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

Posted in buildings, public buildings with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on January 9, 2012 by eliinbar

Are  Iakov Chernikhov’s, constructivist designs, the Inspiration Sources for two of the leading deconstructivist architects of the 21 century?

Iakov Chernikhov was a constructivist architect and graphic designer. He lived from 1889 to 1951.

He published books with his innovative constructivist architectural design in Leningrad between 1927 and 1933  (See the pictures below)

For you to judge….

Iakov Chernikhov constructivist architect and graphic designer

Architectural design

 published between 1927 and 1933

Daniel Libeskind Architect

 Royal Ontario Museum

competition:2002-completion: 2007

Iakov Chernikhov constructivist architect and graphic designer

 Architectural design

published between 1927 and 1933

Architecture firm Coop Himmelb(l)au. founder, architect Wolf D. Prix

 ,Ohio, Akron

Akron Art Museum. 2007 

eliinbar Sketches 2012  Daniel Libeskind , Coop Himmelb(l)au & Iakov Georgievich Chernikhov 


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 relevant posts:

Architecture – The Sculpted decade  

Le Corbusier – five points of Architecture – the Japanese Conscious Inspiration interpretation                           …interpretation/

SANAA – Not So Conscious Inspiration…us-inspiration/

Kazuyo Sejima+Ryue Nishizawa = SANAA   Multiplying architecture Consciously = ”Conscious Inspiration”?- part two…tion”-part-two


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Architecture – The Sculpted decade

Posted in buildings, public buildings with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 4, 2012 by eliinbar

Eliinbar’s Sketchbook 2011 – Architecture – The Sculpted decade

New Year it is time for summations….

The last decade is by far the most sculptural decade in recent years.

Here is a brief overview of the typical types of sculptural

You are invited to add your own ideas…. 

In my next posts I will give a close look into the sources of inspiration of the various types of sculptural buildings.

“Plastelina sculpted buildings”

Zaha Hadid Architec with Patrik Schumacher

Cultural Centre and Opera House in Dubai

 published 2008

“wrapped Sculpted buildings”

Frank Gehry Architect

Experience Music Project, Seattle Center


”Materialistic sculpted buildings”

Thom Mayne Los Angeles firm Morphosis

 Sciences Building of Cooper Union college in

New York. 2009

“Prisma sculpted buildings”

architecture firm Coop Himmelb(l)au.

 founder, architect Wolf D. Prix

 Ohio, Akron  Akron Art Museum  2007

crystal Sculpted buildings” 

Daniel Libeskind Architect

Royal Ontario Museum

 competition:2002-completion: 2007

You are invited to visit my relevant posts:

Zaha Hadid & “Plastelina Buildings”

Learning from Frank Gehry ….Chapter 1 ,His Design Tools

Daniel Libeskind’s Inspiration Sources ; “The Crystal Buildings”…stal-buildings/


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Zaha Hadid and the “Sculpture Buildings Trend”

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

This post is about a contemporary trend ….buildings that get inspired from the three dimensional artwork…. Sculpture. 

Zaha Hadid Architect ,is in my opinion , leading the “Sculpted buildings trend, today .

In addition, I will show some interesting recent projects , dealing with the “Sculpted buildings trend”.



Sculpture is three-dimensional artwork created by shaping. Materials may be worked by removal such as carving; or they may be assembled such as by welding, hardened such as by firing, or molded or cast. Surface decoration such as paint may be applied.

Zaha Hadid Architect   

Guggenheim Hermitage

Vilnius, Lithuania , Competition 2008

Here’s some information from Zaha Hadid Architects about the Guggenheim Hermitage museum :

The museums sculptural volume is designed along Zaha Hadid’s characteristic conceptual terms of fluidity, velocity and lightness. The building appears like a mystical object floating above the extensive artificial landscape strip, seemingly defying gravity by exposing dramatic undercuts towards the surrounding entrance plazas. Large activated green fields flow around the museums sculptural mass, underlining its enigmatic presence with curvilinear lines echoing the elongated contours of the building. Contrasting with the vertical business district skyline it is a manifestation of Vilnius’ new cultural significance.

                            Coop Himmelb(l)au architects

Martin Luther Church

Hainburg, Austria  2008-2011

Here’s some information from Coop Himmelb(l)au about the Martin Luther Church :

The design language has been developed from the shape of the curved roof of a neighboring Romanesque ossuary – the geometry of this century-old building is translated into a form, in line with the times, via today’s digital instruments

Martin Luther Church inspiration sources and design  methodology.

Neighboring Romanesque ossuary picture  (top Left) and a today’s digital trendy sculptural interpretation (Lower right).

Here are some more  interesting recent projects , dealing with the “Sculpted buildings trend”:

SUS&HI office – Calcagno Littardi A.A. + Y.Park + A. Tomaiuolo Architects

“Organic Water Pavilion”-  public open space, Seoul

published 2011 


 Robert Bruno Architect

 “Steel House”, 2006

Sharn Architects 

 “Pixelated Skyscrape” Singapore

Published 03/2009

Eliinbar sketches 2011  “Sculpture Building Trend “


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