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Toyo Ito – “Transparent inspiration”

Posted in public buildings with tags , , , , , , on March 2, 2011 by eliinbar

Here is another interesting example of “Conscious Inspiration


Toyo Ito Architect 

 Sendai Mediatheque  –  External view

  Japan 2001 

Toyo Ito Architect

  Sendai Mediatheque  – Inside view

 Japan 2001

lacoste + Stevenson architects 

Open competition for the university of technology sydney’s (UTS) podium extension.

External view

lacoste + stevenson architects

  Open competition for the university of technology sydney’s (UTS) podium extension

Inside view . March 2010, First Prize 

“Transparent Inspiration”  elinbar Sketches 2011

The “conscious inspiration” Signs 

1. Both buildings deal with Transparency. 

    Transparent Façade allow the revelation

    of diverse activities that occur within the building.

2. The buildings are designed in a unique simplicity of elements,

    Toyo Ito defines them as plates (floors) ,

    tubes (columns) and skin (facade/exterior walls).

3. The buildings open floor-plates ensuring maximum flexibility

    of use and the continuous  activation of space. 

4. Significant source of inspiration

    for the vertical tube steel lattice columns

    that rise up from ground floor to roof,

    are tree trunks in a forest.


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Conscious Inspiration “Facades”

Posted in buildings, public buildings with tags , , , , , , , , on February 22, 2011 by eliinbar

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

In this post I will try to distinguish and describe three common approaches to trendy design of buildings envelopes.

In my future posts I will demonstrate and explain with the ad of the “Conscious Inspiration signs” the different trendy approaches to design buildings envelopes.


The “Origami Facades”

Chapel in Villeaceron 


The “Homeless Facades”

Herzog de Meuron Architects

model of a private house


The “Multi layers Facades” 

Lyons Architects

Corner Liverpool and Campbell Streets

Hobart, Tasmania, Australia


Trendy Buildings envelopes  – from eliinbar’s sketchbook 2011


More information about “trendy envelopes

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Le Corbusier & Steven Holl ” Past Continuous Inspiration” 2

Posted in buildings, public buildings with tags , , , , , , on February 15, 2011 by eliinbar

Inspiration sketch Gallery (ISG) by Eli Inbar

Recently I visited the  Le Corbusier foundation site
It shows all the projects planned and carried out by Le Corbusier

I came across two interesting examples of “Conscious Inspiration” 

The First one you can see in my previous Post

The foundation WEB page:


Here is the second example of “Past Continuous Inspiration”:


Le Corbusier Architect

Building of the lock-Kemps Infer

 located between Basel and Mulhouse on the Canal du Rhône, France, 1960



Steven Holl Architect   

 Toolenburg-Zuid housing complex Schiphol Netherlands

Competition Project  2001-2002


from eliinbar’s Sketch book 2011

The “conscious inspiration” Signs:

1. Both buildings deal with the proportions of a tower

2. Significant source of inspiration is the tree structure (“trunk” and “branches”)

3. The shell of the buildings (walls and floors) takes an expression on the facade.

4. The openings in the shell (Windows) are from “skin” to “skin”





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Le Corbusier & Herzog de Meuron “Past continuous” Inspiration

Posted in buildings, public buildings with tags , , , , , , , on February 13, 2011 by eliinbar

I  recently visited Le Corbusier foundation site
It shows all the projects planned and carried out by Le Corbusier.

I came across two interesting examples of “Conscious Inspiration” 

The foundation WEB page:

I will show one example in this post  and
the second in the next…. 

Le Corbusier and  Pierre Jeanerette Architects  desigend for Nestlé an exhibition pavilion for removable Fair in Paris in 1928. Pierre Jeanneret is mainly in charge of this study and adopts a metal frame covered with sheet metal. The facades and interiors are plate glass or wood sanded.

