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Tadao Ando and the Azuma House ….the most identified example of the “Concentrated Facade” strategy.

Posted in buildings, public buildings with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 20, 2012 by eliinbar


from Eliinbar’s Sketch book 2012  Tadao Ando and the “Concentrated Facades Strategy

In my previous post  

I learned about Rafael Moneo‘s and SANAA’s “Ideal Disorder Façades design strategy

In this post I will share with you another conmon façade strategy, inspired by Tadao Ando  Azuma House ….

Tadao Ando’s Azuma House in Osaka Japan, is one of the first and most Influencing buildings, planed according to the design strategy I like to Call  “Concentrated Facades”.

Tadao Ando’s  Azuma House front concentrated façade, is shown in the next image

Tadao Ando

 Azuma House

Osaka, Japan 1975-1976

This is the main entrance from the street to the Azuma House .

Note that the only opening at the main facade, is the door….

 

What are the origins of this strategy?

For what are “Concentrated Facades” good for? 

Look at the next images showing talented Architects applying the “Concentrated Facades Strategy

 Is it just a trend?

Well, opposed to other “trends” presented in previous posts of mine….

In this post I will show examples of talented Architects that are getting inspired from the visual aspect of the “Concentrated Facades” strategy

 But they all add their own invention to it ….

And this is basically the main essence of the “conscious inspiration method

 Here are some examples of talented architects ,that implement the”Concentrated Facades” strategy consciously.

Rafael Moneo

Rafael Moneo Architect

biblioteca universidad de Deusto

 Bilbao 2009

Notice the Semi-transparent façade…. It meets the specific needs of a library filtered light.

And to emphasize the main entrance of a public building, Rafael Moneo opens a large “Three-dimensional window” above it.

More information about Rafael Moneo biblioteca Universidad in  A F A S I A

Steven Holl

Steven Holl Architect

Bellevue Art Museum Galleries, classrooms, cafe, auditorium Bellevue

Washington inaugurated on January 2001

Notice the closed umber façades…. It meets the specific needs of Galleries and auditorium.

There are large openings in the façade, in three main areas:

1. From the Side of the roof , illuminating the galleries with  Indirect lighting.

2. To emphasize the main entrance.

3. To illuminate the café with natural light.

More information about Steven Holl Bellevue Art Museum in  STEVEN HOLL architects

Alvaro Siza

Alvaro Siza Architect

Mimesis Museum South Korea

Completed: 2009

To emphasize the main entrance of a public building Alvaro Siza opens generously the ground level to the public (Many of Alvaro Siza Buildings are characterized by this motif)

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More information about Alvaro Siza Mimesis Museum go to

Carlos Ferrater

Carlos Ferrater Architect OAB office of architecture

Catalonia Convention Centre

 2004

Much of Carlos Ferrater buildings are being built in hot places with a lot of solar radiation.

He is aware of that. So in many of his buildings , openings are concentrated and protected by slats.

Another feature…. Carlos Ferrater frequently makes use of is the concentration openings to facilitate prefabricated construction, characteristic mainly in residential projects.

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Here are more examples of buildings applying the “Concentrated Facades Strategy”

Atelier Hitoshi Abe Ftown Building

House in Minamimachi by Suppose Design Office

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CARLOS FERRATER  Architect GROUP AZAHAR HEADQUARTERS Castellon de la Plana.

Published in mmminimal June 27th, 2012

Parish Church Complex of Marco de Canevezes, Portugal. It was designed by Portuguese architect Alvaro Siza with Rolando Torgo and completed in 1990

Alvaro Siza Architect Mimesis Museum South Korea Completed: 2009

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“Conscious Inspiration” the ultimate inspiration methodology

I invite you all to contribute in developing the attitude and tools towards the viability of the “Conscious Inspiration” Method.

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.

Eli Inbar

 

 

 

 

A GREEN Tower inspired by MVRDV,and Steven Holl……But if you want to design a Green Building, Le Corbusier is the ultimate inspiration source ….

