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Bjarke Ingels ,Zaha Hadid and SANAA are getting inspired Consciously from Steven Holl’s “Sponge Concept”.

Posted in buildings, public buildings with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 20, 2012 by eliinbar

From  eliinbar’s sketch book 2010 – The evolution of the Steven Holl’s “Sponge Concept”

Somewhere in the 90’, Steven Holl studied a new morphological design notion…..The “Menger Sponge” 

The next image is a concept model showing the ““Menger Sponge

And this is  Steven Holl’s  Sarphatistraat offices

Steven Holl Architects

 Sarphatistraat offices

Amsterdam, The Netherlands  1996 – 2000

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It seems as if  Steven Holl’s exterior design, was inspired by the “Menger sponge”….Notice the largest square openings in the center of each facade.

One Year later Steven Holl designed the Simmons Hall and implemented his “Sponge Concept” design strategy ….

Steven Holl’s Sketch showing a typical Simmons hall’s vertical section 1999-2002

Note the vertical shapeless spaces in Steven Holl’s sketch, colored in white.

A reasonable assumption ….Steve Holl’s inspiration source is

The unique structure of a “sponge”

And the next image, is Steven Holl‘s Simmons hall in MIT Cambridge USA 1999-2002

Notice the inspiration effect of the “Menger Sponge” on Steven Holl’s Facades..

Notice also the external expression of the “sponge Concept “…. the “amoeba shaped” openings.


Two years later Steven Holl designed a building for Nanning ,China  and once more he implements the “Sponge Concept” design strategy ….

Steven Holl Architect

Sketch for Nanning 2002

Well ….is this a “Sponge Building” or not?

And this is Zaha Hadid’s King Abdullah II House of Culture and Art , inspired by the “Sponge Concept”design strategy

Zaha Hadid  Architect

King Abdullah II House of Culture and Art

Amman 2010

And this is Bjarke Ingels’s Ted Building , inspired by the “Sponge Concept” design strategy

Bjarke Ingels Architect (BIG)

Ted Building

Taiwan – Competition  2010

  eliinbar’s sketch 2010 – getting inspired consciously ……..from Steven Holl’s  “Sponge Concept”.

This is the last building…….. but it’s not the end of the list

What do you say about the Rolex Learning Center designed by SANAA Architects ….Is it another building inspired by the “Sponge Concept” design strategy?

SANAA  Architects

Rolex Learning Center

Lausanne, Switzerland 2004-2010

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Zaha hadid and Le Corbusier ….Playing musical chairs….

Posted in buildings, public buildings with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on July 30, 2012 by eliinbar

From Eliinbar’s Sketch book 2012 – Zaha hadid and Le Corbusier Playing musical chairs

Le Corbusier wrote in his book “Towards an Architecture” in 1923 : ”Architecture is not making any Longer simple shapes


Twenty seven years later Le Corbusier designed Notre Dame du Haut chapel. A Floor plan that is characterized by complex shapes ….a style identified today with Zaha Hadid’s Architecture…..

 Le Corbusier

Notre Dame du Haut chapel’s floor plan

France 1950-54

And this is a  Zaha hadid’s  typical floor plan … Note the morphological similarity to le Corbusier’s Notre Dame du Haut chapel floor plan.

Zaha Hadid  Architects

Regium Waterfront Development a museum and a multifunctional building for performing arts

 in Reggio Calabria, southern Italy 2007-2015

From Eliinbar’s sketch book 2012-Zaha hadid & Le Corbusier  morphological similarity = “Conscious Inspiration”

Forty years later Zaha hadid designs the Aquatics Centre for 2012 Summer Olympics  in London

Zaha hadid architects

Aquatics Centre for 2012 Summer Olympics

 London  England  2011

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Notice the Aquatics Centre’s roof …It is supported by concrete columns that make it appear to float above the rest of the space

And this is the roof designed by Le Corbusier for the Notre Dame du Haut chapel

Le Corbusier

Notre Dame du Haut chapel

France 1950-54

Notice the structural design of the roof was inspired by the engineering of airfoils.

The building’s roof is supported by concrete columns that make it appear to float above the rest of the space

From Eliinbar’s  Sketch book 2012 Zaha hadid & Le corbusier  morphological similarity= “Conscious Inspiration”


Zaha Hadid’s Aquatics Centre roof…. under construction

Notice the Aquatics Centre’s roof …It is supported by concrete columns that make it appear to float above the rest of the space.

