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There’s nothing new under the sun, and it turns out that it’s in my backyard too. And architect E’mile Aillaud continues to star and surprise.

Posted in public buildings, Uncategorized with tags , , , on August 8, 2018 by eliinbar

Three Towers for La defense- Emile Aillaud Architect-1978

Three Towers  for La defense – France- Emile Aillaud’s sketch-1978

It turns out that there is nothing new “in my backyard”, architects are inspired by existing buildings (or something similar to inspiration) for decades, here are some examples,

for you to judge

You are already familiar to French architect Emile  Aillaud , from my previous post.

In 1978 he prepared a sketch for three towers (a round tower, square tower and triangular tower). The towers were to be built at La Defense near Paris.

But they were never built

Three Towers for La defense- Emile Aillaud Architect-1978

Three Towers  for La defense – near Paris – a sketch by Emile Aillaud Architect-1978

So what the hell are the three towers doing “in my backyard”?

three Towers

The following picture evokes sad memories


World Trade Center – New York-  Minoru Yamasaki Architect –  1972

And this is a picture taken “in my backyard”


And for dessert

Emile Aillaud ,a creative and innovative architect ,does it again.

The next  picture was also taken “in my backyard”.

For years I have passed through this project, and asked myself,

What was the source of inspiration for this “gate”?


La Defence – Emile Aillaud Architects – 1974-1983

 a sketch by Emile Aillaud Architect ,for gates in La Defence- near Paris–  1974-1983

For you to judge


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It turns out that the sketches of the three towers, and the gate building, designed by Emil Aillaud, were widely published in the world press of those years.





MVRDV and the Typology of Cantilever Buildings “In my backyard”

Posted in public buildings, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , on July 31, 2018 by eliinbar

Eliinbar Sketches Cantilever Buildings

From Eliinbar’s Sketchbook 2018  – MVRDV and the Typology of Cantilever Buildings

In my backyard

This post is the third

In a series of posts, I call “In my backyard

In which I present for your review, buildings that I found “in my backyard” and photographed them for you.

All buildings are within 60 km from home

The choice to photograph these buildings was not random

They reminded me of forgotten posts

For you to judge

In 2010 I published a post that presented a relatively new trend for that period


Cantilever Buildings

MVRDV WOZOCO housing complex

MVRDV Architects  Wozoco Housing For Eldery  Amsterdam 1994-1997


8 Years After I posted MVRDV ‘s “Cantilever Buildings”, here is a building I photographed “In my backyard“

For you to judge

Conteliver Buildings


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Why did MVRDV designed a “Cantilever Building“?

This is the story as was published in  Archdaily

Stuck conforming to zoning regulations of the surrounding area, MVRDV calculated that only 87 of the proposed 100 units could fit the restricted footprint due to regulations about day lighting.

From this arose the idea of cantilevering the remaining units on the north facade, to connect to the transparent gallery of the main block found below while also opening up space on the rest of the site.