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From Eliinbar’s Sketch book 2012 GREEN Tower- inspiration source

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Here is the short story of a brilliant architecture firm, DCPP Arquitectos, that are not intimidated to be inspired from “relevant buildings”. 

First let’s see what were the “relevant buildings”, that were DCPP Arquitectos’s inspiration sources, when designing the Green Tower.

 For you to judge….

MVRDV Architects

WoZoCo Housing

Amsterdam  1994 – 1997

DCPP Arquitectos

20-storey residential building (Green Tower)

Lima, Peru   Published in 23 August 2012  in DEZEEN

From Eliinbar’s Sketch book 2012 GREEN Tower- inspiration source

Steven Holl Architect

 housing

Fukuoka Japan, 1989-1991

DCPP Arquitectos

20-storey residential building (Green Tower)

 Lima, Peru   Published in 23 August 2012  in DEZEEN

From Eliinbar’s Sketch book 2012 GREEN Tower- inspiration source

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These days it’s Trendy to speak about sustainable architecture – or in its more familiar name ….GREEN buildings.

Some of the GREEN buildings put a “green button” on their facades….Combine energy-guzzling expensive machines doing miracles and wonders with waste, water, etc. 

Other buildings…….. like the GREEN Tower proposed for Lima, Peru, by Mexican studio DCPP Arquitectos choose to deal with the challenge of designing a green building, using “conservative” design strategies inspired by Le Corbusier.

You are invited to visit my post  and learn more about Le Corbusier’s ”grille climatique“. (A climate systematic analysis he developed in the 50s)

Here are some of le Corbusier’s sketches representing his “conservative” design- strategies principles, to design GREEN buildings.

The sketches were made from 1950 to 1965  for Chandigarh, India.

The Original sketches are from the FONDATION LE CORBUSIER

Are Le Corbusier’s Green Buildings strategy, the inspiration sources for DCPP Arquitectos’s  Green Tower?

 for you to judge

This is Le corbusier’s sketch showing his GREEN buildings strategy

Notice the cross ventilation that becomes possible because of the horizontal openings in the building envelope

 

See the next image…. And this is how DCPP Arquitectos do it in the GREEN Tower

Notice the large horizontal openings that Allow cross ventilation

And this is Le corbusier’s second sketch showing his GREEN buildings strategy

Notice the Open spaces surrounding the building with vegetation. 

See the next image…. And this is how DCPP Arquitectos do it in the GREEN Tower.

Notice the exterior spaces surrounding the building with vegetation and water.

And this is Le corbusier’s third sketch showing his GREEN buildings strategy

Notice the Openings in the building envelope to Improve crossing  air movement

See the next image….and this is how DCPP Arquitectos do it in the GREEN Tower

Notice the vertical space  to improve air movement.

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“Conscious Inspiration” the ultimate inspiration methodology

I invite you all to contribute in developing the attitude and tools towards the viability of the “Conscious Inspiration” Method.

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.

Eli Inbar

Bjarke Ingels ,Zaha Hadid and SANAA are getting inspired Consciously from Steven Holl’s “Sponge Concept”.

Posted in buildings, public buildings with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 20, 2012 by eliinbar

From  eliinbar’s sketch book 2010 – The evolution of the Steven Holl’s “Sponge Concept”

Somewhere in the 90’, Steven Holl studied a new morphological design notion…..The “Menger Sponge” 

The next image is a concept model showing the ““Menger Sponge

And this is  Steven Holl’s  Sarphatistraat offices

Steven Holl Architects

 Sarphatistraat offices

Amsterdam, The Netherlands  1996 – 2000

For more information visit  ARCHDAILY.COM  

It seems as if  Steven Holl’s exterior design, was inspired by the “Menger sponge”….Notice the largest square openings in the center of each facade.

One Year later Steven Holl designed the Simmons Hall and implemented his “Sponge Concept” design strategy ….

Steven Holl’s Sketch showing a typical Simmons hall’s vertical section 1999-2002

Note the vertical shapeless spaces in Steven Holl’s sketch, colored in white.

A reasonable assumption ….Steve Holl’s inspiration source is

The unique structure of a “sponge”

And the next image, is Steven Holl‘s Simmons hall in MIT Cambridge USA 1999-2002

Notice the inspiration effect of the “Menger Sponge” on Steven Holl’s Facades..

