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Le Corbusier Is probably the “Conscious Inspiration” Father, but without doubt, Rem Koolhaas is the Contemporary Inspiration Source for leading architects

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Eliinbar’s Sketchbook 2014 ,Rem Koolhaas and SANAA Typology of a Shifted Buildings

From Eliinbar’s Sketchbook 2014– Rem Koolhaas and SANAA Typology of a Shifted Buildings


After a long break, I’m back.. Business as usual .. Nothing new under the sun.

Today’s post will be the first of a series, inquiring whether one of the leading architectural firms in the world, office of Architecture OMA led by Rem Koolhaas, is a popular Inspiration Sources among leading architects today.

Each post will introduce a building designed by  Rem Koolhaas . I will identify the building main configuration, and its origins. Then I will unfold some buildings, we can identify characteristics indicating they were influenced  by Rem Koolhaas   .

In other words,  Rem Koolhaas’s  buildings, most likely were their Inspiration Source

The Inspiration Source

This is the new De Rotterdam complex a “vertical city” in Rotterdam completed in 2013

Designed By office of Architecture OMA led by Rem Koolhaas

Commission 1997, groundbreaking December 2009, completion November 2013


  Rem Koolhaas’s quote published in DEZEEN :

a building that consists of separate volumes that were slightly shifted vis-a-vis each other

The main configuration

 Here is a sketch I made, that explains the principles of the typology of a Shifted Buildings

Typology of a Shifted Buildings

The origins

 And this building  is Frank Lloyd Wright’s “Falling Water” built in the USA in 1934 . this building is probably one of the known examples of  Shifted Buildings.

 Frank Loyd  Whrite's “Falling Water”

 Frank Lloyd Wright- “Falling Water”

Plans, sections and elevations

Frank Loyd  Whrite's “Falling Water”  Plans, sections and elevations

 Note that the principle of shifting is expressed in plans, sections and elevations

Conscious Inspiration today

This is a Museum built lately in NewYork City,designed by Tokyo-based architects Kazuyo Sejima and Ryue Nishizawa.

 Kazuyo Sejima and Ryue Nishizawa are partners in the Japanese architectural firm SANAA.

 SANAA has won the 2010 Pritzker Architecture Prize, the profession’s highest honor.

SANAA received the commission of this Museum in 2002 and completion was in 2007


SANAA‘s Museum is a multi purpose buildings with an ambitious program a dramatic stack of seven rectangular boxes.

The following video explains well the museum main configuration

Of shifted boxes.

What do the architects have to say?

This is how Rem koolhaas describes the main  configuration of the De Rotterdam complex: “a building that consists of separate volumes that were slightly shifted vis-a-vis each other



And this is SANAA’s description for the  museum in New York: “We knew we could not maximize the entire site with solid architecture, we had to reduce the building’s mass somehow to create space between it and the perimeter. The solution of the shifted boxes arrived quickly”.

From New Building Museume



Notice that Rem Koolhaas and SANAA are using the same basic notions to describe their buildings: “shifted volumes / boxes“.

Eliinbar’s Sketchbook 2014 ,Rem Koolhaas and SANAA Typology of a Shifted Buildings

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Here are some more contemporary buildings,designed by the same principle of SHIFTING TYPOLOGY….OMA’s De Rotterdam complex most likely is their Inspiration Source

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-atelier- UID Architects      Osaka

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hamburg science centre  OMA


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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

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