Archive for Conscious Inspiration

Zaha Hadid’s Complex Relations between “conscious inspiration” and the “arch motif”

Posted in buildings, public buildings with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 22, 2012 by eliinbar

From Eliinbar’s Sketch book 2012 – Zaha Hadid And The “Arch Motif”

Zaha Hadid is undoubtedly leading the architectural trend, I like to call “Plastelina Buildings“ .

you are invited to visit my Post Zaha Hadid & “Plastelina Buildings”.

Plastelina Buildings“ is a type of building difficult to detect  its inspiration sources.

In this post I will try to identify a Zaha Hadid‘s typical  inspiration source when she designs  “Plastelina Buildings“ .

There are a large number of well known public buildings that their main entrance is characterized by an arch….

The main entrance to the Petit Palais in Paris, shown in the image below, is a typical example

Now let’s examine Zaha Hadid’s entrance to the chengdu-contemporary-art-centre in China

shown in the image Below

Notice to the main entrance (center of the building) is emphasized by a dominant arch …. it is a similar designing approach we identified in the “Petit Palais”  in Paris

And now Observe the main entrance of the Nuragic and Contemporany Art Museum designed by Zaha Hadid , shown in the image Below.

It is also emphasized by an Impressive arch ….

And what about the Guggenheim-Hermitage-Museum arch,     designed by Zaha hadid?


And the Zaha Hadid’s Dubai-opera-house main entrance…

And The typical arched entrance of the Nordpark Cable Railway  designed by Zaha hadid

Another Arch entrance  designed by Zaha Hadid. In the Regium Waterfront project in Italy

My Meditation Corner:

How many times I got up in the morning and an Inspiring new building was in my mind?

Maybe twice….

How many times I found myself at midnight, digging in my favorite architecture books….to be inspired?

Much more….

I want to share with you a typical page from my Sketch book.

This page demonstrates my own conscious design process…. (Described on this page the design process of the entry level floor plan, of a public building)

This is my “tool “I developed over the years,  that helps me get inspired in a conscious way…. what is yours?


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Preston Scott Cohen and the “Origami Envelopes trend”

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

From Eliinbar’s Sketchbook 2012 – Preston Scott Cohen and the “Origami Envelopes trend”.

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

The construction of the new wing of the Tel Aviv Museum is finished.

I’m pleased to announce….Tel Aviv leads one of the hottest trends in architecture today….The “Origami Envelopes trend”.

Preston Scott Cohen Architect

Tel Aviv Museum


I am aware of Preston Scott Cohen’s unique architectural geometry approach, that gave rise to the “Origami envelopes trend” ….

Origami Swan

Notice the formal similarity between the Tel Aviv museum and the origami swan

1. Both were created from the practice of geometry.

2. Both “facades” are characterized by sharp lines.

3. Both are characterized by a shell composed of numerous straight surfaces.

4. It seems that the shell has also a constructive role (Actually in the museum a steel construction was covered by precast concrete slabs)


This blog focuses on the “sources of inspiration” of architects,

We are aware of the enormous architectural information we are exposed to in the web.

And as we found out…. it has big influence on us ….

Here is a partial selection of buildings  infected  from the “Origami Envelopes trend”. 

For you to judge ….

Taiyuan museum Preston Scott Cohen

You are invited to visit my recent and relevant posts deling with the“Origami envelopes trend”:


“Origami Envelopes” – Conscious Inspiration


Zaha Hadid – “Conscious Inspiration” 2


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Rem Koolhaas and the “Conscious Inspiration” issue….

Posted in buildings, public buildings with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 6, 2012 by eliinbar

from Eliinbar’s Sketchbook 2012  Rem Koolhaas’s and the “Conscious Inspiration” issue

Inspiration sketch Gallery (ISG) by Eli Inbar

Recently I found a Rem Koolhaas twitt  (16 Feb 09) related to the questions I raise in this blog….

