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Le Corbusier…. Do we need more evidence that he is the most significant source of inspiration for architects, in the last century?

Posted in buildings, public buildings with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 8, 2012 by eliinbar

From Eliinbar’s Sketch book 2012 – Le Corbusier, the most significant source of inspiration for architects, in the last century.

This Post is about a dominant morphology that was first applied by Le Corbusirer at the 50th.,…. 

I call it the “sloping cylinder

The next image is Le Corbusier’s Palace of the Assembly  in Chandigarh

Notice the dominant sloping cylinder on the roof of Palace of the Assembly in Chandigarh.

Le Corbusier Architect

Palace of the Assembly

Chandigarh, India  1953 to 1963

Published in ARCHDAILY – AD Classics

Mario Botta  is recognized as a “Conscious Inspiration Follower” of   le Corbusier,

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The main idea shown in the post, is presented in the next sketch

Eliinbar’s Sketches 2010 Le Corbusier the most significant source of inspiration for architects, in the last century

Mario Botta was one of the first architects who were inspired from the dominant morphology of the Palace of the Assembly in Chandigarh.

Following this inspiration…. Mario Botta designed some  significant buildings in the 20th century

Here are two of Mario Botta’s  most significant buildings inspired by Le Corbusier’s Palace of the Assembly in Chandigarh

Mario Botta architect

San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA)

San Francisco California  USA  1995

Mario Botta Architect

Evry Cathedral

Evry, France  Completion 1996

The next images are showing another example of a typical “Conscious Inspiration Chain”

The short story starts in the 50 with Le Corbusier’s  Palace of the Assembly in Chandigarh…. It continues with Mario Botta and his dominant buildings designed in the 80 s and 90 s ,and reaches its peak with Rem Koolhaas’s  Prada Pavilion designed  in the beginning of the 21 century

Le CorbusierArchitect

Palace of the Assembly Chandigarh

India  1953 to 1963

Mario Botta Architect

Church of St. John the Baptist Mogno

  Switzerland  1986-1996

Rem Koolhaas Architect

  Prada Pavilion

Seoul  ,South Korea  2009

From Eliinbar’s Sketch book 2012– Le Corbusier the most significant source of inspiration for architects, in the last century

A short Comment….

Certainly  Le Corbusier is the most significant “Source of Inspiration” for architects, in the last century.

At this point of my journey, I want to distinguish between two planning processes….

Conscious Inspiration and Unconscious Inspiration as it sometimes called “Copy Paste

Unfortunately Le Corbusier is also the most significant “Source of Inspiration” for architects who their planning processes is more like the “Unconscious inspiration”……..

I intend in my future posts to give examples and explain the significance of the “Conscious Inspiration Method” for us architects….


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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.

A “small talk” about “Conscious inspiration”

With the methodology of “conscious Inspiration”, we don’t need to be intimidated to get inspired from relevant buildings.

Be inspired consciously from existing buildings, and you will experience a unique design process that will serve your creative desires….

But first we must develop our “TOOLS” or in other words, our” Codex rules”…. 


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.

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What is common between Le Corbusier , Kia Sportage third generation and “Conscious Inspiration”?

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on July 16, 2012 by eliinbar

After I finished writing my last post ….

About Zaha Hadid and le Corbusier’s book “Toward an Architecture”

I was curious to know more about the automotive industry today.

I turned to the network to learn more about it….

 I came across a car, the third generation of the Kia Sportage designed in 2010 by Peter Schreyer , and recently won a number of design awards.

A calculate guess ….the third generation of the kia Sportage,was designed according to the “conscious inspiration method” ….If I may express my private opinion…. to perfection….

For you to judge….

Peter Schreyer

Is the designer of the Audi TT (1998) one of “the most influential automotive design in recent time

so he did the Audi A3, A4 and A6.