Le Corbusier Pierre Jeanerette Architects

Nestlé Pavilion

Paris, France, 1927- 1928


The Ricola Europe SA Factory and Storage Building in Mulhouse-Brunstatt, France, of 1993 also has distinctive exterior walls that are made of translucent polycarbonate panels, a common industrial building material, which allows light to filter through. Using a silkscreen process, these panels are printed with a repetitive plant motif (based on a photograph by Karl Blossfeldt) that becomes less visible as daylight diminishes and assumes the characters of a more substantial material than polycarbonate.


Herzog & de Meuron Architects  the SA factorybuilding Ricola

with the “Auskragenden” cantilever roof slab and the” Transluzenten” front

  Brunstatt, France 1992-1994


from eliinbar’s sketchbook 2011 



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Oscar Niemeyer “Joyous inspiration curves” part two

Posted in public buildings with tags , , , , , on January 4, 2011 by eliinbar

See also the previous post….

and the post  “Buildings with three-dimensional floor“-

Oscar Niemeyer Architect

 University of Constantine auditorium

Algeria 1968


SANAA Architects

Rolex Learning Center

Lausanne, Switzerland 2004-2010


from eliinbar’s  sketchbook 2011 

Note the symilarity in the shape of the ceilings and The change in the foors…. 

Oscar Niemeyer “Joyous inspiration curves” part one

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

Oscar Ribeiro de Almeida Niemeyer Soares Filho (born December 15, 1907) is a Brazilian architect specializing in international modern architecture. He is a pioneer in exploring the formal possibilities of reinforced concrete solely for their aesthetic impact.

His buildings are often characterized by being spacious and exposed, mixing volumes and empty space to create unconventional patterns and often propped up by pilotis. Both lauded and criticized for being a “sculptor of monuments”, he has been praised for being a great artist and one of the greatest architects of his generationby his supporters.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia


Oscar Niemeyers’  quotes:

1.  “Curves attracted me, especially free and sensual ones that evoked memories of old baroque churches. A curve is a beautiful line, logical and gracious, but only if it is well structured and drawn”.

2.” It is not the right angle that attracts me, nor the straight line, hard and inflexible, created by man. What attracts me is the free and sensual curve — the curve that I find in the mountains of my country, in the sinuous course of its rivers, in the body of the beloved woman”.

3.” When planning the government buildings for Brasilia I decided they should be characterized by their own structures within the prescribed shapes.  In this way, the smaller details of rationalist architecture would vanish in the face of the overpowering shapes of the new edifices.
I tried to push the potential of concrete to its limits, especially at the load-bearing points which I wanted to be as delicate as possible so that it would seem as if the palaces barely touched the

Oscar Niemeyer Architect

 Casa do Baile  dancehall and restaurant

Pampulha, Brazil  1940

Oscar Niemeyer about Casa Do Baile : “It all began with my first thoughts on Panpulha.  I consciously ignored the highly praised right angle and the rational architecture of T-squares and triangles in order to wholeheartedly enter the world of curves and new shapes made possible by the introduction of concrete into the building process”.


SANAA – kazuyo Sejima & associates

 civic center of Onishi

 Gumma, Japan 2003-05 

quotes from a conversation with SANAA: 

is there any architects and/or designer from the
past you appreciate a lot?

s: a lot.
n: le corbusier, mies van der rohe, Oscar Niemeyer
these are an unforgetable ‘trio’ for me.

describe your style, like a good friend of yours
would describe it

n: coherant, consistant, always doing the same thing.
one of our contants big concerns is how
to create a
relation between the inside and outside, this is very
important for us to think about.
s: and also proportion. I mean not ‘good proportion’ but
the size and if it fits into that area.
when we use glass or a screen or a concrete wall,
this depends mostly on the area.

Oscar Niemeyer & SANAA  from eliinbar’s  sketchbook 2011


Geronimo ….thanks for the opportunity to learn  a  fascinating  example of “Conscious Inspiration”..….