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MVRDV Inspiration …. Or a self fulfilling prophecy

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From eliinbar’s sketchbook 2012 – MVRDV Inspiration …. Or a self fulfilling prophecy


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In this post we will learn about MVRDV’s Inspiration sources …. Or maybe it’s a “self fulfilling prophecy”….

For you to judge….

In the next image a building designed by Rem Koolhaas in Bangkok, Thailand in 1996 .

The building is designed according to the “Stacking Diagram design Strategy”

Rem Koolhaas & OMA Architects

The Hyperbuilding , A self-contained city for 120,000 inhabitants with housing, education, culture, welfare, medical facilities, amusement, industry, retail .

 Bangkok, Thailand  1996

How does the “Stacking Diagram design Strategy” works? 

First step: definition of size and shape of the spaces in accordance with the program.

Second step: designing the building as a “stacking Diagram” emphasizing the program.

 eliinbar’s sketchbook 2012 – Rem Koolhaas and the The Hyperbuilding

For more information about theStacking Diagram design Strategyvisit my post

Rem Koolhaas -“They were All my sons”– Bjarke Ingels Group – BIG & MVRDV& REX & FREE

 From  eliinbar’s sketchbook 2012   OMA’s “Stacking Diagram” design Strategy-


In the next images….buildings designed by two of Rem Koolhaas’s former employees/partners .

Today they are part of the world’s leading architectural firms …. REX- (Joshua Prince-Ramus) and BIG-(Bjarke Ingels)

REX architects

MuseumPlaza  Louisville  Kentuky

 USA published 2005

Bjarke Ingels group- BIG  architects:

cross # towers

seoul , korea published 2012

Recently was published in ARCHDAILY

a new building ,designed by another Rem Koolhaas’s former employees/partners…. MVRDV

MVRDV Architects

vertical city integrates retail, offices, housing, a luxury hotel, four levels of parking, a wedding house, a mosque, an imax theater and an outdoor amphitheater

 Jakarta, Indonesia

Published in ARCHDAILY 2012

 eliinbar’s sketchbook 2012 – MVRDV Inspiration …. A self fulfilling prophecy

Note the similarity in three projects…you can easily Identify the primary components of the buildings ….the Stacking Process has a clear visual expression….


 Just a Minute….

 13 years ago MVRDV won a world wide competition to design Berlin Voids housing project, a vertical block marking the void left by the Berlin Wall….a three-dimensional puzzle of individual apartments.

MVRDV Architects

Model-Berlin Voids

 Competition 1991

eliinbar’s sketchbook 2010 -MVRDV and Rem Koolhaas &REX….the Stacking Diagram design Strategy”



I can estimate

that the Berlin Voids housing project designed by MVRDV in early 90s is the source of inspiration for the “Stacking Diagram design Strategy”? 


Well…Is MVRDV’s Berlin Voids housing project designed in the 90’s is MVRDV’s “self fulfilling prophecy“?


in my Facebook



MVRDV Architects

vertical city, Jakarta, Indonesia

Published 2012

Finally, it is hard to ignore another two dominant planning strategies,highlighted in MVRDV’s  Jakarta’s  vertical city building ….

I call them “Multi Style Buildings Trend” and the “Revolving/Rotated floors buildings”


“Multi Style Buildings Trend”:   Buildings designed by one architect divided into several parts. Each part of the building is characterized by a different architectural style.( materials, different morphology, the building envelope, the building openings etc.)

For more information about the Multi Style Buildings Trend”visit my post –The New “Multi Style BuildingsTrend” – Herzog-De-Meuron & Jean Nouvel & Dominique Perrault & Massimiliano and Doriana Fuksas

eliinbar’s Sketchbook 2012 – “Multi Style Buildings Trend”

“Revolving/Rotated floors buildings”: For more information about the Revolving/Rotated floors buildingsvisit my post: Expo 2010 Part Eight – The “Revolving/Rotated floors buildings”

eliinbar’s Sketches 2010 – “ Revolving \ Rotated  floors   buildings “


in my Facebook


The  “Conscious Inspiration Method‘ ,  How it Works?

First step:  the inspiration Source.

Second step:   Developing  the Conscious Inspiration tools.

Third step:   Realize the design idea.


The five “HOWS” of the “Conscious Inspiration Method”

The ultimate inspiration methodology:

1. How to filter out relevant Knowledge from the Web with abundance of information?

2. How to develop your own Vision?

3. How to choose the right “Inspiration Sources” that empowers your Vision?

4. How to develop your personal Design tools?

5. How to use your Inspiration Sources as the “Planning Process Generator”, and design high quality and creative architecture?

“Conscious Inspiration” is practicing and acquiring tools to improve observation and differentiation of details.

The abundance of information in the Web affects us all, as I illustrate in my posts.

I Believe that designing is a process formed from three main phases:  knowledge, tools and invention.

Knowledge”:  as many said, and wrote before – Knowledge is the foundation for all designing processWe architects and designers are obliged to be informed about everything that was designed in the past and on a daily basis….

“Tools”:  develop tools to analyze buildings and “Understand” them,  tools that will cope with the abundance of architectural information…

(I intend to demonstrate some of my ideas in future posts)

“Invention”:  with the methodology of “conscious Inspiration” we don’t need to be intimidated to get inspired from relevant buildings.  Once we develop our tools, it will lead us to high quality and creative architecture.

Eli Inbar