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What is common to ancient Rome, Louis Kahn, Charles Moore ,Tadao Ando and Rem Koolhaas?

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eliinbar’s sketches 2014 - THE MAIN CONFIGURATION=ROTATION
eliinbar’s sketches 2014 – THE MAIN CONFIGURATION=ROTATION

Today’s post will be the second of a series, inquiring whether one of the leading architectural firms in the world, OMA of Rem Koolhaas, is a popular Inspiration Source for leading architects today. Today’s main configuration of a building designed by Oma and Rem Koolhass is ROTATION.

THE MAIN CONFIGURATION

ROTATION

eliinbar's sketches-ROTATION

The origins

(Inspiration Sources)

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8th century BC to the 5th century AD

Forum Romanum

Ancient Rome floors plans

(Republican Era)

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The Sixties

Louis Kahn

Norman Fisher House floor plan Hatboro, Pennsylvania, United States 1960-1967

Louis Kahn Norman Fisher House

The Seventies

Charles Moore

 Kresge College street level floor plan 1971

kresge College Plan

The Eighties

Tadao Ando

Church of the light  built in 1989, in the city of Ibaraki, Osaka Prefecture.

church of the light site plan

eliinbar’s sketches 2014 - THE MAIN CONFIGURATION=ROTATION

eliinbar’s sketches 2014 – THE MAIN CONFIGURATION=ROTATION

Note that the main configuration- rotation

 is  reflected in each of the above floor plans

eliinbar's sketches-ROTATION

And how  Rem Koolhaas implements the idea of ​​ROTATION today?

The Contemporary Inspiration Source

OMA and Rem Koolhaas’s winning proposal for the Plaza at Santa Monica 2013

OMA and Rem Koolhaas's winning proposal for the Plaza at Santa Monica 2013

Conscious Inspiration today

more Rotating buildings

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This blog examines the

 inspiration sources

 of contemporary architectural projects

 I put a virtual

 mirror  

 reflecting processes of

conscious and

unconscious inspiration among Architects

and you judge

 But my challenge is not over yet

If my

mirror

 reflects the reality correctly

Then is needed a change in architecture profession training

And I will explane

You probably noticed that the differences between

Conscious Inspiration” and “Copy paste

are rather vague

And there is a consensus that

 Copy-paste is disastrous for the architectural profession

We all know that the basis for all architectural design , is the unique site

 on which the building is built

so how can we copy buildings?

For that I strive to develope a responsive training method for architects

I call it the

 Conscious Inspiration Method

The “Conscious Inspiration Method” is  learning to be inspired  consciously  from existing buildings

With the methodology of “conscious Inspiration”, we don’t need to be intimidated to get inspired from relevant buildings.  Once we develop our designing tools =“Codex Rules”, it will lead us to high quality creative architecture

.

I believe that the natural development of architecture design is based on 

inspiration techniques

I call them

Codex Rules

In my next posts ,I will show some Interesting  inspiration techniques

Inspiration,Inspiration;Inspiration …. West and east… Well there are mutual relations between them…. another reflection for “Conscious Inspiration” ?

Posted in buildings, public buildings with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on November 18, 2012 by eliinbar

From  Eliinbar’s Sketch book 2012 – The mutual inspirational relations between west and east

My inspiration for this post are Simona Rota’s photographs, published in WALLPAPER on “Soviet Modernism”. Unknown Stories”!!

Thank you  Simona….

In my last post, I showed the mutual inspirational relations, between the “Soviet Modernism” architecture, built in the second half of the 20th century and western architecture, built in the last two decades….

In this post, I would like to share with you some of the strange cases of conscious and unconscious inspiration…. from the “Soviet Modernism” period….

Let’s look at some of Simona Rota’s photographs….

This is the known Kisho Kurokawa’s Nakagin Capsule Tower built in Tokyo, Japan 1970-1972

Kisho Kurokawa architect

Residential, office

Tokyo, Japan 1970-1972

And this is a residential building built in the 1980s in Bobrujsk, Belarus

Residential Building on Minskaya Street

1980s, Bobrujsk, Belarus

Copyright: BelorussianState Archive of Scientific-Technical Documentation

From Eliinbar’s Sketch book 2012 – Kisho Kurokawa and them mutual inspirational relations between west and east

This is the known Kaufmann House / “Falling water” designed by  Frank Lloyd Wright

Frank Lloyd Wright architect

Kaufmann House “Falling water”

Mill Run, Pennsylvania  USA 1936- 1939

And this is the Sanatorium Zori Rossii

Sanatorium Zori Rossii (Sunrise of Russia), 1985, Crimea, Ukraine
Copyright: Simona Rota

From Eliinbar’s Sketch book 2012 – Frank Lloyd Wright and the mutual inspirational relations between west and east

And finally ….. You have already recognize the following picture, taken by Simona Rota?…. It was shown in my previous post

Cascade – the development of Northern Radius

1975- mid 2000s,

Yerevan, Armenia .Copyright: Simona Rota

This is  Louis Kahn’s National Assembly Building in Dacca, Bangladesh. 1962 to 1974

Louis Kahn Architect

 National Assembly Building in

Dacca, Bangladesh. 1962 to 1974

Now look at the building in the upper right corner of Simona Rota’s photograph, shown in the next image….

See the formal similarity to Kahn’s National AssemblyBuilding in Dacca

Notice the circular opening, separated by a horizontal Beam….

From Eliinbar’s Sketch book 2012 – the mutual inspirational relations between west and east

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And this is Mario Botta’s  “Casa Bianchi” 1971 – 1973

Mario Botta  architect

La Casa Bianchi

Riva San Vitale Switzerland 1971 – 1973

Now look at the building in the upper left corner of Simona Rota’s photograph shown in the next image….

