Zaha hadid “what came first the chicken or the egg?

From Eliinbar’s sketch book  2012  – Zaha Hadid


Le Corbusier in his book “Toward an Architecture”(published 1923)

Talks about the new technology, cars, airplanes, ships etc. 

Le Corbusier claims that we architects need to be inspired from the functional aesthetics of vehicles, airplanes and the ships industries. 

Le Corbusier Back in the 20th, was already aware to the benefits of the “Conscious inspiration method” as an intriguing and relevant planning tool for architects. 

He offered us architects to get inspired from the automotive industries, planes and even from ships.

A picture from le Corbusiers’ book “Toward an Architecture1923

And this is what exactly happened In the first half of the 20th century….

Architects like Gropius, Mendelsohn,Ludwig Mies van der Rohe and others..

applied  Le Corbusier’s  “Conscious Inspiration” principles and Influenced generations of architects….

I think it’s a fascinating period in the history of architecture and I intend to elaborate this issue in the posts coming..


In this post I will check an intriguing question….

A classic case for the eternal question what came first the chicken or the egg? 

Are new constructions technologies available today, are Zaha Hadid’s inspiration sources”?

Or is it  Zaha hadid’s vision that promoted new construction technologies that finally enabled realize her vision?

Here are some examples that expose construction methods used in Zaha Hadid’s  buildings

Do they enable us to answer the question I raised  previously?

For you to judge….

 Zaha Hadid Architect

Burnham Pavilion’s  aluminum-tube structure

Zaha Hadid Architect Burnham Pavilion

 aluminum-tubes and part Wrapped with a fabric

Zaha  Hadid Architect Burnham Pavilion

Millennium Park  Chicago 2009

Zaha Hadid  Architecte

Guangzhou Opera House under construction

Zaha Hadid Architecte

Guangzhou Opera House

published in  ArchDaily  in 2010

What did I learn from this post?

I think it will be a reasonable assumption to assume that  Zaha hadid  get inspired from new building technologies.

I believe that even today the principle Le Corbusier suggested in the 20’s is still relevant….”go architects and get inspired by advanced industrial technologies” …. 

And I believe that this is exactly what  Zaha Hadid  actually does ….She implements Le Corbusier’s principle….  And gets inspired consciously from advanced industrial technologies….





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3 Responses to “Zaha hadid “what came first the chicken or the egg?”

  1. I agree to some point on the Buckminster Fuller source of inspiration but not the Frank Gehry. Basically the thought process would be: Triangulation is rigid thus the structure is a triangulated frame (where architecture meets engineering- truth to structure). Then a complex structure is expensive so the support spaces will be orthogonal for cost reasons and a stage has a set layout thus they will be set in the grid-shell. Basically using those sources to say ‘it’s been done before’ is like saying a lamborghini has been done before because the first Mercedez Benz had a steering wheel and an internal combustion engine…

    • eliinbar Says:

      Thank you for your detailed response….
      Feel free to send me additional insights ..
      Thanks for the opportunity to learn something new

  2. Usually I do not learn article on blogs, but I wish to say that this
    write-up very compelled me to try and do it! Your writing taste has been surprised me.
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