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Frank Gehry & Steve Jobs, Do they have something in common?

Posted in buildings, public buildings with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on December 11, 2011 by eliinbar

Recently I read the Inspiring book by Walter Isaacson “Steve Jobs”.
I came across a Steve Jobs quoteEventually you should try to expose yourself to the best things
that people did
, then try to implement these things out of what you do I mean the saying of Picasso
Good artists copy, great artists stealAnd we never were ashamed to steal great ideas”

Here is a short clip …. Steve Jobs talks about getting great ideas: http://www.google.co.il/url?url=http://www.youtube.com/watch%3Fv%3DCW0DUg63lqU&rct=j&sa=X&ei=CdTjTp_MEIXBhAe-vu3tAQ&ved=0CC0QuAIwAg&q=Picasso+%22Good+artists+copy,+great+artists+steal%22+&usg=AFQjCNFqCuySalwWusri05Kt0G6GQB0o4w

It is quite a while that I trace the inspiration sources of Frank Gehry….

Here is a short clip where Frank Gehry talks about his inspiration sources: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=Hh1QYWVdQV0

Particularly I was interested in identifying the sources of his inspiration for His unique morphology, defined in projects like the “Dancing House”  In Prague or The Guggenheim museum in Bilbao – Spain  (See the following images).

 Frank Gehry Architect

the “Dancing House”

Prague Czech Republic 1992-1996

The Guggenheim museum in Bilbao Spain 1991-1997

is one of Gehry’s most known buildings.

(Photo during construction, modern construction methods allow designing unique morphological elements)

Eero Saarinen architect

TWA Flight Center at John F. Kennedy International Airport 

(Reception structure inside the TWA Flight Center) opened in 1962

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Eliinbar sketches 2011, Frank Gehry’s inspiration sources?

What did I learn from this post? 

Frank Gehry and Steve Jobs admire Knowledge  

They believe that you can find Inspiration sources anywhere.

You don’t need to be intimidated to get inspired from anything that can promote you ….

You are committed to develop the tools and skills to understand and use your Inspiration sources in a beneficial way for you ….

Possibly the “Conscious Inspiration method” should assimilate a similar approach….

 

The Conscious Inspiration Methode:

I believe that designing is a process formed from three main phases:  knowledge, tools and invention. 

“Knowledge”:  as many said, and wrote before – Knowledge is the foundation for all designing process. We architects and designers are obliged to be informed about everything that was designed in the past and on a daily basis…. 

“Tools”= (“Codex rules”) develop tools to analyze buildings and “Understand” them,  tools that will cope with the abundance of architectural information…

(I intend to demonstrate some of my ideas in future posts) 

“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. 

Eli Inbar

 

You are invited to visit my relevant posts

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

https://archidialog.com/2011/10/24/learning-from-frank-gehry-chapter-1-his-design-tools/

Gottfried B0hm Architect_ Flagship Store_”swinging  glass  skirt”_

https://archidialog.com/2010/01/14/buildings-24/

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

https://archidialog.com/2011/10/20/what-is-zaha-hadid%e2%80%99s-ultimate-%e2%80%9cinspirational-building/

 

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Learning from Frank Gehry ….Chapter 3 – the most successful “floor plan Strategy”….

Posted in public buildings with tags , , , , , , , , on November 21, 2011 by eliinbar

Inspiration sketch Gallery (ISG) by Eli Inbar

This post summarizes my “micro trilogy” about Frank Gehry’s “floor plan Strategies”

I will share with you. Gehry’s most considered building, with what I believe, the most successful “floor plan Strategy”…. The Guggenheim museum in Bilbao,Spain.

First  I will present The EMR Communication and Technology Center.

This building is a typical  example of Gehry’s characteristic “Floor plan Strategy” in the mid 90th.

I call this strategy the“Personal fan shape strategy”.

Gehry’s first  step, is to design unique morphological-forms.

Then weaves them in to a wonderful composition…. (It will be fascinating to trace Gehry’s inspiration sources when designing does unique morphological forms …. I already have some ideas I will share them with you, in my next posts).

Gehry’s EMR Communication and Technology Center

Model

“Gehry’s first  step, is to design unique morphological-forms.

Then weaves them in to a wonderful composition…. “

Germany 1992-1995

Gehry’s EMR Communication and Technology Center

 First floor plan

the “Personal fan shape strategy

The Guggenheim museum in Bilbao

Spain 1991-1997, is one of Gehry’s most known buildings.

(Model view from above)

The Guggenheim museum First floor plan is a characteristic example of a combination of two of Gehry’s floor plans strategies, the “Sculptural Warping Strategy” that is represented in my previous post and the “Personal fan shape strategy” shown above, By the EMR Communication and Technology Center.

