.

I am aware about the existence of other parallel stories….

I will deal with them in my future posts


Conscious Inspiration Facades eliinbar Sketches 2011      




Two  Dimensional Facades


The Multi Layers Facades

Jean Nouvel Architect Tour Agbar 2005


The Transparent Façade

Mies Van de Rohe The Seagram Building 1969


The Double Wall Facades 



The “Mashrabia” Facades

Jean Nouvel Architect Institute du Monde Arab  1981-1987



Shadowing Facades

Sean Godsell Architect  Cater\Tucker house 1998-2000


The Lace Facades

Jacob Macfarlane Arch. “the Orange Cube” 2005-2011



Three Dimensional Facades


The Sponge Concept Facades

Steven Holl Architect Sketch for Nanning Chaina 2002


The Wrapped Boxes style Facades

Ron Arad Architect Holon Museum 2003-2010


The Slice Facades

Zaha Hadid Performing Arts Center Hague 2010


The Frank Gehry Style Facades

Frank Gehry’s private house 1978


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5 Responses to “Conscious Inspiration Facades 2”

  1. Tin from Australia Says:

    Wow, i never thought of it that way – it is easier for some reason to trace the lineage of pilotis and open plans from Corb to today’s architecture, yet you are exactly right – if anything, this confirms exactly how visionary (and more importantly, relevant) the architect’s theories and predictions are, and that they entail so much more than the white-with-ribbon-windows ‘style’ his buildings popularised.

    This gets me thinking, however, that pilotis and open plans are easily recognizable because they have not changed much – that perhaps the potential of these devices have not yet been fully explored? and, i suppose ‘roof garden’ then translates to ‘useable roof space’, not gardens themselves if Corb’s buildings are anything to go by!

    Keep up the good work,

    • eliinbar Says:

      Hai Tin, thanks for your elaborate comment
      In this post I tried to exhibit a simple notion.
      The natural development of Architecture design is based on inspiration techniques (Conscious Inspiration)
      (In this post.Villa Savoye “free Façade” is the inspiration source)

      It is rare to experience invention in architecture

      I invite you to comment and participate at the dialogue I am promoting In my blog
      Eli Inbar

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