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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

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Zaha Hadid & MVRDV – “Conscious Inspiration”

As an advance. …. see the following sketch

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

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

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

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

The”Mashrabiya Envelopes” – Conscious Inspiration

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….

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

From Eliinbar Sketch book 2012 -the “Floating buildings trend

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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:

“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 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.

Rem Koolhaas, MVRDV , Steven Holl and the “T Buildings trend”

Posted in buildings, public buildings with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 18, 2012 by eliinbar

From Eliinbar’s Sketchbook 2012– the ” T buildings trend

It seems like a new trend is developing in recent years.

I call this trend…. The “ T Buildings trend

long ago …. when architects talk about “ T buildings”….  They were referring to buildings with a floor plan that has the shape of “T” like in the next image….

Typical “T” floor plan

In recent years, three leading architectural firms, Rem Koolhaas(OMA), MVRDV and Steven Holl, explore the “T” configuration through the facades of their buildings .

Here are some examples:

Steven Holl Architects

Nanjing Sifang Art Museum

design-2003-Completion date: 2011

 Steven Holl Architect


Copenhagen, Denmark  2006-2007

  Steven Holl Architect

 horizontal skyscraper VANKE CENTER

Shenzhen China  2006-2009

 Rem Koolhaas Architect (Office for Metropolitan Architecture – OMA)

Shenzhen Stock Exchange

China  2006

  MVRDV architects

Shenzhen “4 Tower in 1” competition CBD Trees

Shenzhen, China  2009

Can a floor plan be your “Inspiration source”?


You are invited to see also a relevant and very popular post of mine,that deals with a similar option in the  Zollverein School of Management & Design, designed by SANAA.

Another relevant post worth a visit….Rem Koolhaas and the “Conscious Inspiration” issue….


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Preston Scott Cohen and the “Origami Envelopes trend”

Posted in buildings, public buildings with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on April 12, 2012 by eliinbar

From Eliinbar’s Sketchbook 2012 – Preston Scott Cohen and the “Origami Envelopes trend”.

Here is a very short video that my youngest son photographed, my daughter edited and the eldest son chose the background music, documenting , the preparation process of my sketch.

They called it “ Sketch is born”

music by Nicolas Jaar

You are invited to visit my new Inspiration Sketch Gallery (ISG) in ETSY

Inspiration sketch Gallery (ISG) by Eli Inbar

The construction of the new wing of the Tel Aviv Museum is finished.

I’m pleased to announce….Tel Aviv leads one of the hottest trends in architecture today….The “Origami Envelopes trend”.

Preston Scott Cohen Architect

Tel Aviv Museum


I am aware of Preston Scott Cohen’s unique architectural geometry approach, that gave rise to the “Origami envelopes trend” ….

Origami Swan

Notice the formal similarity between the Tel Aviv museum and the origami swan

1. Both were created from the practice of geometry.

2. Both “facades” are characterized by sharp lines.

3. Both are characterized by a shell composed of numerous straight surfaces.

4. It seems that the shell has also a constructive role (Actually in the museum a steel construction was covered by precast concrete slabs)


This blog focuses on the “sources of inspiration” of architects,

We are aware of the enormous architectural information we are exposed to in the web.

And as we found out…. it has big influence on us ….

Here is a partial selection of buildings  infected  from the “Origami Envelopes trend”. 

For you to judge ….

Taiyuan museum Preston Scott Cohen

You are invited to visit my recent and relevant posts deling with the“Origami envelopes trend”:


“Origami Envelopes” – Conscious Inspiration


Zaha Hadid – “Conscious Inspiration” 2


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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


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?



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

La Tourette ” Conscios Inspiration” 2 


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In pursuit after Zaha Hadid’s inspiration Sources 3-“the interplay between architecture and nature”

Posted in buildings, public buildings with tags , , , , , , , , , , on September 5, 2011 by eliinbar

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

In this post I present  Steven Holl’s  Sketch For Nanning – Chaina ,and Zaha Hadid;s King Abdullah II house of Culture and Art in Amman . In my future posts I will continue my journey uncovering Zaha Hadid’s Inspiration Sources.  

Zaha Hadid is today the most widely publicized and influential architect by Google test

It’s not the formal similarity, why I pose the two projects, and I don’t have the intention to insinuate that Zaha Hadid copied from another. 

My goal is to encourage the developing of “Tools” for a new architectural planning process that I call  Conscious Inspiration


     Steven Holl Architect

  Sketch For Nanning – Chaina  2002


Zaha Hadid Architect  

King Abdullah II house of Culture and Art , Amman

international  competition June 2008


Eliinbar sketches 2011, Zaha Hadid’s Inspiration Sources

Here’s some more information from Zaha Hadid Architects about  her Inspiration Sources

The architectural expression for the new performing arts centre has been inspired by the magnificent ancient city of Petra explains Zaha Hadid. “Petra is an astonishing example of the wonderful interplay between architecture and nature, as well as the intricate complexity and elegance of natural forms – the rose-colored mountain walls have been eroded, carved and polished to reveal the astonishing strata of sedimentation. We have applied these principles to articulate the public spaces within the centre, with eroded interior surfaces that extend into the public plaza in front of the building.”


Zaha Hadid is inspired by the interplay between architecture and nature

How it affect Zaha Hadid’s design?

Are ” architecture and nature”  her Inspiration Sources?


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The “Conscious Inspiration connection”

Posted in buildings with tags , , on April 5, 2011 by eliinbar

Here Is a Simona Rotas’ photograph ,that I first saw at Ethel Barona Pohls status on my face book ….

Simona Rotas’ Wall Photos

neighbourhood in Tbilisi, Georgia


Steven Holl  Architect

construction of Linked Hybrid in Beijing

eliinbar Sketches 2011– the “Conscious  Inspiration Connection”


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Eduardo Souto de Moura & Steven Holl “Conscious Inspiration”

Posted in buildings with tags , , , , , , , on April 1, 2011 by eliinbar

Portuguese architect Eduardo Souto de the 2011 Pritzker Prize laureate.

In this post and the subsequent posts I’ll try to find out what are his sources of inspiration.

Will it help us to add new tools to the “Conscious Inspiration Toolbox” ?

Eduardo  Souto de Moura architect

Edificio Comercial y de Oficinas  Avenida da Boavista

Oporto, Portugal  2004-2007

Steven Holl Architect

Loisium Hotel

Langenlois, Austria, 2001-2005

Eduardo  Souto de Moura & Steven Holl . eliinbar Sketches 2011

The “conscious inspiration” Signs :

1. Both buildings deal with the “Edge of the cliff”.

2. The buildings are designed in a unique simplicity:

Sealed envelope, transparent façade.

3. The building Deliberate in a Clear direction.

4. Significant source of inspiration:

A hand with fingers, with a fragmented shape.


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