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MVRDV Inspiration …. Or a self fulfilling prophecy

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From eliinbar’s sketchbook 2012 – MVRDV Inspiration …. Or a self fulfilling prophecy


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In this post we will learn about MVRDV’s Inspiration sources …. Or maybe it’s a “self fulfilling prophecy”….

For you to judge….

In the next image a building designed by Rem Koolhaas in Bangkok, Thailand in 1996 .

The building is designed according to the “Stacking Diagram design Strategy”

Rem Koolhaas & OMA Architects

The Hyperbuilding , A self-contained city for 120,000 inhabitants with housing, education, culture, welfare, medical facilities, amusement, industry, retail .

 Bangkok, Thailand  1996

How does the “Stacking Diagram design Strategy” works? 

First step: definition of size and shape of the spaces in accordance with the program.

Second step: designing the building as a “stacking Diagram” emphasizing the program.

 eliinbar’s sketchbook 2012 – Rem Koolhaas and the The Hyperbuilding

For more information about theStacking Diagram design Strategyvisit my post

Rem Koolhaas -“They were All my sons”– Bjarke Ingels Group – BIG & MVRDV& REX & FREE

 From  eliinbar’s sketchbook 2012   OMA’s “Stacking Diagram” design Strategy-


In the next images….buildings designed by two of Rem Koolhaas’s former employees/partners .

Today they are part of the world’s leading architectural firms …. REX- (Joshua Prince-Ramus) and BIG-(Bjarke Ingels)

REX architects

MuseumPlaza  Louisville  Kentuky

 USA published 2005

Bjarke Ingels group- BIG  architects:

cross # towers

seoul , korea published 2012

Recently was published in ARCHDAILY

a new building ,designed by another Rem Koolhaas’s former employees/partners…. MVRDV

MVRDV Architects

vertical city integrates retail, offices, housing, a luxury hotel, four levels of parking, a wedding house, a mosque, an imax theater and an outdoor amphitheater

 Jakarta, Indonesia

Published in ARCHDAILY 2012

 eliinbar’s sketchbook 2012 – MVRDV Inspiration …. A self fulfilling prophecy

Note the similarity in three projects…you can easily Identify the primary components of the buildings ….the Stacking Process has a clear visual expression….


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 13 years ago MVRDV won a world wide competition to design Berlin Voids housing project, a vertical block marking the void left by the Berlin Wall….a three-dimensional puzzle of individual apartments.

MVRDV Architects

Model-Berlin Voids

 Competition 1991

eliinbar’s sketchbook 2010 -MVRDV and Rem Koolhaas &REX….the Stacking Diagram design Strategy”



I can estimate

that the Berlin Voids housing project designed by MVRDV in early 90s is the source of inspiration for the “Stacking Diagram design Strategy”? 


Well…Is MVRDV’s Berlin Voids housing project designed in the 90’s is MVRDV’s “self fulfilling prophecy“?


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MVRDV Architects

vertical city, Jakarta, Indonesia

Published 2012

Finally, it is hard to ignore another two dominant planning strategies,highlighted in MVRDV’s  Jakarta’s  vertical city building ….

I call them “Multi Style Buildings Trend” and the “Revolving/Rotated floors buildings”


“Multi Style Buildings Trend”:   Buildings designed by one architect divided into several parts. Each part of the building is characterized by a different architectural style.( materials, different morphology, the building envelope, the building openings etc.)

For more information about the Multi Style Buildings Trend”visit my post –The New “Multi Style BuildingsTrend” – Herzog-De-Meuron & Jean Nouvel & Dominique Perrault & Massimiliano and Doriana Fuksas

eliinbar’s Sketchbook 2012 – “Multi Style Buildings Trend”

“Revolving/Rotated floors buildings”: For more information about the Revolving/Rotated floors buildingsvisit my post: Expo 2010 Part Eight – The “Revolving/Rotated floors buildings”

eliinbar’s Sketches 2010 – “ Revolving \ Rotated  floors   buildings “


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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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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


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Rem Koolhaas the inspirational “spiritual father”….

Posted in buildings, public buildings with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 5, 2012 by eliinbar


In this Post we will see….  “Conscious Inspiration” exists at  best “families”

This is the “Conscious Inspiration” short story of two OMA’s graduates: BIG (Bjarke Ingels) and REX (Joshua Prince-Ramus) 


Like in all good families there are mutual influences….

Look at the buildings designed lately by REX and BIG architects in Seoul City , shown in the next images

for you to judge….

REX architects  Project R6

 apartments  building

Yongsan International Business District of Seoul, South Korea  2012-2016

Bjarke Ingels group- BIG  architects

cross # towers Seoul , korea

published 2012


Eliinbar’s Sketches 2012 – BIG’s & REX’s “Stacking Diagram design Strategy”….

It is noticeable for the observer…. most likely, BIG’s and REX’s  source of  inspiration is the “Stacking Diagram design Strategy” developed by the “spiritual fatherRem Koolhaas….but they do it”consciously 

What do I mean by doing it “consciously”?