In 1993 moved to Volkswagen’s exterior design department and drew the Volkswagen’s revised Beetle

Peter Schreyer  has been lured from Volkswagen to become Kia’s chief designer in 2006

This is the  Kia Sportage designed by Peter Schreyer

Peter Schreyer 

Chief Design Officer at Kia Motors

kia Sportage Third generation  2010

Do the cars shown in the next images….are Peter Schreyer’s  inspiration sources for the kia Sportage Third generation?

The “Conscious inspiration Method” In the case of the Kia sportage, works like this….

First….It seems as if the main inspiration source was the Nissan Murano from 2005

Nissan Murano 2005

Notice in both cars the similar design strategy, emphasizing the front three dimensional, and the oblique angle of the back side windows….

Notice also the same rare metallic orange color in both cars…. Is it just a coincidence?

It is unusual…. I browsed the web …At last years I found just one car proposed with the same color ….the  Ford Edge  from 2009  

Now let’s go in to details….

look at the next image of the Volkswagen sirocco 2009

 Is the upper front grill and front flashlights of the Volkswagen sirocco the inspiration source for the front lower grill of the Kia sportage

 Volkswagen sirocco 2009

Eliinbar’s Sketches 2012Volkswagen sirocco 2009 and the Kia Sportage’s inspiration sources

And the next car is the Mitsubishi Outlander 2006

Notice the unique shape of the Mitsubishi Outlander’s 2006 side window

Do you notice any formal similarity to the Kia shportage side window?

(Look also at the image of the Nissan Murano above)

And what do you say about the similarity of the front flashlights

pulled back like tiger eyes?

Eliinbar’s sketches 2012  Mitsubishi outlander 2006 and Kia sportage’s inspiration sources

If you are interested…. there are more cars that probably can be the inspiration sources for the kia sportage, third generation

Check the Ford Edge 2009 front flashlights, and the rare of the Volkswagen Tiguan 2009



If we look deeply , there are signs for the “conscious inspiration chain

The Nissan Murano came first in 2005….then in 2006 came the Mitsubishi Outlander  and finally the kia sportage third generation in 2010….

What do you say?

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What is common between “conscious inspiration”and the car industry? Ask the manufacturers of Aston Martin, Ford, Peugeot, Citroën, Lexus, Audi, Hyundai, Subaru, Opel, Mercedes, Mini cooper, Honda and who not….


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Erich Medelson, Hans Scharoun and Iakov Chernikhov, Do the “conscious inspiration chain” strikes again?….

Posted in buildings, public buildings with tags , , , , , , , , , on January 27, 2012 by eliinbar

It turns out that Iakov Chernikhov whose Inspiring images were the source of inspiration for talented architects, (see my previous posts),

has his own inspiration sources ….

What do you say about the following example?

Erich Mendelson Architect

 preliminary sketch

 for an optical-products-factory-1917

Hans Scharoun 

 The Expressionist Theatre


 Iakov Chernikhov

image from Architectural Fantasies book


 Eliinbar sketches 2012  Do the “conscious inspiration chain” strikes again?.

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Daniel Libeskind , Coop Himmelb(l)au & Iakov Georgievich Chernikhov – so that is how “Conscious Inspiration” works? 

O.M. Ungers & Iakov Chernikhov – Is This “Conscious Inspiration”? 

Kenzo Tange & Rem Koolhaas/OMA  The”Conscious Inspiration Chain”

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Chicago Tribune tower Competition, 1922 and the “Conscious Inspiration Chain” 2

Posted in buildings, public buildings with tags , , , , , , , on May 11, 2011 by eliinbar

Fromeliinbar’s sketchbook   Chicago Tribune  1922 “Conscios Inspiration Chain” 2

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

This post Is about two talented architects….

Their  sources of inspiration for a glorious career  are Probably the proposals of Adolf Loos and Walter Gropius  to the international design competition for the new Chicago Tribune office building in 1922 (see my previous Post)

Michael Graves and Richard Meier were part of the New York Five (  New York City architects).Peter EisenmanMichael GravesCharles GwathmeyJohn Hejduk and Richard Meier.

