Archive for February 24, 2012

John Hejduk , Aldo van Eyck, SANAA and the “Perfect Floor Plan”.

Posted in buildings, public buildings with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 24, 2012 by eliinbar

eliinbar’s Sketchbook 2012  The  “perfect floor plan”.

Here is a very short video that my youngest son photographed, my daughter edited and the eldest son chose the background music, documenting , the preparation process of my sketch.

They called it “ Sketch is born”

music by Nicolas Jaar

You are invited to visit my new Inspiration Sketch Gallery (ISG) in ETSY

Inspiration sketch Gallery (ISG) by Eli Inbar

I invite you all

Even if you are not trained in reading architectural plans

To delve into the example shown in this post.

An unusual example illustrating the processes of “Conscious Inspiration”.

This post is telling the story of an Inspiring floor plan designed by John Hejduk.

An Architect who was a contemporary theorists and a researcher more than a builder…. And on a personal note…. My inspiration for making architectural sketches….

Hejduk was the Legendary Dean of the Cooper Union School of Art and Architecture  from 1972 to 2000.

Generations of architects were inspired by his Sketches and theoretical architectural projects.

The following image is Hejduk’s  floor plan for a utopian”Diamond House

Hejduk’s floor plan for the “Diamond House” is an inspiring struggle with the endless search for the “perfect floor plan”.

A floor plan with the exact relationship between the main floor areas , and the” left over spaces” in-between.

 John Hejduk

 “Diamond Houses”


Five years later the inspiring and unique architect, Aldo van Eyck, contributes to world architectural heritage, his interpretation to the     ” perfect floor plan”.

The Sonsbeek’s Pavilion. Floor plan

Aldo van Eyck Architect

 Sonsbeek Pavilion


A calculated guess …. Aldo van Eyck’s inspiration source is  Hejduk’s “Diamond House” floor plan. 

Note the similar strategy in both floor plans

1. Explicit formal selection of building envelope, rhombus regular polygon and perfect circle.

2. The decision to crate leftover spaces braided between the exterior envelope and the floor plan’s central main mass.

3. The choice of the curving interior walls.

4. The Choice of the orthogonal  arrangement .

Look at the next two floor plan images….

Almost 40 years later the SANAA architecture firm designs  unique floor plans for the 21st Century Museum in Japan and the Glass Pavilion in Toledo, Ohio, they implement the same design principals John Hejduk and Aldo van Eyck implemented in their designs 40 years ago …

SANAA Architects

21st Century Museum Kanazawa

Japan 2005

SANAA Architects azuyo Sejima + Ryue Nishizawa

Glass Pavilion in the Museum of Art

Toledo, Ohio   Opening: 2006

Do the “Conscious inspiration effect” strikes the second time?


What are Constructivist teaching methods? (Conscious Inspiration Method”) 

1. Constructivist teaching theoretical framework holds that learning always builds upon knowledge that we already know.

2. Constructivist learning theory says that all knowledge is constructed from a base of prior knowledge.

3. Constructivists suggest that learning is more effective when we are actively engaged in the learning process.

4. We learn how to learn, by giving the training to take initiative from our own learning experiences.

You are invited to visit my previous posts dealing with the  ”perfect floor plan”:

SANAA & Aldo van Eyck  “wheels of Heaven”, “the Generating Plan”, “Conscious Inspiration”

SANAA , “the Generating Plan”, “Conscious Inspiration” 2


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