 The “Conscious Inspiration Method”  is about bringing something of your self.

 REX for example, morphologically gets inspired from theStacking Diagram design Strategy but they add their own Interpretation….They design large inner courtyard garden that apartments will overlook it from within the tower’s upper storeys.

For more information about REX’s  Project R6 go to DEZEEN.COM

You are invited to visit my relevant post, Rem-Koolhaas-they-were-all-my-sons: BIG, MVRDV,REX,FREE-and learn more about the“Inspiration Sources” of BIG and REX  and the “stacking Diagram design Strategy .

This is an Eliinbar’s sketch  from the “stacking Diagram design Strategy post….On the left, a project designed by the Dutch firm MVRDV for the “Berlin Voids competition”, on the right REX’s Museum Plaza …….

Are MVRDV’s “Berlin Voids competition” the inspiration origins of the “stacking Diagram design Strategy”?


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A “small talk” about “Conscious inspiration”

With the methodology of “conscious Inspiration”, we don’t need to be intimidated to get inspired from relevant buildings.

Be inspired consciously from existing buildings, and you will experience a unique design process that will serve your creative desires….

But first we must develop our “TOOLS” or in other words, our” Codex rules”…. 

In my previous posts I published numerous “Design Strategies” = “TOOLS” ”= “Codex rules”, of talent and well known architects

You are invited to visit my previous posts and learn more about  ”Codex rules” of leading architects like Frank Gehry, Zaha Hadid, Rem Koolhaas, Morphosis and others….


 Here is a short list of my previous posts , Presenting the “Design Strategies” = TOOLS” ”= “Codex rules” of leading architects

1. Zaha Hadid & Frank Lloyd Wright ….Do aspirations for reality begins in our drawings?

 2. Morphosis “Floor plan strategy”

 3. Learning from Frank Gehry ….Chapter 1 ,His Design Tools

 4. Learning from Frank Gehry ….Chapter 2  His floor plan Strategy

 5. Learning from Frank Gehry .  ….Chapter 3 – the “Clinging Statue Strategy”

6. Learning from Zaha Hadid

7. Bjarke Ingels Group – BIG….how they do it?

Once we develop our “TOOLS”=”Codex rules”, it will lead us to high quality and creative architecture.


What do say about gathering all the leading architects “Codex rules” ,in a “very small book”?


Rem Koolhaas -“They were All my sons”– Bjarke Ingels Group – BIG & MVRDV& REX & FREE

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 From  eliinbar’s sketchbook 2012  OMA’s “design Strategies”

Inspiration sketch Gallery (ISG) by Eli Inbar

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Following the previous posts  about Bjarke Ingels Group – BIG,  I will show In this post, several design strategies, inspired by Rem Koolhaas.

 The architectural firm OMA.
was established in 1975 by Rem Koolhaas and  partners.

Today OMA is  considered one of the world’s most innovative architect firms..

 Some of its former employees/partners  have become the world’s leading architectural firms working today. (Zaha Hadid , MVRDV,  REX ,  BIG, FREE)


I will Start with the design strategy I like to call  the“stacking Diagram” ,developed by Rem Koolhaas  in the 90th , and became the inspiration source  for his former employees /partners  ….


More design strategies , will be detailed in my future posts ….See the sketch above….

 The “stacking Diagram” , design Strategy:

 Rem Koolhaas & OMA Architects

The Hyperbuilding , A self-contained city for 120,000 inhabitants with housing, education, culture, welfare, medical facilities, amusement, industry, retail .

 Bangkok, Thailand  1996

In the image above are two models of the  Hyperbuilding ,exemplify Rem Koolhaas’s & OMA’s  “stacking Diagram”, design Strategy

MVRDV Architects Mirador residential building

Sanchinarro Madrid-Spain ( in Collaboration with Blanca Lleo’ Asociados)


More information about MVRDV Architects and “Conscious Inspiration” visit  my post  MVRDV & Le Corbusier and the ultimate inspirational roof terrace

In the image above are two diagram arrangements,exemplify MVRDV’s  “stacking Diagram”, design Strategy

 REX architects

Museum Plaza  Louisville  Kentuky

 USA published 2005

More information about Rex Architects and “Conscious Inspiration” visit  my post  REX Architects &” Conscious Inspiration”

On the right  ,REX ‘s  “stacking Diagram”, design Strategy for the Museum Plaza.


Bjarke Ingels group- BIG  architects:

cross # towers

seoul , korea published 2012

 From  eliinbar’s sketchbook 2012   OMA’s “Stacking Diagram” design Strategy-

Note the similarity in the design process,in four projects

See my sketch below….explaining the “Stacking Diagram” design Strategy

First step, definition of size and shape of the spaces in accordance with the program.

Second step, designing the building  as a “stacking Diagram”  emphasizing the program.

 From  eliinbar’s sketchbook 2012   OMA’s “stacking Diagram” design Strategy-


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