Rem Koolhaas twitt: “Influence is a very unpleasant subject and I deal with it in a maybe irresponsible way, which is to really ignore it.”

Well….  Rem Koolhaas is no doubt one of the influential architects in our  time….

We learned in this blog that the notions “inspiration” and “copy- past”, In other words “Influence”…. are very delicate issues, we are obliged to recognize them and develop techniques to deal with them….

Probably you encountered in my blog ,  the Conscious Inspiration Method

A method that is aware of today availability of information…. and develop tools to help us architects and designers deal with it.

We don’t need to be intimidated to get inspired (influence) from relevant buildings.  Once we develop our tools, it will lead us to high quality and creative architecture.

The next image, is the Shenzhen Stock Exchange building in Shenzhen,China .Rem Koolhaas ( OMA) won a competition to design it in 2006, today the Shenzhen Stock Exchange is under construction.

Rem Koolhaas Architect (Office for Metropolitan Architecture – OMA)

won, the competition to design the Shenzhen Stock Exchange in Shenzhen

China. 2006,   published in Dezeen, Under  construction.

I can sagest some “Influencing’ buildings that
may be , are the inspiration sources for Rem Koolhaas.  

For you to Judge….

El Lissitzky’s proposed horizontal skyscraper 1923–1925

Tiblissi  Geórgia 1975

And for  desert….

What do you think about this building designed by Coop Himmelb(l)au  in Shenzhen, China ,  bublished in Dezeen in 2009?

Note that the Rem Koolhaas’s Shenzhen Stock Exchange  is on its left….

Coop Himmelb(l)au Architects

China Insurance Group headquarters , Shenzhen, China

 published in Dezeen in 2009

You are invited to visit my recent and relevant posts:

“Origami Envelopes” – Conscious Inspiration

Zaha Hadid’s  “floating Inspiration”

Steven Holl , El Lissitzky and the HORIZONTAL SKYSCRAPERS

“Conscious Inspiration”   the ultimate inspiration methodology

MVRDV’s “black cloud”, The image of the memory….


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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….

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 2, 2012 by eliinbar

Recently I had the occasion to visit with my younger son ,who is a big fond of cars…. the motor show in Geneva.

Here is a short story about “conscious Inspiration” in the motor industry…. 

The source of pride and identify in the car industry, is each firm unique front grill.

Most of you probably recognize the BMW’s cars front unique grill, shown in the picture below?

Here is a picture of the Aston Martin DB5 (1963) front grill. 


And this is ,Sean Connery, the known film actor ,next to the Aston Martin DB5 in the James Bond’s film Goldfinger, from 1964

James Bond’s movie ,Goldfinger, Made the Aston Martin DB5 famous and very much admired by James Bond’s fans and many others. 

Now 46 years later (2010) Aston Martin Presents the model of the new Aston Martin Rapide .shown in the next image


And this is the new design for the Ford‘s next-generation Mondeo 2013


Look at both cars front grill ….Do you see the not so “Conscious Inspiration effect”?

 Eliinbar sketches 2012 – Conscious Inspiration


And to make the story complete….,
Here are some more examples of cars who get their inspiration from the Aston Martin DB5 (1963

I call this inspiration phenomenon “Conscious inspiration Light”

Part of the pictures were taken with my Iphone, in the Geneva motor show

Peugeot 407-2004

 Audi A6 Latest Evolution Sedan Car-2012


Lexus LF-Gh concept

Ford  Fiesta 2012


Mini cooper 2012

 Hyundai ix35


Subaru B4 2013

Citroën Metropolis Concept


Lexus concept 2012

Eliinbar Sketches 2012 – “Conscious Inspiration light”



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No one escapes from Le Corbusier’s “raising Ramp-trend” Richard Meier , Oscar Niemeyer, Snohetta, Jean Nouvel ….

Posted in buildings, public buildings with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 29, 2012 by eliinbar

from  Eliinbar’s Sketchbook 2012- Le Corbusier’s “raising Ramp-trend”

Happy to be back after a long and challenging vacation….

