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Zaha Hadid & John Hejduk – to be inspired consciously….

Posted in buildings, public buildings with tags , , , , , , , , , on June 24, 2012 by eliinbar

Bernardo Rodrigues architect

S. Michael Island in the Azores

published in Dezeen  2011

This is an inspiring house….someone invested a lot of money here,

I wander what were Bernardo Rodrigues’s inspiration sources?

Well ….I can indicate two optional morphological inspiration sources….


There is a dominant presence of John Hejduk’s “wall house 2”

Hejduk’s “wall house 2” designed in the 70′

Bernardo Rodrigues architect

S. Michael Island in the Azores

published in Dezeen  2011

Note the dominant presence of the wall in both buildings

From Eliinbar’s Sketch book 2012 – Bernardo Rodrigues’s inspiration source 1

For the complete story of this sketch, you are invited to visit my post:

La Tourette ” Conscios Inspiration” 2


And Zaha Hadid’s “aggressive snake motif” is Without doubt a good option for the second inspiration source

Zaha Hadid Architects

 MAXXI Museum

Rome,Italy 1999-2009

Bernardo Rodrigues Architect

private house  S. Michael Island in the Azores

published in  on May 25, 2011

Note  the  floating structure characterized by a sloping edge

From Eliinbar’s Sketch book 2012– Bernardo Rodrigues’s inspiration source 2

For the complete story of this sketch, you are invited to visit my posts:

1. Zaha Hadid and the morphology of the “aggressive snake motif”2

2. Zaha Hadid and the morphology of the “aggressive snake motif”1

Know look at this casual floor plane.

This is a typical floor plan,of the private house in S. Michael Island , designed by Bernardo Rodrigues.

It looks like a floor plane of an ordinary orthogonal private house.

There are no clues for its unique external morphology….

So what did I learned from this post?

Getting inspired from relevant buildings is a powerful design strategy that helps us architects to upgrade an ordinary floor plan schema, to a well designed and inspiring house.

 Bernardo Rodrigues’s design strategy ( implemented in this private house) helps me demonstrate the mechanics of the “conscious inspiration method” ….

The mechanics of the “conscious inspiration method” : 

 Be inspired consciously  from existing building, will generate a unique design process that serves our creative desires….

“Conscious Inspiration” – to be inspired consciously….

You are invited to visit my relevant posts:

1. The “Conscious Inspiration Chain”

2. “Origami Envelopes” – Conscious Inspiration

3. John Hejduk , Aldo van Eyck, SANAA and the “Perfect Floor Plan”.


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 “Conscious Inspiration” the ultimate inspiration methodology:

I invite you all to contribute in developing the attitude and tools towards the viability of the “Conscious Inspiration” Method.

The abundance of information in the Web affects us all, as I illustrate in my posts.

I believe that designing is a process formed from three main phases:knowledgetools 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…tools that encourage your planning process….tools matching your skills and generating your creative process….

(You are invited to visit earlier posts of mine showing leading architects tools…. )

Invention”: with the methodology of “conscious Inspiration” , we don’t need to be intimidated to get inspired from relevant buildings.

Be inspired consciously  from existing building, will generate a unique design process that serves our creative desires….

Once we develop our tools, it will lead us to high quality and creative architecture.


John Hejduk , Aldo van Eyck, SANAA and the “Perfect Floor Plan”.

Posted in buildings, public buildings with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 24, 2012 by eliinbar

eliinbar’s Sketchbook 2012  The  “perfect floor plan”.

Here is a very short video that my youngest son photographed, my daughter edited and the eldest son chose the background music, documenting , the preparation process of my sketch.

They called it “ Sketch is born”

music by Nicolas Jaar

You are invited to visit my new Inspiration Sketch Gallery (ISG) in ETSY

Inspiration sketch Gallery (ISG) by Eli Inbar

I invite you all

Even if you are not trained in reading architectural plans

To delve into the example shown in this post.

An unusual example illustrating the processes of “Conscious Inspiration”.

This post is telling the story of an Inspiring floor plan designed by John Hejduk.

An Architect who was a contemporary theorists and a researcher more than a builder…. And on a personal note…. My inspiration for making architectural sketches….

Hejduk was the Legendary Dean of the Cooper Union School of Art and Architecture  from 1972 to 2000.

Generations of architects were inspired by his Sketches and theoretical architectural projects.

The following image is Hejduk’s  floor plan for a utopian”Diamond House

Hejduk’s floor plan for the “Diamond House” is an inspiring struggle with the endless search for the “perfect floor plan”.

A floor plan with the exact relationship between the main floor areas , and the” left over spaces” in-between.

 John Hejduk

 “Diamond Houses”


Five years later the inspiring and unique architect, Aldo van Eyck, contributes to world architectural heritage, his interpretation to the     ” perfect floor plan”.

The Sonsbeek’s Pavilion. Floor plan

Aldo van Eyck Architect

 Sonsbeek Pavilion


A calculated guess …. Aldo van Eyck’s inspiration source is  Hejduk’s “Diamond House” floor plan. 

Note the similar strategy in both floor plans

1. Explicit formal selection of building envelope, rhombus regular polygon and perfect circle.

2. The decision to crate leftover spaces braided between the exterior envelope and the floor plan’s central main mass.

3. The choice of the curving interior walls.

4. The Choice of the orthogonal  arrangement .

Look at the next two floor plan images….

Almost 40 years later the SANAA architecture firm designs  unique floor plans for the 21st Century Museum in Japan and the Glass Pavilion in Toledo, Ohio, they implement the same design principals John Hejduk and Aldo van Eyck implemented in their designs 40 years ago …

SANAA Architects

21st Century Museum Kanazawa

Japan 2005

SANAA Architects azuyo Sejima + Ryue Nishizawa

Glass Pavilion in the Museum of Art

Toledo, Ohio   Opening: 2006

Do the “Conscious inspiration effect” strikes the second time?


What are Constructivist teaching methods? (Conscious Inspiration Method”) 

1. Constructivist teaching theoretical framework holds that learning always builds upon knowledge that we already know.

2. Constructivist learning theory says that all knowledge is constructed from a base of prior knowledge.

3. Constructivists suggest that learning is more effective when we are actively engaged in the learning process.

4. We learn how to learn, by giving the training to take initiative from our own learning experiences.

You are invited to visit my previous posts dealing with the  ”perfect floor plan”:

SANAA & Aldo van Eyck  “wheels of Heaven”, “the Generating Plan”, “Conscious Inspiration”

SANAA , “the Generating Plan”, “Conscious Inspiration” 2


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