Villa Adriana  was the Source of  inspiration for le corbusier,when he designed  the RonChamp Chapel  in 1950.

And the next image, are le Corbusier’s sketches from Villa Adriana

Probably Zaha Hadid’s inspiration source for the Aquatics Centre for 2012 Summer Olympics London , is  Le Corbusier’s RonChamp ,Chapel roof.

Each generation and its inspiration sources

The principle is the same…. talented architects of all times are not intimidated to get inspired from relevant buildings.

Here are two relevant examples ,of talented architects that are inspired from Le Corbusier’s RonChamp Chapel – roof. … For you to judge

The next image is Louis Kahn’s  First Unitarian Church  roof designed and built  1959-1969,  inspired from Le corbusier’s  Ron Champ Chapel .


 eliinbar Sketches 2010  Louis Kahn First Unitarian Church and Le corbusier’s Ron Champ Chapel roof

More information about Louis Kahn’s First Unitarian Church roof, you are invited to visit my post:  Le Corbusier Ronchamp Chapel  ” Sacred Inspiration” 2

And this is Rafael Moneo’s “Our Lady of the Angels” Cathedral  ,designed and built  1996-2002 , inspired from Le corbusier’s Ron Champ Chapel roof.

 eliinbar Sketches 2010  Moneo’s “Our Lady of the Angels” Cathedral

More information about Rafael Moneo’s “Our Lady of the Angels” Cathedral  in Los Angeles , you are invited to visit my post: Le Corbusier Ronchamp Chapel “Sacred Inspiraion”


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Bjarke Ingels Group – BIG…. “Pragmatic utopian architecture or “Conscious Inspiration” Architecture

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Bjarke Ingels is a another successful graduate from Rem Koolhaas’s school ,the Office of Metropolitan Architecture ,OMA.

BIG ( Bjarke Ingels Groop) is a appreciated  firm that wins architecture competitions, on a regular base, all over the world.

Bjarke Ingels Design philosophy is very pragmatic:

Architecture has been dominated by two opposing extremes Eccentric curiosities” andboring boxes

Bjarke Ingels believes that there is a “third way” a “pragmatic utopian architecture”or as I understand it “Conscious Inspiration Architecture

In This post I will try to demonstrate why I think  BIG’s architecture is based on the principles of “conscious inspiration

1. Le Corbusier’s “raising Ramp”

BiG’s Cultural Center in Denmark

From  eliinbar’s sketchbook 2012

You are invited to visit my recent and relevant posts dealing with Le Corbusier’sraising Ramp-trend

2. “Extrovert inspiration”

BIG‘s Musée National des Beaux-Arts du Québec

eliinbar sketches 2010  “Extrovert inspiration”

You are invited to visit my recent and relevant posts dealing withExtrovert inspiration

3. “The slice effect”

BIG’s TEK Cube Building in Taiwan   2010

Zaha Hadid Architect

Performing arts centre Hague

The Netherlands Published  2010

You are invited to visit my recent and relevant posts dealing with theThe slice effect

4.“The Crystal Buildings”

Big’s Tallinn’s new City Hall Estonia 2009

From eliinbar’s sketchbook 2011, “TheCrystal Buildings”

You are invited to visit my recent and relevant posts dealing with Daniel Libeskind’s “Crystal Buildings

5.“The Green Lego Towers”

BIG’s Lego Towers 2007

 MVRDV – Dwellings Liuzhou, China 2007

What did I learned from this post?

1.“conscious inspiration” is a pragmatic method that can lead us architects to be a successful firm.

2. “Eccentric curiosities” andboring boxesis out pragmatic utopian architectureis In.

3.pragmatic utopian architectureis designing according to the principles of The “conscious Inspiration Method”….with the  methodology of “conscious Inspiration we don’t need to be intimidated to get inspired from relevant buildings.  Once we develop our toolsit will lead us to high quality and creative architecture”.

A warm recommendation…. Locate  presentations showing  BIG’s Planning process (tools) in YouTube

Here is one I like ….



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Gaudi & J. Mayer H. ” Conscious Inspiration”

Posted in buildings with tags , , , , on May 17, 2011 by eliinbar

Mayer is a prominent architect that makes its way up. A building, designed by Mayer, was published on a post of mine. about Gaudi.