Notice also the external expression of the “sponge Concept “…. the “amoeba shaped” openings.

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Two years later Steven Holl designed a building for Nanning ,China  and once more he implements the “Sponge Concept” design strategy ….

Steven Holl Architect

Sketch for Nanning 2002

Well ….is this a “Sponge Building” or not?

And this is Zaha Hadid’s King Abdullah II House of Culture and Art , inspired by the “Sponge Concept”design strategy

Zaha Hadid  Architect

King Abdullah II House of Culture and Art

Amman 2010

And this is Bjarke Ingels’s Ted Building , inspired by the “Sponge Concept” design strategy

Bjarke Ingels Architect (BIG)

Ted Building

Taiwan – Competition  2010

  eliinbar’s sketch 2010 – getting inspired consciously ……..from Steven Holl’s  “Sponge Concept”.

This is the last building…….. but it’s not the end of the list

What do you say about the Rolex Learning Center designed by SANAA Architects ….Is it another building inspired by the “Sponge Concept” design strategy?

SANAA  Architects

Rolex Learning Center

Lausanne, Switzerland 2004-2010

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Bjarke Ingels And Zaha Hadid Dancing all the way to the “Conscious Inspiration” and beyond….

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

From  eliinbar’s sketch book 2012  Bjarke Ingels And Zaha Hadid Dancing all the way to the “Conscious Inspiration” and beyond….

Inspiration sketch Gallery (ISG) by Eli Inbar

This is the “conscious Inspiration” short Story of Zaha Hadid representative of the older generation,

And Bjarke Ingels representative of the younger generation….

Both of them, graduates of Rem Koolhaas’s  “academy”

The next image is a building designed by Zaha hadid in 2007. Inspired by Steven Holl’s  “Sponge Concept”  …. more about the “Sponge Concept”  visit my post:

Zaha Hadid & Steven Holl – the “Sponge Concept” –  “Conscious Inspiration”

Zaha Hadid Architect

The Opus Commercial Towers

Dubai 2007

Notice in Zaha Hadid’s Opus Commercial Towers, the dominant design characteristics of the perforated box with the morphological of a sponge.

And this is a sketch of mine….showing the evolution of Steven Holl’s “Sponge Concept” 

From eliinbar’s sketch book 2010 – the Evolution of Steven Holl’s “Sponge Concept” 

Inspiration sketch Gallery (ISG) by Eli Inbar

The next image is the Shenzhen International Energy Mansion designed in 2009 , by a very successful graduate of Rem Koolhaass  academy…. 

The most prominent representative of the younger generation…. Bjarke Ingels .

Bjarke Ingels Architect (BIG)

Shenzhen International Energy Mansion

first prize in the international competition 2009

Notice Bjarke Ingels’s Shenzhen International Energy Mansion, dominant design characteristics of the perforated box ,with the morphological of a sponge.

From  eliinbar’s sketch book 2012  Bjarke Ingels And Zaha Hadid the “Sponge Concept”

Inspiration sketch Gallery (ISG) by Eli Inbar

And these two buildings ,were designed by Zaha Hadid and Bjarke Ingels

Two years apart

 

Not much to add

You judge….

Zaha Hadid  Architect

“Dancing Towers”

Dubai  2006

Bjarke Ingels Group-BIG Architects

Mixed-use office and residential building

 Prague , published September 30, 2008

From  eliinbar’s sketch book 2012  Bjarke Ingels And Zaha Hadid “Dancing Towers

Inspiration sketch Gallery (ISG) by Eli Inbar

If you are interested to explore Zaha hadid’s Inspiration Sources origins to the “Dancing Towers

You Are invited to visit my post

Zaha Hadid & MVRDV – “Conscious Inspiration”

As an advance. …. see the following sketch

  eliinbar’s sketch 2010 , MVRDV And Zaha Hadid “Dancing Towers

Inspiration sketch Gallery (ISG) by Eli Inbar

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Zaha Hadid, Frank Gehry and Morphosis….The dominant representatives of The new age of Architectural Envelopes

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Inspiration sketch Gallery (ISG) by Eli Inbar– 

What is a building envelope? 