Their works were published in Museum of Modern Art exhibition in the 60’s and in a book  Five Architects  in the 70’s. 

These five had a common allegiance to a pure form of architectural modernism, harkening back to the work of Le Corbusier in the 1920s and 1930s 

At The 80’s Graves embraced postmodernism and

Meier’s buildings remain truest to the modernist aesthetic

  Walter Gropius / Adolf Meyer architects  

Chicago Tribune

Competition entry, 1922

Richard Meier Architect

redevelopment of Madison Square Garden,

competition late 1980’s

Adolf Loos architect

  Chicago Tribune

Competition entry, 1922

Michel Graves Architect

Denver Central Library

 expanded by Graves  in 1995

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In my blog, I juxtapose examples of projects without the intention to insinuate that one architect copied from another, but rather to spur a dialog among architects.

The goal is to encourage an architectural planning process that I like to call Conscious Inspiration. 

I am obviously not the first to consider this approach:

Le Corbusier mentions in one of his books that his sources of inspiration for the Cathedral of Ron Champ was Villa Adriana at Tivoli. The French architect  Emile Aillaud describes in his writings that his source of inspiration for 3 office buildings in LA Defense (near Paris) was the Piazza Dei Miracoli  with the Tower of Pisa. Louis Kahan eventually got his inspiration  to design the  Hurva Synagogue from the Temple of Solomon in Jerusalem, and Tadao Ando traveled all over Europe to get inspired by existing buildings as a way to train  him self to become an architect..


So far, I have only scratched the surface of this concept, and I am in the beginning of this journey. I believe the journey itself may lead us architects to a more rigorous architectural planning.


Eli Inbar


Chicago Tribune tower Competition, 1922 and the “Conscious Inspiration Chain”

Posted in buildings, public buildings with tags , , , , , , , , on May 6, 2011 by eliinbar

From  eliinbar’s Sketchbook , the “Conscious Inspiration Chain”

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

On June 10, 1922, the Chicago Tribune hosted an international design competition for its new headquarters, and offered $100,000 in prize money with a $50,000 1st prize for “the most beautiful and distinctive office building in the world“. The competition worked brilliantly for months as a publicity stunt, and the resulting entries still reveal a unique turning point in American architectural history. More than 260 entries were received.

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Adolf Loos and Walter Gropius / Adolf Meyer

participate in the competition, but did not win.

Their admissions, without doubt, are the sources of inspiration for generations of architects.

Loos proposal is a classical example Of the Postmodernism Style, characteristic of the 80’s, And Gropius proposal is an Initial sample for the Modernist and Bauhaus Style.( dominant pattern , individual office windows; Horizontal projections)

Adolf Loos architect

   Chicago Tribune Competition entry , 1922

Walter Gropius / Adolf Meyer architects  

Chicago Tribune Competition entry, 1922

eliinbar Sketches 2011  the Chicago Tribune tower Competition, 1922  “Conscious Inspiration Chain”

I am preparing a“Conscious Inspiration Chain” for the Chicago Tribune Competition,

And I’m Searching for buildings that are inspired by the design of Loos and Gropius.
Please send your recommendations to my face book page “Conscious Inspiration”’ or Send a Comment.


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I.M. Pei and The “conscious inspiration chain” 4

Posted in buildings, public buildings with tags , , , on May 3, 2011 by eliinbar

From eliinbar’s sketchbook  “Conscious Inspiration Chain” 4


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


Look what I found today in the WEB ….

A design for an office tower in  New York (1956) by I.M.Pei (the architect of the Louvre Museum Pyramid In Paris)

I.M Pei Architect 

 Office Tower at Grand Central 

 (Competition)New York, 1956

Leonidov (architect)

Proposed “Ministry of Heavy Industry” (1934)

eliinbar Sketches 2011 the Conscious Inspiration Chain 4

Is this design is another link in the “Conscious inspiration Chain”?

To see the previous links in the chain, you are invited to visit my post.

