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Are Zaha Hadid and Bjarke Ingels are inspired by Franz West’s unconventional objects and sculptures?

Posted in public buildings, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 25, 2018 by eliinbar

Eliinbar Sketches 2018 Zahah Hadid Franz West

Eliinbar sketches 2018  Zaha Hadid and Franz West


A comprehensive exhibition of works by the Austrian artist Franz West is currently being held ,at the Pompidou Center in Paris.


Here are some interesting discoveries:

This is Franz West’s painting from the 70’s.

I photographed last week, in his exhibition held in Centre Pompidou

Franz West 1972-1973

And this is Nordpark Cable Railway, designed by Zaha Hadid Architects, Opened in December 2007

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Eliinbar Sketches 2018 Zahah Hadid Franz West

For you to judge


This is Eliinbar’s Photograph – from Franz West’s Exhibition, Centre Pompidou, Paris.

Franz West

And this is the

Love seat” from Zaha Hadid‘s collection 2016



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A short story:

 Was the Danish Architect, Bjarke Ingels (BIG)

Inspired by Franz West statue, shown in the next picture?

Spoiler for next posts : From 1998 to 2001, Bjarke Ingels worked for Rem Koolhaas at the Office for Metropolitan Architecture – (OMA)  in Rotterdam

This is Franz West, Schlieren, 2010, installation view, Suvikunta, Sarvisalo, Finland. Photo: David Bebber


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And this is Bjarke Ingels’s – (BIG)  St.Petersburg pier, Published 2011


You are invited to visit a previous and relevant post of mine about Bjarke Ingels’s “Multiplying architecture strategy” 

Eliinbar's Sketches- Bjarke Ingels's –(BIG) St.Petersburg pier

From  eliinbar’s sketch book 2012  Bjarke Ingels’s “Multiplying architecture strategy”- The Rolling wave buildings

Interview with Franz West, Commenting on whether his sculptures are adapted to the environment:

Do you consider them autonomous? They don’t seem burdened by site-specificity.
They are absolutely autonomous.

They are always a little awkward. They don’t fit easily.
It’s the autonomy.

With or without connection to the previous story

Eli Inbar Photographs 2018- Franz West

Eliinbar’s Photographs 2018- Franz West Exhibition, Centre Pompidou

 Paris 2018


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Rem Koolhaas, MVRDV , Steven Holl and the “T Buildings trend”

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

From Eliinbar’s Sketchbook 2012– the ” T buildings trend

It seems like a new trend is developing in recent years.

I call this trend…. The “ T Buildings trend

long ago …. when architects talk about “ T buildings”….  They were referring to buildings with a floor plan that has the shape of “T” like in the next image….

Typical “T” floor plan

In recent years, three leading architectural firms, Rem Koolhaas(OMA), MVRDV and Steven Holl, explore the “T” configuration through the facades of their buildings .

Here are some examples:

Steven Holl Architects

Nanjing Sifang Art Museum

design-2003-Completion date: 2011

 Steven Holl Architect


Copenhagen, Denmark  2006-2007

  Steven Holl Architect

 horizontal skyscraper VANKE CENTER

Shenzhen China  2006-2009

 Rem Koolhaas Architect (Office for Metropolitan Architecture – OMA)

Shenzhen Stock Exchange

China  2006

  MVRDV architects

Shenzhen “4 Tower in 1” competition CBD Trees

Shenzhen, China  2009

Can a floor plan be your “Inspiration source”?


You are invited to see also a relevant and very popular post of mine,that deals with a similar option in the  Zollverein School of Management & Design, designed by SANAA.

Another relevant post worth a visit….Rem Koolhaas and the “Conscious Inspiration” issue….


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Rem Koolhaas and the “Conscious Inspiration” issue….

Posted in buildings, public buildings with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 6, 2012 by eliinbar

from Eliinbar’s Sketchbook 2012  Rem Koolhaas’s and the “Conscious Inspiration” issue

Inspiration sketch Gallery (ISG) by Eli Inbar

Recently I found a Rem Koolhaas twitt  (16 Feb 09) related to the questions I raise in this blog….

Rem Koolhaas twitt: “Influence is a very unpleasant subject and I deal with it in a maybe irresponsible way, which is to really ignore it.”

Well….  Rem Koolhaas is no doubt one of the influential architects in our  time….

We learned in this blog that the notions “inspiration” and “copy- past”, In other words “Influence”…. are very delicate issues, we are obliged to recognize them and develop techniques to deal with them….

Probably you encountered in my blog ,  the Conscious Inspiration Method

A method that is aware of today availability of information…. and develop tools to help us architects and designers deal with it.

We don’t need to be intimidated to get inspired (influence) from relevant buildings.  Once we develop our tools, it will lead us to high quality and creative architecture.

The next image, is the Shenzhen Stock Exchange building in Shenzhen,China .Rem Koolhaas ( OMA) won a competition to design it in 2006, today the Shenzhen Stock Exchange is under construction.

Rem Koolhaas Architect (Office for Metropolitan Architecture – OMA)

won, the competition to design the Shenzhen Stock Exchange in Shenzhen

China. 2006,   published in Dezeen, Under  construction.

I can sagest some “Influencing’ buildings that
may be , are the inspiration sources for Rem Koolhaas.  

For you to Judge….

El Lissitzky’s proposed horizontal skyscraper 1923–1925

Tiblissi  Geórgia 1975

And for  desert….

What do you think about this building designed by Coop Himmelb(l)au  in Shenzhen, China ,  bublished in Dezeen in 2009?

Note that the Rem Koolhaas’s Shenzhen Stock Exchange  is on its left….

Coop Himmelb(l)au Architects

China Insurance Group headquarters , Shenzhen, China

 published in Dezeen in 2009

You are invited to visit my recent and relevant posts:

“Origami Envelopes” – Conscious Inspiration

Zaha Hadid’s  “floating Inspiration”

Steven Holl , El Lissitzky and the HORIZONTAL SKYSCRAPERS

“Conscious Inspiration”   the ultimate inspiration methodology

MVRDV’s “black cloud”, The image of the memory….


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