See the formal similarity to Botta’s Casa Bianchi

Notice the square shape of the structure and the dominant pillar in the corner….

 From Eliinbar’s Sketch book 2012 – the mutual inspirational relations between west and east

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The  “Conscious Inspiration Method‘ ,  How it Works?

First step:  the inspiration Source.

Second step:   Developing  the Conscious Inspiration tools.

Third step:   Realize the design idea.

 

The five “HOWS” of the “Conscious Inspiration Method”

The ultimate inspiration methodology:

1. How to filter out relevant Knowledge from the Web with abundance of information?

2. How to develop your own Vision?

3. How to choose the right “Inspiration Sources” that empowers your Vision?

4. How to develop your personal Design tools?

5. How to use your Inspiration Sources as the “Planning Process Generator”, and design high quality and creative architecture?

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

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 processWe 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.

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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”

“Epilog”:

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 .

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 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   https://archidialog.com/2010/12/01/

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”  https://archidialog.com/2010/11/28/

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That is how you will get inspired…. Learning from le corbusier’s book -“Towards an Architecture” (1923)

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From Eliinbar’s Sketches 2012 – learning from le corbusier’s book… “Towards an Architecture”

Here is what Le Corbusier has to say

About “Architectural volumes” and “Preliminary shapes” ….

The quotations are from  le Corbusier’s book “Towards an Architecture” published in 1923

Le Corbusier’s quote about  the “Architectural volumes”:   “Architecture is the smart play ,Accurate And wonderful of volumes that are connected under the light”

Silos in Canada, from Le Corbusier’s book “Towards an Architecture”

Jean Nouvel Architect

C1 tower  Boulogne-Billancourt

France 2008-2011

From Eliinbar’s Sketches 2012 – learning from le corbusier’s book  “Towards an Architecture”….the “Architectural volumes”

Notice…. both buildings are Characterized by  basic volumes shapes,  this is Le Corbusier’s “Architectural volumes strategy”

Le Corbusier’s quote About  the “Preliminary shapes”;   Preliminary shapes are beautiful because they are read clearly….Architecture is not making any Longer simple shapes” 

Preliminary shapes” can be your inspiration and generate a planning process  that  enriches your floors plans design.

Look at next examples ….You can get an impression how the “Preliminary shapes strategy” is reflected in le Corbusir’s and Hejduk’s floor plans

Le corbusier’s typical “floor plan

for the “cite the refuge” –1929

John Hejduk’s   project for “One-half House” 1966

From Eliinbar’s Sketches 2012 –  learning from le corbusier’s book “Towards an Architecture”…. the “Preliminary shapes”

Notice…. both floor plans are characterized by Preliminary  shapes,  this is Le Corbusier’s Preliminary shapes strategy”

Is Le corbusier’s typical floor plan for the “cite the refuge” ……..  Hejduk’s inspiration source? 

Hejduk is not the only one that implements in his floor plans design the “Preliminary shapes strategy”  ….look at  Louis kahn’s  typical Floor plan….shown in the next image ….

this is Louis kahn’s  famous  National Assembly Building in Bangladesh

Notice…. the floor plans is characterized by preliminary shapes,  this is Le Corbusier’s Preliminary shapes strategy”

Louis Kahn architect

National Assembly Building of Bangladesh

  Typical floor plan….

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The five “HOWS” of the “Conscious Inspiration Method”  The ultimate inspiration methodology

1. How to filter out relevant Knowledge from the Web with abundance of information?

2. How to develop your own architectural Vision?

3. How to choose the right “Inspiration Sources” that empowers your Vision?

4. How to develop your personal Design tools?

5. How to use your “Inspiration Sources” as the “Planning Process Generator”, and design high quality and creative architecture?

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“Conscious Inspiration” – to be inspired consciously….

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Mario Botta Architect S. Angeli Chapel Mount Tamaro

Posted in public buildings with tags , , , , , on July 28, 2011 by eliinbar

Recently I visited the S.Angeli Chapel designed by Mario Botta on Mount Tamaro,Switzerland.
The Chapel was designed and built between 1990 and 1996.

A lot was written about Mario Botta inspired by Le Corbusier and Louis Kahn,
Two influential architects who worked in the twentieth century

What do you think was the inspiration source for Mario Botta’s S.Angeli Chapel round openings?
In The following posts I’ll try to find out what are Mario Botta’s  sources of inspiration .

 Mario Botta  Architect 

S. Angeli Chapel 

Mount Tamaro

Mario Botta  Architect 

 S. Angeli Chapel 

 Mount Tamaro

S. Angeli Chapel

interior

Mount Tamaro

Mario Botta  Architect 

 S. Angeli Chapel 

Mount Tamaro – round openings 

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Le Corbusier Ronchamp Chapel ” Sacred Inspiration” 2

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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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Alvaro Siza – Conscious Inspiration 3

Posted in buildings, public buildings with tags , , , , , on August 26, 2010 by eliinbar

Alvaro Siza is in my opinion one of the most talented architects who are implementing the principles of conscious inspiration
Here are three examples :

1.

Franz Holzhammer Architect_Postamt am Goetheplatz_ Munchen_ 1031-32

Alvaro Siza Architect _ Schlesisches Tor- public housing block _ Berlin_ 1980

2.

Hans Scharoun Architect _ Workers Collective Hostel _ Germany _ 1928-29

Alvaro Siza Architect _ Banco Borgers _ Porto _1980

3.

Louis Kahn Architect _ First Unitarian Church _ Rochester _N.Y, _ 1959-69

Alvaro Siza Architect _ Portugal Pavilion Expo 1998 _ Lisbon _ Portugal _ 1998