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No one escapes from Le Corbusier’s “raising Ramp-trend” Richard Meier , Oscar Niemeyer, Snohetta, Jean Nouvel ….

Posted in buildings, public buildings with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 29, 2012 by eliinbar

from  Eliinbar’s Sketchbook 2012- Le Corbusier’s “raising Ramp-trend”

Happy to be back after a long and challenging vacation….

In this post I will share with you a new “Conscious Inspiration” story….

The Story of the”Raising Ramp Trend”.

As always….
I’ll be brief in presenting the historical background of the “Raising Ramp
The Full story is complex and long….(I may write more about it in the book I will publish before my retirement….)

The “Raising Ramp” planning component highlighting the building’s entrance….
And suggests the main traffic strategy inside the building

The interesting and significant chapter in this story begins with a project designed by Le Corbusier in the sixties.

The Carpenter Center for Visual Arts built at 1963 in the Harvard University, shown in the image below.

Le Corbusier’s Carpenter Center forVisual Arts

Harvard University Cambridge

Massachusetts 1963

Richard Meier a contemporary recognized and influential Architect, frequently uses the principle of the ”Raising Ramp” in several of his buildings .

Le Corbusier unique style is recognized as Richard Meier ”inspiration sources”,  from the time Richard Meier was still part of a group called “The New York Five” in the seventies.

The High Museum of Art designed and built by Richard Meier  in 1983 shown in the image below,  is a relevant example.

Richard Meier Architect

High Museum of Art

Atlanta – Georgia , U.S  1983 

Architect Oscar Niemeyer of  Corbusier’s generation,  is still designing
contemporary architectural, using the principle of the “Raising Ramp

An example of this, see the image below of the Art  Museum Niterói designed by Oscar Niemeyer  in the nineties.

Oscar Niemeyer Architect

Contemporary Art Museum Niterói

Niterói, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, completed in 1996.

Another example from the beginning of the decade
Is a the Oslo Opera House designed by the Snohetta Architectural firm.

The unique design of the Oslo Opera House is a good example of implementing the principals of the “conscious inspiration method

Snohetta took the design principle of “Raising Ramp” a step forward….

They gave a new interpretation to the idea of of the “Raising Ramp

You are invited to visit my relevant post with more examples of the
buildings that Invite the public to climb on them

Snohetta Architects

Oslo Opera House

2004-2007

Finally, three buildings recently designed according to the “conscious inspiration principles” ….
they all implement , in a creative way, Le Corbusier’sRaising Ramp

Jean Nouvel  Architect

La Philharmonie de Paris

Designed for a Competition  2007 , now under construction

Note  the entrance ramp

C. F. Møller Architects

Children’s House

Odense Denmark    2010

gmp architekten

Hangzhou  south railway station

china ,competition: 2011–1st prize

More examples of the “raising Ramp-trend”will be published in my blog course of the weekend ..

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Chicago Tribune tower Competition, 1922 and the “Conscious Inspiration Chain” 2

Posted in buildings, public buildings with tags , , , , , , , on May 11, 2011 by eliinbar

Fromeliinbar’s sketchbook   Chicago Tribune  1922 “Conscios Inspiration Chain” 2

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

This post Is about two talented architects….


Their  sources of inspiration for a glorious career  are Probably the proposals of Adolf Loos and Walter Gropius  to the international design competition for the new Chicago Tribune office building in 1922 (see my previous Post)

Michael Graves and Richard Meier were part of the New York Five (  New York City architects).Peter EisenmanMichael GravesCharles GwathmeyJohn Hejduk and Richard Meier.

Their works were published in Museum of Modern Art exhibition in the 60’s and in a book  Five Architects  in the 70’s. 

These five had a common allegiance to a pure form of architectural modernism, harkening back to the work of Le Corbusier in the 1920s and 1930s 

At The 80’s Graves embraced postmodernism and

Meier’s buildings remain truest to the modernist aesthetic

  Walter Gropius / Adolf Meyer architects  

Chicago Tribune

Competition entry, 1922

Richard Meier Architect

redevelopment of Madison Square Garden,

competition late 1980’s

Adolf Loos architect

  Chicago Tribune

Competition entry, 1922

Michel Graves Architect

Denver Central Library

 expanded by Graves  in 1995

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In my blog, I juxtapose examples of projects without the intention to insinuate that one architect copied from another, but rather to spur a dialog among architects.

The goal is to encourage an architectural planning process that I like to call Conscious Inspiration. 

I am obviously not the first to consider this approach:

Le Corbusier mentions in one of his books that his sources of inspiration for the Cathedral of Ron Champ was Villa Adriana at Tivoli. The French architect  Emile Aillaud describes in his writings that his source of inspiration for 3 office buildings in LA Defense (near Paris) was the Piazza Dei Miracoli  with the Tower of Pisa. Louis Kahan eventually got his inspiration  to design the  Hurva Synagogue from the Temple of Solomon in Jerusalem, and Tadao Ando traveled all over Europe to get inspired by existing buildings as a way to train  him self to become an architect..

 

So far, I have only scratched the surface of this concept, and I am in the beginning of this journey. I believe the journey itself may lead us architects to a more rigorous architectural planning.

 

Eli Inbar

 


La Tourette ” Conscios Inspiration” 2

Posted in buildings, public buildings with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on September 20, 2010 by eliinbar

Inspiration sketch Gallery (ISG) by Eli Inbar

 

Floor plans can be a Source of inspiration for architects.

We can call these  plans “Generating Plans” …. A floor plan which generates inspiration.

Here are Two examples of “ Conscious inspiration”.

La Tourette floor plans inspired talented architects….

1. The Wall Buildings:


La Tourette Floor Plan Level 3

Hedjuk Architect

 Wall House 2

 Gronigen , The netherlands ,1967-73

Richard Meier Architect

Museum of Contemporary Art

Barcelona , 1992-95

                             La Tourette  Eliinbar sketches 2010

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Richard Alan Meier was born in 1934 in Newark New Jersey. Twenty-five years later – after graduating from Cornell University’s Architecture School, and after Cornell, working briefly for SOM – Meier decided that the best mentor he could personally select was Swiss-born architect, Charles-Edouard Jeanneret. Of course, most of us know Jeanneret by the name he gave himself – ‘Le Corbusier‘ a spin on his grandfather’s name that resembled this French word for Raven.To meet the great man, Meier would need to travel to Paris. Once there, he intended to ask Le Corbusier if he could become an intern. And oh, by the way, he would make this request with an attached offer that he believed that Le Corbusier could not refuse – he would work for free.
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La-Tourette
                                                                          –Hejduk Architect _ Wall House2
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Richard Meier _ Museum of Contemporary Art _ Barcelona 
 
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John Hedjuk profound interest in the fundamental issues of shape, organization,representation, and reciprocity. He argued that the first duty of architecture is to challenge and inspire:At la Tourette Le Corbusier emphasize the hierarchy between the big prier room and small one by putting the Small  one “outside the wall” In the “Wall HouseHedjuk  employs the same  vocabulary of Le Corbusier to explore the relationship between inside and outside  , in a more extreme way than did the Swiss-French master.
 
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2. The Multi levels Cloister Concept 

                                          La Tourette Floor Plan 1
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Steven Holl Architect _ American Memorial Library _ Berlin_ Competition 1988Floor Plans
 

                           La Tourette  Eliinbar sketches 2010

La Tourette

Steven Holl Architect _ American Memorial Library – Model

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