Eliinbar sketches 2011, .  …. Frank Gehry’s Guggenheim museum in Bilbao, floor plan Strategy

Inspiration sketch Gallery (ISG) by Eli Inbar

What did I learn from this post?

Gehry does not give up his desire for creativity and uniqueness.

Over the years Gehry develops new floor plan Strategies (Codex rules), and implement them in his designs to realize his architectural vision.

His Strategies is directed to provide a novel and unique interpretation to the common “boxes”

Gehry’s Quate:  “Ninety-eight percent of buildings are boxes,which tells me that a lot of people are in denial. We live and work in boxes. People don’t even notice that”

Developing tools (Codex rules) is something we can learn as a method.

I can even suggest a name for this method “Conscious Inspiration”.

You are invited to visit my relevant posts

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

https://archidialog.com/2011/10/24/

Learning from Frank Gehry ….Chapter 2  His floor plan Strategy

https://archidialog.com/2011/10/27/

Check the  NEW  CONSCIOUS  INSPIRATION  PAGE

in my Facebook

The Conscious Inspiration Methode:

I believe that designing is a process formed from three main phases:  knowledge, tools and invention.

“Knowledge”:  as many said, and wrote before – Knowledge is the foundation for all designing process. We architects and designers are obliged to be informed about everything that was designed in the past and on a daily basis….

“Tools”= (“Codex rules”) develop tools to analyze buildings and “Understand” them,  tools that will cope with the abundance of architectural information…

(I intend to demonstrate some of my ideas in future posts)

“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.

Eli Inbar

All pictures and floor plans are taken from EL CROQUIS  Frank Gehry 1991-1995

 

Learning from Frank Gehry . ….Chapter 3 – the “Clinging Statue Strategy”

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

From eliinbar’s Sketchbook 2011 Gehry’s “Clinging Statue Strategy”

In my previous posts I showed how Gehry succeeds to design sculptural buildings using the “Sculptural Warping Strategy”- (Disney’s concert hall and his own house) and preserves their initial functional program.

In this Post I will show Gehry’s early strategy ,preserving a Museum program, and still expresses his desire to a unique building, with sculptural characteristics.

Frank Gehry  Architect

Frederick R.Weisman Museum

Minneapolis USA  1990-1993

Frank Gehry’s Sketch

 for a typical Floor plan

Weisman Museum

Frank Gehry“s

upper Level plan

 Weisman Museum

Eliinbar sketches 2011, .  ….Frank Gehry’s “Clinging Statue Strategy”

You are invited to visit my relevant posts: 

Conscious Inspiration “Facades”

https://archidialog.com/2011/02/22/

Conscious Inspiration Facades 2

https://archidialog.com/2011/03/08

 

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Learning from Frank Gehry ….Chapter 2 His floor plan Strategy

Posted in buildings, public buildings with tags , , , , , , , , on October 27, 2011 by eliinbar

From eliinbar’s sketchbook 2011, Frank Gehry’s floor plan Strategy

If you will be asked,

What is the most common morphological feature

in Frank Gehry‘s buildings?

Most of us will agree that they look very sculptural….

Frank Gehry’s  quotes  Sculptors and painters have inspired me with their ability to make things with their own hands.” 

Ninety-eight percent of buildings are boxes, which tells me that a lot of people are in denial. We live and work in boxes,”

In my previous post I showed how Gehry succeeds to design a sculptural building (Disney’s concert hall) and preserves its functional program.

In my next Posts I will show Gehry’s strategy, dealing with this challenge. see my sketchbook above…. 

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In this post we will start our journey revealing  Frank Gehry’s floor plan Strategy with his own house, designed at 1978.

From “Stories of Houses”:   The story starts when Gehry’s wife, Berta, bought a small pink bungalow. 

Gehry decided to redesign what he considered “a dumb little house with charm“, to build around it and try “to make it more important“.

 Frank Gehry’s own house

Santa Monica, California

designed at 1978 ,View from above

Frank Gehry’s own house

Santa Monica, California

designed at 1978  ,  floor plan

 eliinbar Sketches 2011- Frank Gehry’s floor plan Strategy

What did I learn from this post? 

Gehry is very aware to the “needs” of the building ,Like once said Le Corbusier “a house is a machine for living”. 

He designs buildings with effective floor plans 

He does not give up his desire for creativity and uniqueness. 

Gehry develops tools (Codex rules), and uses his architect skills to realize his architectural vision. 

