Eduardo Souto de Moura & Steven Holl “Conscious Inspiration”

Portuguese architect Eduardo Souto de Moura.is the 2011 Pritzker Prize laureate.

In this post and the subsequent posts I’ll try to find out what are his sources of inspiration.

Will it help us to add new tools to the “Conscious Inspiration Toolbox” ?

Eduardo  Souto de Moura architect

Edificio Comercial y de Oficinas  Avenida da Boavista

Oporto, Portugal  2004-2007

Steven Holl Architect

Loisium Hotel

Langenlois, Austria, 2001-2005

Eduardo  Souto de Moura & Steven Holl . eliinbar Sketches 2011

The “conscious inspiration” Signs :

1. Both buildings deal with the “Edge of the cliff”.

2. The buildings are designed in a unique simplicity:

Sealed envelope, transparent façade.

3. The building Deliberate in a Clear direction.

4. Significant source of inspiration:

A hand with fingers, with a fragmented shape.

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3 Responses to “Eduardo Souto de Moura & Steven Holl “Conscious Inspiration””

  1. eduardo Says:

    1. you should see some aerial views.
    2. “both unique simplicity” well, the pictures talk for themselves

    the other two are just ridiculous.
    it’s a little bit hard to make this kind of analogies with contemporary portuguese architecture. if you want to make them go check alvar aalto or mies. anyway you’ll fall in fallacy, just because there is still some architecture that doesn’t match with a “pop” analysis… cute drawings anyway.

    • eliinbar Says:

      hi Eduardo

      Thank you for your elaborate feedback.
      I agree with you…. both of these buildings has nothing significantly in common (typology, function, “style”, etc.I saw some aerial views)….

      I thank you for the opportunity to clarify once again the principles of “Conscious Inspiration”….

      In my blog, I juxtapose examples of projects without the intention to insinuate that one architect copied from another, but rather to spur a dialog among architects.
      The goal is to encourage an architectural planning process that I like to call “Conscious Inspiration”.

      I am obviously not the first to consider this approach:

      Le Corbusier mentions in one of his books that his sources of inspiration for the Cathedral of Ron Champ was Villa Adriana at Tivoli. The French architect Emile Aillaud describes in his writings that his source of inspiration for 3 office buildings in LA Defense (near Paris) was the Piazza Dei Miracoli with the Tower of Pisa. Louis Kahan eventually got his inspiration to design the Hurva Synagogue from the Temple of Solomon in Jerusalem, and Tadao Ando traveled all over Europe to get inspired by existing buildings as a way to train him self to become an architect..

      So far, I have only scratched the surface of this concept, and I am in the beginning of this journey. I believe the journey itself may lead us architects to a more rigorous architectural planning.

      Once again, many thanks!

      Eli Inbar

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