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Zaha Hadid & Frank Lloyd Wright ….Do aspirations for reality begins in our drawings?

Posted in buildings, public buildings with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 11, 2012 by eliinbar

In my previous posts I mentioned the need to develop individual design tools as an important part of the design process I call “Conscious Inspiration”.

Zaha Hadid’s sketches and drawings are a major and familiar tool Identified with her exclusive architecture.

In this post I will share with you Zaha Hadid’s Inspiration Sources for her unique sketches and drawings.

I want to thank Livius

His blog “Livius’ Notes” was my inspiration for this post

Here is an interesting and relevant quote from Livius blog :

“I’m not sure that the use of softwares is equally favorable to the brain.
My teaching experience is that students of Today have less imagination. We live in an age where you no longer need to imagine, because any image is immediately available by Internet. The images are no longer thought: they’re consumed

Zaha Hadid’s Sketch for the spiral tower in Barcelona

more information about the spiral tower

you can find in

A typical Arabic-calligraphy

Note the similarity between the dominant curling line in the Arabic-calligraphy and Zaha Hadid’s sketch

It may not be coincidentally…. the spiral tower is designed in Barcelona Spain.

Considering Spain was ruled for – in some parts – up to 800 years by the Islamic Moors.

You are invited to visit a previous post of mine, dealing with Zaha Hadid‘s inspiration sources from the environment in which she plans.

Another Master whose drawings have inspired generations of architects, Is Frank Lloyd Wright.

The following Image is Frank Lloyd Wright‘s perspective for one of his inspiring buildings, the Kaufmann House, Known as the “Falling water“.

Frank Lloyd Wright‘s

perspective for the Kaufmann House

“Falling water” 1936

A typical Japanese Print

Do you feel the impact of the Japanese Print on Frank Lloyd Wright?

It seems like it enhances the Kaufmann House design.

What did I learn from this post?

I want to be helped with quotations by Lebbeus Woods, published in an article written by Jack Self appearing in the June 2010 issue of the Architectural Review:

“Drawings are not preparations for construction—in most cases they are the project. The act of rendering is the making of a version of reality”

“If architects wish to avoid obsolescence, they must reverse the de-politicization of architecture by the dominance of the beautiful, but meaningless, render. As architects, our aspirations for reality must begin in our drawings.

In other words our drawings, have an important role (a powerful tool) in our design process….

you are invited to visit my previous post examining Frank Gehry’s sketches….


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

Steven Holl , El Lissitzky and the HORIZONTAL SKYSCRAPERS

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eliinbar’s Sketch book 2012 – Steven Holl’s Inspiration Sources


In 1923–1925 El Lissitzky proposed and developed the idea of horizontal skyscrapers  

Lissitzky argued that as long as humans cannot fly, moving horizontally is natural and moving vertically is not…. 

Where there is not sufficient land for construction, a new plane created in the air at medium altitude should be preferred to an American- tower. 

These buildings, according to Lissitzky, also provided superior insulation and ventilation for their inhabitants. 

More than 80 years later (2006) Steven Holl  designe an horizontal Skyscraper. The Vanke Center in Shenzhen, China, a mixed-use building including hotel, offices, serviced apartments, and public park (2006-2009)

El Lissitzky’s proposed horizontal skyscraper 1923–1925

Steven Holl Architect horizontal skyscraper

 VANKE CENTER in Shenzhen

China  2006-2009

Eliinbar sketches 2012 Steven Holl’s Inspiration Sources?



1. In the drawing above , Steven Holl compares his horizontal skyscraper To a Typical American skyscraper.

2. I still wonder if the inspiration source for Holl’s buildings Mentioned in my sketch-book above are Actually Le Corbusier’s La Tourette Monastery…. 

3. I recommend everyone who is interested in the work of Holl, to read Lebbeus Woods post dealing with Steven Holl’s Horizontal Skyscraper.

Steven Holl’s Spatial Retaining Bars, Phoenix, 1994

Steven Holl’s American Library expansion, Berlin, 1984

Steven Holl’s  Nanjing museum of art and architecture 2011

You are invited to visit my recent and relevant posts:

Le Corbusier & Steven Holl

La Tourette ” Conscios Inspiration” 2 


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