The building envelope is the physical separator between the interior and the exterior.

It was not always been like that…. 

It was Le Corbusier that helped us liberate the envelope from the internal structure with his “Dominos houses”.

Domino House (1914–1915) is an open floor plan structures , supported by reinforced concrete columns meaning that the floor space was free to be configured into rooms without concern for supporting walls and the physical expression of the building envelope, is subject to the interpretation of Its Architect.

 This is an old sketch of mine, showing contemporary expressions to Le Corbusier’s “Dominos houses”.

Eliinbar’s Sketches, contemporary expressions to Le Corbusier’s “Dominos houses”.

Since  Le Corbusier…. architects made number of measures for total separation between the building envelope and its internal structure.

In this post I will show three leading architects taking advantage of the evolution that accorded in building envelopes,

Each one of them expresses in his building ,his own -“Envelopes Design Strategy”

Zaha Hadid’s  -“Shell Structures envelopes”

From  eliinbar’s Sketchbook 2011  , Zaha Hadid’s Inspiration Sources

Zaha Hadid Architect

mixed-use building Budapest,Hungary

 March 2007     

Zaha Hadid is inspired by the Budapest’s rich architectural heritage and Thin-shell structures

 

Frank Gehry’s  -“Envelopes Design Strategy”

From eliinbar’s Sketchbook  2011 Learning from Frank Gehry

Frank GehryArchitect

 Disney Concert Hall typical Floor Plan

 Los Angeles California 1987-2003

Frank Gehry Architect

 Disney Concert Hall

Thanks Martin for this picture ,of the built structure

From  Eliinbar’s sketches 2011  , Learning from Frank Gehry

What did I learn from Frank Gehry’s -“Envelopes Design Strategy”? 

Gehry is very aware to the “needs” of the building,like once said Le Corbusier “a house is a machine for living”. 

He designs buildings with effective floor plans 

He does not give up his desire for creativity and uniqueness.

Gehry develops his “Envelopes Design Strategy and uses his architect skills to realize his architectural vision…”sculptural buildings”

Thom Mayne founder of  Los Angeles firm Morphosis – “screen sculptural envelopes”

From eliinbar’s sketchbook 2012  Morphosis’s Floor plan strategy

Typical floor plan of the Sciences Building of Cooper Union College in New York designed by the Morphosis firm

Thom Mayne  founder of Los Angeles firm Morphosis

Sciences Building of Cooper Union college

in New York. 2009

From  eliinbar’s sketchbook 2012  Morphosis’s Floor plan strategy

So Morphosis ”floor plan  strategy” is now clear….  

1. Simple cube-shaped building with an Interior core designed by the principles of the “sponge concept” (you are invited to sea my post about Steven Holl’s “sponge concept”).

2. And a sculptural façade created by a steel screen fluctuates in its offset from the cube. (You are invited to sea my post about the three dimensional “Mashrabiya Envelopes” and some other of my relevant posts listed at the end).

I think we can summarize this post with the following statement:

“The most dominant characteristic of contemporary architecture, is liberating the envelope from its internal building

You are invited to visit my relevant posts:

Conscious Inspiration Facades 2 https://archidialog.com/2011/03/08/conscious-inspiration-facades-2/

The”Mashrabiya Envelopes” – Conscious Inspiration https://archidialog.com/2011/03/17/the%e2%80%9dmashrabiya-envelopes%e2%80%9d-conscioous-inspiration/

Conscious Inspiration “Facades” https://archidialog.com/2011/02/22/conscious-inspiration-facades/

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Zaha Hadid and the “Floating Buildings Trend”

Posted in buildings, public buildings with tags , , , , , , , , , , on June 11, 2012 by eliinbar

Zaha Hadid is probably leading a world architectural trend I like to call the “Floating Buildings Trend”.

If I may express my opinion…. Zaha Hadid’s visionary “Floating Buildings” are a solution worth learning and experiencing ….In hot countries like mine…. it’s a relevant solution for overcrowded cities, lacking covered urban spaces.