Antoni Gaudi  

 Casa Mila’  Apartment building

 Barcelona  1905-1912

J. Mayer Architects 

 JOH3 apartments

Berlin ,pulished  2010



eliinbar Sketches 2010 Conscious Inspiration


Mayer applies the principles of “Conscious Inspiration 

I will illustrate it in the coming future posts.

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


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In my blog, I juxtapose examples of projects without the intention to insinuate that one architect copied from another, but rather to spur a dialog among architects.

The goal is to encourage an architectural planning process that I like to call Conscious Inspiration

I am obviously not the first to consider this approach:

Le Corbusier mentions in one of his books that his sources of inspiration for the Cathedral of Ron Champ was Villa Adriana at Tivoli. The French architect  Emile Aillaud describes in his writings that his source of inspiration for 3 office buildings in LA Defense (near Paris) was the Piazza Dei Miracoli  with the Tower of Pisa. Louis Kahan eventually got his inspiration  to design the  Hurva Synagogue from the Temple of Solomon in Jerusalem, and Tadao Ando traveled all over Europe to get inspired by existing buildings as a way to train  him self to become an architect..

So far, I have only scratched the surface of this concept, and I am in the beginning of this journey. I believe the journey itself may lead us architects to a more rigorous architectural planning.


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SANAA – Inspired by a hole in a facade?

Posted in buildings, public buildings with tags , , , , , on December 7, 2010 by eliinbar

Preston Scott Cohen is a Boston based designer and the Gerald M. McCue Professor in Architecture at Harvard Graduate School of Design (GSD).

He is the winner of the Herta and Paul Amir Competition  ( 2004 )  to design a new building for the Tel Aviv Museum of Art  and  the winner of the competition to built  the Taiyuan Museum of Art .

 Preston Scott Cohen Architect


 Pine Plains, NY , USA  2001-2004


SANAA (Sejima and Nishizawa and Associates) is an architectural firm based in Tokyo. It was founded in 1995 by Kazuyo Sejima and Ryue Nishizawa. In 2010, Sejima and Nishizawa were awarded the Pritzker Prize, architecture’s highest honor.

SANAA Architects

Zollverein School of Management & Design

Essen ,Germany 2003-2006 




The Zollverein School of Management & Design, inaugurated on July 31, 2006, is the first new building on the historical coal-mining Zollverein site; declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 2001. 

SANAA on the Zollverein School:

1.“Our aim was to achieve transparency in the concrete structure.”
2.“We have made many big openings in the facades to create different daylight situations inside the building. The position of the windows are defined by the interior programs. By varying the ceiling heights each floor has a very different atmosphere.”


Preston Scott Cohen on the Goodman House:

A curtain wall with irregularity distributed windows wraps the peripheral steel frame. It is if nostalgia caused the emergence of a modernist paradigm of construction more fitting to a commercial building than to a house

Is this another example of “Conscious Inspiration”?

Extrovert inspiration

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 4, 2010 by eliinbar

 Inspiration sketch Gallery (ISG) by Eli Inbar

Le Corbusiers’ quote defining ,what is a house : A house is a machine for living in….

Recently I came across a number of public buildings that Invite  the  public to climb on  them ….

Pyramid  El Castillo in Chichen Itzan  Mexico was built between 9th and 12th centuries by the pre-Colombian Maya ,and is designed to allow the public to get on it….


Maybe   El Castillo pyramid  was the source of inspiration for some recent designed buildings….


Snohetta Architects

 Oslo Opera House

 Norway 2003-2007


Polish Pavilion

 Shanghai Expo 2010


Danish Pavilion

Shanghai Expo 2010


Barnaskoni Architect

 Perm Museum

 Perm Russia competition winners 2010 




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Le Corbusier Ronchamp Chapel ” Sacred Inspiration” 2

Posted in public buildings with tags , , , , , , , , on December 1, 2010 by eliinbar

Louis Kahn Architect

First Unitarian Church and School

Rochester  NY  1959-1969

Louis Kahn   Designed an built the First Unitarian Church and School  in Rochester NY from 1959  to 1969 

Kahn’s  earliest known sketches show that he was working with a centralized concept.

His Desire was to create a single unified structure appropriate to Unitarianism…. 

Another influence of past solutions to church planning was Rudolf Wittkower’s Architectural Principles in the age of Humanism which illustrated centrally planned Renaissance churches. 

Did Ronchamp chapel was another source of inspiration for Louis Kahn?

