Chicago Tribune Tower competition ,Eliel Saarinen & Cesar Pelli

eliinbar’s Sketchbook 2011 Chicago Tribune Tower competition

Does Cesar Pelli implements the “Conscious inspiration” method?

It seems that Cesar Pelli starts his designs by making a research…. 

Decodes the “DNA” of his favorite architect (Eliel Saarinen?)

Implements his “vocabulary” ….

Adds its own approaches….

Adjust his project to the environment….

And design high-quality and contemporary towers


Well, this is “Conscious Inspiration”

Before starting, two interesting facts about Cesar Pelli: 

1.At the year 1991, the American Institute of Architects (AIA) listed Pelli among the ten most influential living American architects.

2. He started his career in the new Haven offices of architect Eero Saarinen( the son of Eliel Saarinen-who won the second Place at the Chicago Tribune Tower Competition in 1922).

Eliel Saarinen’s architect

entry to the Chicago Tribune Tower competition


Rated backed structure

Cesar Pelli and Associates

Cleveland’s Key Tower built in 1991 

“Rated backed structure”, “Multiplying the building’s corner”

Cesar Pelli and Associates The Wells Fargo Center

formerly known as Norwest Center

Minneapolis, Minnesota ,Completed in 1988

“Multiplying the building’s corner”,”Emphasis on the slenderness of the building by vertical lines”

Cesar Pelli and Associates

Bank of America Corporate Center

Charlotte 1992.

Cesar Pelli & Associates

 Citigroup Tower 

 London ,completed in 2001

 eliinbar Sketches 2011 the Chicago Tribune tower Competition, 1922

More information about the Chicago Tribune Tower competition:

You are invited to visit my recent posts


With The help of the Chicago Tribune Tower competition .I will show, in my next post that “Conscious Inspiration” already existed in the 20s of the last century.

 To Be Continued….


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