 

Developing tools (Codex rules) is something we can learn as a method

I can even suggest a name for this method “Conscious Inspiration”

 

Frank Gehry’s own house , front facade

Santa Monica, California

designed at 1978

Behind, the original house,

In front, the new sculptural addition 

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

Posted in public buildings with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 24, 2011 by eliinbar

From eliinbar’s Sketchbook  2011 Learning from Frank Gehry

What can we learn from Gehry’s design Process? 

He stars His design by scribbling a sketch that expresses the image of the building. (In the Disney’s Concert Hall his inspiration Sources were sails) 

Gehry’s Quote: ( from artquotes.net)

“I know I draw without taking my pen off the page. I just keep going, and that my drawings I think of them as scribbles. I don’t think they mean anything to anybody except to me, and then at the end of the day, the end of the project they wheel out these little drawings and they’re damn close to what the finished building is and it’s the drawing”

 

Frank Gehry Architect Disney Concert Hall preliminary sketches 

He continues developing the “Image of the building” with the aide of Models (Notice the amount of models in the back of the picture). 

Gehry’s Quote: ( from artquotes.net)

“I think my best skill as an architect is the achievement of hand-to-eye coordination. I am able to transfer a sketch into a model into the building”.

Frank Gehry Architect Disney’s Concert Hall models

The result of the design process is a Sculptural building . with an efficient floor plan. (Notice  the optimal match Configuration of the ground-floor to a concert hall)

Frank GehryArchitect  

 Disney Concert Hall typical Floor Plan

 Los Angeles California 1987-2003

                 Eliinbar sketches 2011 , Learning from Frank Gehry

  

What did I learn from Gehry’s design Process? 

1. Don’t be afraid to put your ideas on the paper  “Just do it”.. In later stages  of the planning ,you will notice the Influence of the sketches on  your design.. (Gehry’s preliminary sketches). 

2. Develop tools to analyze and “understand” how to realize your preliminary sketches (Gehry’s working models).

3. The “floor Plan” is an efficient tool to preserve the building’s initial “needs

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Describe the design processes of two talented architects 

 

J.Mayer H. the ultimate “Conscious Inspiration Architect” 1 

https://archidialog.com/2011/05/19/j-mayer-h-the-ultimate-conscious-inspiration-architect-1/

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Chicago Tribune Tower competition ,Eliel Saarinen & Cesar Pelli

https://archidialog.com/tag/chicago-tribune-tower-competition/

  Frank Gehry Architect  

 Disney Concert Hall

Thanks Martin for this picture ,of the built structure

Frank Gehry reveals his inspiration Sources….

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

Here are Gehry’s unrevealed Inspiration Sources from the 90’s, when he developed his original Gehry’s style that he later also implement in his famous Bilbao Museum.

Gehry’s style has a structure that consists of radically sculpted, organic contours.

In this Post Frank Gehry reveals his inspiration Sources for the Weisman Art Museum (designed at the beginning of the 90’s) .

From MPR’s Euan Kerr who spoke with Gehry

The first inspiration came from the Tibetan monasteries that are on hills, where the big frontal elevation is off the side of a cliff”

Tibetan monasteries

Frank Gehry’s Weisman Art Museum frontal elevation

University of Minnesota, Minneapolis

 completed in 1993

 Eliinbar sketches 2011 ,  Frank Gehry’s inspiration Sources for the Weisman Art Museum

In my future Posts I will share with you some more characteristics of Gehry’s Architecture….

Do not leave this Post…. before visiting my previous post about Le Corbusier Inspiration Sources for the famous la Tourette Monastery.

The Conscious Inspiration Methode;

I Believe that designing is a process formed from three main phases:  knowledge, tools and invention.

Knowledge”:  as many said, and wrote before – Knowledge is the foundation for all designing process. We 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…

(I intend to demonstrate some of my ideas in future posts)

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.

Eli Inbar

 

Check the   NEW  CONSCIOUS  INSPARATION  PAGE

in my Facebook


Le Corbusier – “Green button Inspiration”

Posted in buildings with tags , , , , , , on December 27, 2010 by eliinbar

What do you think about this house? 

It seems like a good idea that re-use it self. 

Is this another example of “Conscious Inspiration”?   

The source is undoubtedly Le Corbusiers’ Ronchamp – Chapel….

 

Clavienrossier Studio added two tinted concrete volumes atop the remains of a stone house in the Swiss Alps

 Charrat in the Valais canton of Switzerland

 published on December 3rd, 2010

Mansilla + Tunon Architects 

 Concert Hall

 Leon spain 2003

WRNS Studio

Parking Structure

San Francisco USA 2009 

Le Corbusier Architect

 Ronchamp Chapel

Notre Dame du Haut, France 1950-1954

Some interesting Quotes from Frank Ghery Architect : 

1. “People live and work in uninspiring environments 

2. “Many people put a green button on their collar and feel good”