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

Posted in buildings, public buildings with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on July 12, 2012 by eliinbar

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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Are Issey Miyake’s pleats, the Inspiration Sources of Zaha Hadid ,Grimshaw and Sinclair,Knight & Merz?

Posted in buildings, public buildings with tags , , , , , , , , , , on March 14, 2012 by eliinbar
I do not often present to you the  inspirational relationship between different design areas(Fashion,Jewelry,Product Design,Design cars, etc.).

Currently I visited with my youngest son the “Geneva Motor Show”.

It was an interesting opportunity for me to examine
the sources of  inspiration of the Cars industry.

And I learned  that it happens in a similar manner  like in architecture….

I’ll write a post about it soon….

In this post I’ll check,
Are architects  inspired from the fashion world?

I apologize I did not attach a sketch….
Soon I’ll be back from my vacation.

Grimshaw Architects

Garibaldi  Exhibition Building

Milan Italy Competition won: 2006

Zaha Hadid Architects

The Burnham Pavilion, temporary pavilion to house multimedia installation

in Chicago  Published : August 2009

 Sinclair, Knight, Merz Architects

London 2012 Basketball Arena

published June 2011

Notice to the recurring themes of the three structures shown in the images above ….their fabric skins wrapped tightly around a metal frame, inspired by the fashion  industry Pleats.

In the image above a typical example of a purse inspired by the Pleats

(Clearly reflected in Grimshaw’s  Garibaldi Exhibition Building)


Issey Miyake Fashion Designer was born in Hiroshima , Japanin 1938.

Miyake’s basic tenets for making clothes has always been the idea of creating a garment from ‘one piece of cloth’,

And the exploration of the space between the human body and the cloth that covers it.

His approach to design has always been to strike a consistent balance between tradition and innovation, handcrafts and new technology.

“Minaret” Dress by Issey Miyake

Look at the image above demonstrating Issey Miyake’s Interpretation to a rad-ical but eminently practical and universal form of contemporary clothing that combines technology, functionality and beauty. 

Are Issey Miyake’s unique designs
the sources of inspiration for  
Zaha Hadid , Grimshaw Architects and Sinclair, Knight ,Merz?

You are invited to visit my recent and relevant post:

 Zaha Hadid & Grimshaw Architects, wrapped softly….…wrapped-softly/ ‎


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Zaha Hadid & Grimshaw Architects, wrapped softly….

Posted in public buildings with tags , , , , , , , on January 30, 2012 by eliinbar

From time to time I hold a mirror and try to reflect  the contemporary architectural reality, for you to judge,

I must  confess…. it makes it more interesting when it comes to famous architects….

Here is another interesting example of “Conscious inspiration

Zaha Hadid is certainly one of the most influential architects working today.

Does Zaha Hadid implement intuitively the “Conscious Inspiration Method” to design unique structures?

The following image is Garibaldi Exhibition Building designed by Grimshaw Architects in 2006

Grimshaw Architects

Garibaldi Exhibition Building

Milan Italy Competition won: 2006

From Grimshaw’s architects cite  about Garibaldi Exhibition Building:

This functional core is then loosely wrapped, as though draped with fabric, in a metal skin that follows the shape of the site, creating something of an urban sculpture. At piazza level, the building is transparent.

Zaha Hadid Architects

The Burnham Pavilion, temporary pavilion to house multimedia installation

in Chicago Published : August 2009

Here’s some info from  Zaha Hadid  architects about Burnham Pavilion published in Dezeen: 

The pavilion is composed of an intricate bent-aluminum structure Outer and inner fabric skins are wrapped tightly around the metal frame to create the fluid shape.

Eliinbar sketches 2012  Zaha Hadid’s Inspiration Sources

Notice to the recurring themes of the two pavilions Fabric skins wrapped tightly around a metal frame, inspired by the fashion industry.

To be continued….


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You are invited to visit my recent and relevant posts:

Daniel Libeskind’s Inspiration Sources & “The Crystal Buildings”

Zaha Hadid and the “Sculpture Buildings Trend”

In pursuit after Zaha Hadid’s  inspiration Sources 1

“Conscious Inspiration” the ultimate inspiration methodology

 “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

“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