In this post I will share with you a new “Conscious Inspiration” story….

The Story of the”Raising Ramp Trend”.

As always….
I’ll be brief in presenting the historical background of the “Raising Ramp
The Full story is complex and long….(I may write more about it in the book I will publish before my retirement….)

The “Raising Ramp” planning component highlighting the building’s entrance….
And suggests the main traffic strategy inside the building

The interesting and significant chapter in this story begins with a project designed by Le Corbusier in the sixties.

The Carpenter Center for Visual Arts built at 1963 in the Harvard University, shown in the image below.

Le Corbusier’s Carpenter Center forVisual Arts

Harvard University Cambridge

Massachusetts 1963

Richard Meier a contemporary recognized and influential Architect, frequently uses the principle of the ”Raising Ramp” in several of his buildings .

Le Corbusier unique style is recognized as Richard Meier ”inspiration sources”,  from the time Richard Meier was still part of a group called “The New York Five” in the seventies.

The High Museum of Art designed and built by Richard Meier  in 1983 shown in the image below,  is a relevant example.

Richard Meier Architect

High Museum of Art

Atlanta – Georgia , U.S  1983 

Architect Oscar Niemeyer of  Corbusier’s generation,  is still designing
contemporary architectural, using the principle of the “Raising Ramp

An example of this, see the image below of the Art  Museum Niterói designed by Oscar Niemeyer  in the nineties.

Oscar Niemeyer Architect

Contemporary Art Museum Niterói

Niterói, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, completed in 1996.

Another example from the beginning of the decade
Is a the Oslo Opera House designed by the Snohetta Architectural firm.

The unique design of the Oslo Opera House is a good example of implementing the principals of the “conscious inspiration method

Snohetta took the design principle of “Raising Ramp” a step forward….

They gave a new interpretation to the idea of of the “Raising Ramp

You are invited to visit my relevant post with more examples of the
buildings that Invite the public to climb on them

Snohetta Architects

Oslo Opera House


Finally, three buildings recently designed according to the “conscious inspiration principles” ….
they all implement , in a creative way, Le Corbusier’sRaising Ramp

Jean Nouvel  Architect

La Philharmonie de Paris

Designed for a Competition  2007 , now under construction

Note  the entrance ramp

C. F. Møller Architects

Children’s House

Odense Denmark    2010

gmp architekten

Hangzhou  south railway station

china ,competition: 2011–1st prize

More examples of the “raising Ramp-trend”will be published in my blog course of the weekend ..


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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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The New “Multi Style BuildingsTrend” – Herzog-De-Meuron & Jean Nouvel & Dominique Perrault & Massimiliano and Doriana Fuksas

Posted in buildings, public buildings with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 19, 2012 by eliinbar

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

From time to time I present in my blog new architectural trends.

This time, I recognize a new trend that I call it “Multiple style buildings”.

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.)

Recently were completed several buildings, designed by leading architects that are compatible with the new trend.

I wonder if in the near future we will meet more buildings designed like the new trend?

Are they going to look more like “Copy Paste design” or  they will be designed in accordance to the principles of “Conscious Inspiration” ?

Here are some recent examples of the new trend….

Jean Nouvel Architect

C1 tower  Boulogne-Billancourt

France 2008-2011

Herzog-de-Meuron  Architects

 Elbphilharmonie concert hall, which is currently under construction

 in Hamburg and due for completion in 2013


Massimiliano-Doriana-Fuksas Architects

 Lyon confluence-housing , Lyon

France 2011

 Dominique Perrault Architect

 ‘la liberte’ Apartment Building

 groningen, the netherlands 2011

You are invited to visit my previous posts dealing with architectural trends:

The “Homeless Roof”

MVRDV & Herzog de Meuron – The “Visual House “&”Balancing House”

Rem Koolhaas & MVRDV-“Conscious Inspiration” 5


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“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