The following image is a project designed by Zaha Hadid in Moscow. It is the Expo Centre exhibition halls and residential tower project.

Zaha Hadid Architects

Expo Centre exhibition halls and residential tower project

Moscow Russia Published in 2007 ( for more pictures and plans see the internet Magazine WAN)

From Eliinbar Sketch book 2012 – the“Floating buildings trend

Here is a Sketch, published in a previous post of mine.  It examines the option that Zaha Hadid’s inspiration sources for the “Floating buildings trend” are Le Corbusier’s visionary piloties, developed in the 50s….

For the complete story of this sketch , you are invited to visit my post:  https://archidialog.com/2010/07/11/le-corbusier-zaha-hadid-les-pilotis-conscious-inspiration-1/

The next sketch, examines Steven Holl’s Interpretation to the “Floating buildings trend

From Eliinbar Sketch book 2012 -the “Floating buildings trend

For the complete story of this sketch , you are invited to visit my post   https://archidialog.com/2012/01/17/steven-holl-el-lissitzky-and-the-horizontal-skyscrapers/

And finally a sketch that examines a “Cousin” of the “Floating buildings trend” the “Moving Buildings Trend” that its origins are probably the Archigram-group that worked in the 60s

For the complete story of this sketch. You are invited to visit my post:  https://archidialog.com/2011/07/05/

“Conscious Inspiration” – to be inspired consciously….

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Bjarke Ingels Group – BIG…. the most Conscious Inspiration firm working today – Chapter one.

Posted in buildings, public buildings with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 20, 2012 by eliinbar

From  Eliinbar’s sketchbook 2012 BIG, the most Conscious Inspiration Firm working today

It took me a while to clearly determine ….

The most significant Architecture Firm working today…. that implements the “conscious Inspiration Method”….in Perfection …. Is  Bjarke Ingels Group BIG

 

In This Post and the Following I’ll check my assumption …For you to Judge….

I will start  with the first guiding principle in the “conscious inspiration method” – “Knowledge”

Here are two of Bjarke-Ingelss’ quotes from an interview he made in 2009 for archi-ninja.com. I can assume these quotes reflect Bjarke-Ingels approach to knowledge

We don’t concern ourselves with being trendy”,“in general we tend to study the works of our dead ancestors rather than our contemporaries

dead don’t complain when you ‘steal’ their ideas ;- )” 

“The best way to learn architecture is to fall in love with architects that do it well (and their work.)”

What did I learn from Bjarke-Ingels quotes about his approach to knowledge? 

1. Bjarke-Ingels is not intimidated to get inspired from relevant buildings and architects.

2. He develops techniques how to choose the right building to be his “Inspiration Source.

3. The “Inspiration Source building” will play the role of the “Planning Process Generator” to be used later in his design process….

 

 Here is a building designed by BIG + JDS = PLOT  that demonstrates how Bjarke-Ingels’s applies the “Conscious Inspiration Method

 

BIG + JDS = PLOT Architects

apartments building Copenhagen, Denmark

Construction period: 2004 – 2005 more information you can fined in Arch daily

And Here is Steven Holl’s Building Designed In the 80s’ ..

Steven Holl Architect

HYBRID BUILDING hotel suites, shops and offices

Seaside, FL, United States, 1984-1988  (Isometric view)

Notice the dominant configuration of the balconies in a form of triangles

BIG most likely are focusing on the morphological aspect

of Steven Holl’s building as their “Planning Process Generator”.

From  eliinbar’s sketchbook 2012 BIG, the most Conscious Inspiration Firm working today

 

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“Conscious Inspiration” the ultimate inspiration methodology

I invite you all to contribute in developing the attitude and tools towards the viability of the “Conscious Inspiration” Method.

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:knowledgetools and invention.

Knowledge”: as many said, and wrote before – Knowledge is the foundation for all designing process. We 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…tools that encourage your planning process….tools matching your skills
and generating your creative process….

(You are invited to visit earlier posts of mine showing leading architects tools…. )

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.