Note  the concrete heavy flouting roof  and the distribution of the indirect day light coming from hidden windows.


Louis Kahn First Unitarian Church  eliinbar Sketches 2010


 Le Corbusier Ronchamp Chapel eliinbar Sketches 2010


 Rafael Moneo Lady of the Angels Cathedral eliinbar Sketches 2010


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Le Corbusier Ronchamp Chapel “Sacred Inspiraion”

Posted in public buildings with tags , , , , , , on November 28, 2010 by eliinbar

Here is another example of “conscious inspiration”….

Relevant citations of Corbusier:

Space and light and order. Those are the things that men need just as much as they need bread or a place to sleep.

Our eyes are made to see forms in light; light and shade reveal these forms; cubes, cones, spheres, cylinders or pyramids are the great primary forms which light reveals to advantage.

Architecture is the masterly, correct and magnificent play of masses brought together in light.

Le Corbusier Architect

Ronchamp Chapel

Notre Dame Du Haut France 1950-54


Rafael Moneo Architect

Our Lady of the Angels Cathedral

Los Angeles California USA 1996-2002


Moneo Is inspired  by  Le Corbusiers’ Ron champ Chapel And design a masterpiece cathedral in los Angeles . ” It was the human hand which affirmed the space as sacred, a physical act in a spiritual space”….

Moneo Is inspired  by  Le Corbusiers’ Ron champ Chapel….  and that is Conscious Inspiration”….

Le Corbusier-Ronchamp Chapel “Conscious Inspiration” 2

Posted in buildings, public buildings with tags , , , , , , , on November 24, 2010 by eliinbar

Corbusier designed and built the Ronchamp Chapel from 1950 to 1954.

Since then the chapel is a source of inspiration for talented architects.

Here  is another example of Conscious Inspiration….

I can Predict that the Mansilla & Tunon’s Concert Hall was the PRATICAL and TYPOLOGICAL  inspiration for WRNS STUDIO.

The AVALABILITY of architecture INFORMATION is an important  “woorking – tool“.

It helps us to impliment the principles of “Conscious Inspiration”.

Le Corbusier Architect

 Ronchamp Chapel

Notre Dame du Haut,  France 1950-1954


Mansilla & Tunon Architects

Concert Hall Leon spain 2003


WRNS Studio

Parking Structure

 San Francisco USA 2009


REX Architects & ” Conscious Inspiration”

Posted in buildings, public buildings with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on November 13, 2010 by eliinbar

REX  architects office with Joshua Prince-Ramus as princial ,is one of the leading architects offices in recent years.

Here  are four projects designed by REX ,in the years Rem Koolhaas was still a partner And after….  and their inspiration sources..

For you to judge….

1.  enlightenment inspiration

Zumthor Architect

 Kunsthaus ( Art Museum )


REX Architects 

  Munch Museum

 Oslo _ Norway


From eliinbar’s sketchbook 2010 – enlightenment inspiration



2.  Wrap- Up Inspiration

Neutelings Riedijk Architect

 Mas Museum

REX architects

Kortrijk Library

Kortrijk – Belgium

From eliinbar’s sketchbook 2010 – Wrap- Up Inspiration




3. Typological Inspiration

REX architects _ Museum Plaza _ Louisville _ Kentuky _ USA

MVRDV Architects _ Mirador _ Sanchinarro _ Spain

From eliinbar’s sketchbook 2010  -Typological Inspiration




4.  Formal Inspiration

Le Corbusier

 Le palais du Gouverneur


 REX Architects

Vakko Fashion Center

And Power Media Center

From eliinbar’s sketchbook 2010 – Formal Inspiration



Two quotations from the REXs’ site, describing the firm’s Approach :

1. Architects have retreated from the accountability (and productivity) of Master Builders to the safety (and impotence) of stylists.

2. The media sells simple, catchy ideas; it reduces teams to individuals and their collaborative work to genius sketches. The proliferation of this false notion of “starchitecture” diminishes the real teamwork that drives celebrated architecture.

 Very exciting …. REX Describe two of the reasons why I suggest to implement “Conscious Inspiration”….

 Availability of the “ architecture  information” probably affects the planning processes and thinking of the modern architecture  Office. I hope the planning process that I like to call “Conscious Inspiration” Will give architects the tools to cope with the abundance of information, and  Create quality and creative architecture….

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