More information about The “Conscious Inspiration Chain”

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Leonidov & Morphosis the “Conscious Inspiration Chain” 3

Posted in buildings, public buildings with tags , , , , , on April 30, 2011 by eliinbar

from eliinbar’s Sketchbook 2011 the “Conscious Inspiration Chain”

The natural development of Architecture design is based on inspiration techniques that I like to call “Conscious Inspiration”..

In this post the machine form of the Industrial structures, typical in the Oil refinery enterprises, I guess, is the inspiration source for Leonidov and Morphosis…..

Industrial structures

 typical in the Oil refinery Enterprises

Was built in the thirties

Leonidov’s (architect)

Proposed “Ministry of Heavy Industry” (1934)

Picture from the “The Charnel-house Blog “ by Ross Wolfe

Is it a coincidence that Leonidov choose the image of this Industrial structure for the Ministry of Heavy Industry?   I  guess not….

Morphosis Architects  The Phare Tower La Defense business district Paris,France  2006

eliinbar’s sketches 2011 The ”Conscious Inspiration Chain”

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Kenzo Tange & Rem Koolhaas/OMA The”Conscious Inspiration Chain”

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

eliinbar’s sketchbook 2011 The” Conscious Inspiration Chain”

Here is another post exemplifying Le Corbusier  as the source of inspiration for generations of architects….

Le Corbusier’s Sketch for “La Ville Radieus(“Radiant City”1924)

Kenzo Tange , (1913- 2005)  winner of the 1987 Pritzker Prize for architecture. He was one of the most significant architects of the 20th century, combining traditional Japanese styles with modernism,. Tange was also an influential protagonist of the structuralist movement. He said: “It was, I believe, around 1959 or at the beginning of the sixties that I began to think about what I was later to call structuralism“, (cited in Plan 2/1982,Amsterdam).

Influenced from an early age by the Swiss modernist, Le Corbusier, in the late 1950s he steered the group towards the movement that became Metabolism.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Kenzo Tange Architect

commercial building  Tokyo,Japan

 Completion date: 1967

Rem Koolhaas/OMA

Singapore skyscraper (Singapore’s floating towers)

 Published   March 2007

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Le Corbusier  –  La “Ville Radieuse” NOW!!

Le Corbusier – “ville Radieuse” 2 – Not So Conscious Inspiration

The “Conscious Inspiration Chain” strikes again

Posted in buildings, public buildings with tags , , , , , , , , on April 8, 2011 by eliinbar
In a previous post, I shared a rare picture of Le Corbusier’s building.
A View to the upper floor balcony of the Unité d ‘ Habitation Rezé ,Nantes, France, built from 1952 to 1954.
Le Corbusier Architect
Unité d ‘ Habitation Rezé
,Nantes, France built from 1952 to 1954
SANAA Architects
Zollverein School of Management & Design
Essen ,Germany 2003-2006
Here is another joint in the”Conscious Inspiration Chain”’
Another building that deal with “transparency in a concrete structure”       
Henning Larsen Architects + White Arkitekter
Umeå School of Architecture
Sweden Project year: 2007 – 2010
“The intention has been to design an open, robust study environment where each student feels part of the creative study community. The open layout and informal meeting places create a light and laboratory-like atmosphere supporting idea development and creative work processes.”
Architect Per Ebbe Hansson, Henning Larsen Architects    
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The “Conscious Inspiration Chain”

Posted in buildings with tags , , , , , , , , on March 28, 2011 by eliinbar

Kormeling’s “Starting Tower” is maybe the inspiration source for Herzog de Meuron and other talented architects

(You are invited to visit my previous Post)

Kormeling Architect / Artist

Starting Tower

Slochteren ,  Netherland   1992

What was Kormeling inspiration Source?

Was it Hedjuk’s “wall House”?

John Hejduk Wall House

designed between 1967 and 1973,

built  in Groningen, The Netherlands 2000-2001

And what was Hedjuk’s inspiration Source?

Was it Le Corbusier’s  La Tourette?

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