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Le Corbusier is here…. and his alive ….

Posted in buildings, public buildings with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 15, 2012 by eliinbar

From  eliinbar’s sketchbook 2012 – Wang Shu’s inspiration Sources

The Chinese architect Wang Shu, has been awarded the 2012 Pritzker Architecture Prize.

I must confess….
I was unfamiliar with the work of  Shu Wang,

In this post I present a building designed by Shu Wang….The new Art Academy in Hangzhou  China.

It is really hard to ignore the  inspiration sources of this building….there is a strong sense that Le Corbusier is still among us…. working in China….

The design strategy adopted by Shu Wang In China Is a combination of modernist architectural citations along with awareness to local materials and local construction methods …

It reminds me Le Corbusier’s approach. while planning Chandigarh  in India, in the 1950s.

Here are Selected photos of the New Art Academy Hangzhou designed by Wang Shu,  and his possible sources of inspiration….   For you to judge….

Amateur Architecture Studio / Wang Shu architect

  New Art Academy Hangzhou China

published in Arch daily  IN  2009

Le Corbusier Architect

Unité d ‘ Habitation Rezé

Nantes,France built from 1952 to 1954

Amateur Architecture Studio / Wang Shu architect 

New Art Academy Hangzhou China

published in Arch daily  in  2009

Le Corbusier and Iannis Xenakis Architects

Sainte Marie de La Tourette monastery

in a valley near Lyon, France 1953-1960

Amateur Architecture Studio / Wang Shu architect 

New Art Academy Hangzhou China

published in Arch daily  in  2009

Hans Sharoun Architect

Philharmonic building in Berlin-Tiergarten

Germany 1960-1963

Amateur Architecture Studio / Wang Shu architect 

 New Art Academy Hangzhou China

 published in Arch daily  in  2009

SANAA rchitects

Zollverein School of  Management & Design

Essen,Germany 2003-2006

What did I learn from this post?

1. Wang Shu actually designs his buildings according to the principles of the conscious inspiration method.

2. He chooses wisely Le Corbusier to be his main inspiration source….(And others).
3. He developed a planning strategy refers to his projects surrounding environment..

4. He consciously cites his sources of inspiration.

and finally he is awarded the 2012 Pritzker Architecture Prize .


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Le Corbusier & Oscar Niemeyer – The Power of the Open Hand

Posted in public buildings with tags , , , , on January 7, 2011 by eliinbar

Open hand in Chandigarh, India is one of the most significant monuments of the city.

 The credit for laying down its plan goes to Le Corbusier.

 Chandigarh open hand monument has been designed in the form of a giant hand made from metal sheets that rotates like a weathercock, indicating the direction of wind.. The significance of open hand is that it conveys the social message of peace and unity that is “open to give & open to receive.” Open hand is the city’s official emblem,

 it was designed in the 1950s by Le Corbusier.

Le Corbusier “Open Hand” Chandigarh



The Memorial of Latin America was inaugurated in March 1989.

 It is a complex space of 85,000 square meters designed by Oscar Niemeyer.

 Situated in the city of São Paulo, Brazil, it is a place where Latin culture is celebrated.

Oscar Niemeyer Memorial of Latin American Complex