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Steven Holl , El Lissitzky and the HORIZONTAL SKYSCRAPERS

Posted in buildings, public buildings with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 17, 2012 by eliinbar

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

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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?

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Epilogue:

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    https://archidialog.com/2010/03/08/le-corbusier-steven-holl/

La Tourette ” Conscios Inspiration” 2 https://archidialog.com/2010/09/20/la-tourette-conscios-inspiration-2/ 

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