Archive for Rex Architects

Rem Koolhaas the “Spiritual father” and REX Architects (Joshua Prince-Ramus) …. “To be there is not in the air”….

Posted in buildings, public buildings with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 15, 2012 by eliinbar

Inspiration sketch Gallery (ISG) by Eli Inbar

In a previous post, I claimed that Rem Koolhaas is the “Spiritual father”,Of a successful young group of architects working today (BIG , REX , MVRDV , FREE)


We all want to be like them ….young, successful, Creative and innovative architects….

How can we get there?


In this post I will try to convince you that there is a method to get there….

And I call this method, the “conscious inspiration Method


To be there is not in the air….

I will try to illustrate my point by the following example.

A building designed by the successful architectural firm REX possession by Joshua Prince-Ramus …..One of the talented followers of Rem Koolhaas

What really makes the difference between “another building”, and a winning project?

I can suggest an answer …. Let’s  learn how to get “inspired consciously“.

First step:  don’t be intimidated to get inspired from relevant buildings

 Look at the following example

This is an external image of the Wyly Theatre showing Rem Koolhaas’s “Wrapper Strategy”….A transparent skin encompasses an assemblage of structurally independent volumes

And this is an external Image of the CLC & MSFL TOWERS designed by REX Architects and Joshua Prince-Ramus

 eliinbar’s sketch 2012–  don’t be intimidated to get inspired from relevant buildings….

Notice the similar design strategy (especially in the lower part of the building)…. A rectangular structure with a transparent skin encompasses an assemblage of structurally independent volumes.

The Wyly Theatre is the “relevant building”,

REX Architects and Joshua Prince-Ramus , had chosen to be inspired from it consciously.

I learned in a previous post of mine, that architects have varied inspiration sources ….

The first type of inspiration is basic and common ….I call it the “Visual Inspiration” Easy to identify, and characterized by architectural trends , shown in the previous images.. .

The second type of inspiration is based on research…. I call it the “Design Strategy Inspiration”. It requires knowledge and analytical skills.


Second step: You should not be intimidated to get inspired from “Design Strategies” of successful architects

Here are the design strategies REX Architects and Joshua Prince-Ramus had chosen to be inspired from…all design strategies are inspired from Rem Koolhaas the “Spiritual father


The explanations and images are taken from REX’s site

Thank you Joshua Prince-Ramus ,for sharing your “Designs Strategies

It will also be interesting to visit my previous post and learn more about Rem koolhaas’s “Design Strategies”

1.the  “Augmented reality strategy”

The ideal office blocks are raised to the planning regulation’s height limit

2.The “Stacking Diagram design Strategy”

3. The “Environment strategy”

The two towers are shifted to make the best possible daylighting relationships between them and their neighbors, and are sheathed in vertical fins of aluminum (CLC) and stone (MSFL) for self-shading and glare control.

…to maximize their property value, views, daylight, and iconographic potential

4. The “Wrap a Schema strategy”

To clearly understand the “Wrap a Schema strategy” visit my post showing Bjarke Ingels and other talented architects” Wrapped buildings“.

 eliinbar’s sketch 2012 – Design Strategies of successful architects


in my Facebook

REX Architects & ” Conscious Inspiration”

Posted in buildings, public buildings with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on November 13, 2010 by eliinbar

REX  architects office with Joshua Prince-Ramus as princial ,is one of the leading architects offices in recent years.

Here  are four projects designed by REX ,in the years Rem Koolhaas was still a partner And after….  and their inspiration sources..

For you to judge….

1.  enlightenment inspiration

Zumthor Architect

 Kunsthaus ( Art Museum )


REX Architects 

  Munch Museum

 Oslo _ Norway


From eliinbar’s sketchbook 2010 – enlightenment inspiration



2.  Wrap- Up Inspiration

Neutelings Riedijk Architect

 Mas Museum

REX architects

Kortrijk Library

Kortrijk – Belgium

From eliinbar’s sketchbook 2010 – Wrap- Up Inspiration




3. Typological Inspiration

REX architects _ Museum Plaza _ Louisville _ Kentuky _ USA

MVRDV Architects _ Mirador _ Sanchinarro _ Spain

From eliinbar’s sketchbook 2010  -Typological Inspiration




4.  Formal Inspiration

Le Corbusier

 Le palais du Gouverneur


 REX Architects

Vakko Fashion Center

And Power Media Center

From eliinbar’s sketchbook 2010 – Formal Inspiration



Two quotations from the REXs’ site, describing the firm’s Approach :

1. Architects have retreated from the accountability (and productivity) of Master Builders to the safety (and impotence) of stylists.

2. The media sells simple, catchy ideas; it reduces teams to individuals and their collaborative work to genius sketches. The proliferation of this false notion of “starchitecture” diminishes the real teamwork that drives celebrated architecture.

 Very exciting …. REX Describe two of the reasons why I suggest to implement “Conscious Inspiration”….

 Availability of the “ architecture  information” probably affects the planning processes and thinking of the modern architecture  Office. I hope the planning process that I like to call “Conscious Inspiration” Will give architects the tools to cope with the abundance of information, and  Create quality and creative architecture….

Eli Inbar


in my Facebook