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

Posted in public buildings with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 25, 2011 by eliinbar

Soon After I published my last post about SANAA’s inspiration sources, I came across the ground plan of The Dover Castle in England (founded in the 12th century).

Dover Castle, ground- plan


It was founded in the 12th century

SANAA Architects

Glass Pavilion ground- plan

Toledo,Ohio, USA  Museum of Art Opening: 2006

Dover Castle ground- plan

eliinbar Sketches 2011 -sanaa's Glass Pavilion ground- plan

 Eliinbar sketches 2011  -SANAA’s Glass Pavilion ground- plan

It seems that  SANAA’s Inspiration Sources for the Glass Pavilion, is Dover’s Castle ground plan.

But in a opposite way….

The walls that hold the building in the Dover’s Castle become the “Spaces in between” in SANAA’s Glass Pavilion.


Dover Castle  “The walls that hold the building”

SANAA Architects Glass Pavilion

The walls that hold the building in the Dover’s Castle become the “Spaces in between” in SANAA’s ” Glass Pavilion”

What did I learn from this post?

SANAA   gave an innovative interpretation to the Dover Castle ground plan, in the” Glass Pavilion” .

SANAA’s Architects knew the Dover’s Castle ground plan, or other castles with similar patterns.

They had the relevant architectural Knowledge. 

Knowledge is the foundation for all designing process.

“We architects and designers are obliged to be informed about everything that was designed in the past and on a daily basis”


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Dover Castle England It was founded in the 12th century

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

Posted in buildings, public buildings with tags , , , , , , , , , on September 18, 2011 by eliinbar

From  Eliinbar’s Sketch book 2011  SANAA & Aldo Van  Eyeck

From time to time I display an example of a familiar building ground-plan, which inspires architects.

In this post I present  Aldo van Eycks “Wheels of Heaven” Church, [project],from  1966,  and SANAA’s “Glass Pavilion”, Museum of Art in Toledo.

SANAA is one of the Innovative architecture firms working today.

Aldo van Eyck (1918 – 1999)  was one of the most influential protagonists of the Structuralism movement and later in his career called for a return to humanism within architectural design.

Aldo van Eyck Architect

Wheels of Heaven Church,ground plan model

[project], 1966

SANAA  Architects  Glass Pavilionground plan

Toledo,Ohio, USA  Museum of Art

Opening: 2006

The two ground plans have similar  patterns.

They are composed of two main components, the “main spaces” (who are characterized by their round morphology)

and the “Spaces in between” (see my Sketches).

 Eliinbar’s Sketches  2011 – SANAA &  Aldo Van Eyck

In Aldo van Eyck’s Church, the “Spaces in between” are used for “movement” 

SANAA’s in the” Glass Pavilion” gave an innovative interpretation to Aldo van Eyck’s Church ground plan.

The circular morphology of the “main spaces” is similar, if that unlike  Aldo van Eyck’s Church the partitions are transparent, but the “movement” in the building is from one main space to another.

The “Spaces in between” are used as”Separator spaces”.

SANAAArchitects Glass Pavilion

The “Spaces in between” are used as”Separator spaces

SANAA’s “Glass Pavilion” is in my opinion a Good example of “Conscious Inspiration“.


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