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Zaha Hadid and the “Mechanics of Inspiration”

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

From  Eliinbar’s sketchbook 2012  Zaha Hadid-“Mechanics of Inspiration

Inspiration sketch Gallery (ISG) by Eli Inbar

In my blog I Often traces Zaha hadid’s Inspiration Sources.

In this post I propose to define three groups of Zaha hadid‘s projects.

Each group of buildings has its unique inspiration characteristics.

1.   The Contemporary organic Style –  Inspired by characterized forms occurring in nature

 Zaha Hadid Architects

Abu Dhabi Performing Arts Centre

Published February 2007  in Dezeen

Zahah Hadid’s description for the Abu Dhabi Performing Arts Centre: “a sculptural form that emerges from a linear intersection of pedestrian paths within the cultural district, gradually developing into a growing organism that sprouts a network of successive branches”.

Hector Guimard ‘s  typical art nouveaudetail

In aParisian Metro stationentrance

(Pct. from Flicker)

Note that the  art nouveau style is characterized by forms occurring in nature

Note the morphological similarities between Zaha Hadid’s organic Configuration of the Abu Dhabi Performing  Arts Centre and the art nouveau detail In aParisian Metro stationentrance.

2. geometric abstract Style – Inspired by Kazimir Malevich  geometric abstract art

Zaha  Hadid Architect

Contemporary Arts Center (CAC)

Cincinnati, Ohio  2001-2003

 Kazimir Malevich  (1879- 1935)

geometric abstract art and

 Avant-garde  Supermatism

Note the morphological similarities between Zaha Hadid’s Contemporary Arts Center building and the Kazimir Malevich’s painting
A Three-dimensional horizontal composition of trapezoids

3.  Plastelina Style

Zaha hadid Architect

Nuragic and ContemporanyArt Museum

Cagliari, Italy Published 2006 

You are invited to visit my relevant posts:

Zaha Hadid & “Plastelina Buildings”

What is Zaha Hadid’s ultimate “Inspirational Building”.?

Zaha Hadid & Grimshaw Architects, wrapped softly….

Zaha Hadid’s Imaginary Inspiration Source?


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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

Zaha Hadid’s Imaginary Inspiration Source?

Posted in buildings, public buildings with tags , , , , , , on November 17, 2011 by eliinbar

Can an Architectural drawing of a building-cross-section, be an Inspiration Source for a talent architect?

Recently I found  a sketch of an architectural-cross-section scribbled  by Le Corbusier in 1927, for an urban Villa.

  Le Corbusier’s

cross-section sketch for an urban Villa


Zaha Hadid Architect

Contemporary Arts Center

Cincinnati Ohio USA  2001-2003

Is Le Corbusier’s cross-section, the inspiration Source for the Contemporary Arts Center designed by Zaha Hadid in Cincinnati?

The first museum designed by a woman architect in the U.S.

Zaha Hadid’s cross-section

for the Contemporary Arts Center in Cincinnati


Eliinbar sketches 2011   Zaha Hadid’s Inspiration Sources?

 Note the following similar characteristics:

1. The unique morphology of the curve at the junction between wall and floor in the lower left of the sketch.

2. Clear division into two parts. Open vertical space with stairs and closed horizontal spaces.

3. The closed spaces are characterized by shifting relation to each other. Open spaces are obtained by the steps.

For you to judge….


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