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Steven Holl and the “sponge Concept ” And why Toyo Ito ,Zaha Hadid and Tadao Ando are participating in the festival?

Posted in public buildings, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on October 6, 2018 by eliinbar

‏‏‏‏‏‏‏‏Eliinbar Sketches Sponge Concept 2018 - עותק (4) - עותק - עותק - עותק

Eliinbar sketches 2018

Steven Holl ,Toyo Ito, Zaha Hadid and Tadao Ando  “Sponge Concept “

This post is entirely “Conscious Inspiration

Sometimes it’s interesting to go back to old posts ,and see what happened since

This time I will tell the story of posts from 2010-2012

It turns out that many of the most esteemed architects, use the method of

Conscious Inspiration

And their projects are no less creative or unique than their sources of inspiration … for you to judge.

Enough for introductions, let’s tell the story

In 2012 I uploaded the following post, following two

previous posts from 2010

The posts present a new architectural trend, led by architect Steven Holl

The next sketch  was made by Steven Holl in 2002 , for a building designed in Nanjing , China . 


I called this trend, the “Sponge-concept

What is the “Sponge Concept”?

Buildings that are basically perforated boxes, characterized by morphology of a sponge


Eliinbar sketches 2010 the “sponge Concept”


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Six years later, I wonder what’s going on:


Poly Grand Theater Shanghai_Tadao Ando_02

Tadao Ando Poly Grand Theater Shanghai completion date: august 2014

This building is basically a perforated box, characterized by morphology of a sponge

Additional details and images on Tadao Ando‘s Poly Grand Theater in the divisare site






Zaha Hadid Architects Morpheus Hotel Cotai,  Macao ,Project Year 2018

This building is basically a perforated box, characterized by morphology of a sponge

Additional details and images on Zaha hadidi’s ‘s Morpheus Hotel

in the Archdaily site





Toyo Ito . Taichung Metropolitan Opera House (2)

Toyo Ito Metropolitan Opera House Taiwan-Taichung Project year 2016

This building is basically a perforated box, characterized by morphology of a sponge

Additional details and images on Toyo Ito’s TAICHUNG METROPOLITAN OPERA HOUSE in the divisare site


Now we understand why Toyo Ito ,Zaha Hadid and Tadao Ando are participating in the festival

They apply the method of “Conscious Inspiration

For you to judge.

‏‏‏‏‏‏‏‏Eliinbar Sketches Sponge Concept 2018 - עותק (4) - עותק - עותק - עותק

Eliinbar sketches 2018

Steven Holl ,Toyo Ito, Zaha Hadid and Tadao Ando  “Sponge Concept “



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What is common to ancient Rome, Louis Kahn, Charles Moore ,Tadao Ando and Rem Koolhaas?

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on July 5, 2014 by eliinbar

eliinbar’s sketches 2014 - THE MAIN CONFIGURATION=ROTATION
eliinbar’s sketches 2014 – THE MAIN CONFIGURATION=ROTATION

Today’s post will be the second of a series, inquiring whether one of the leading architectural firms in the world, OMA of Rem Koolhaas, is a popular Inspiration Source for leading architects today. Today’s main configuration of a building designed by Oma and Rem Koolhass is ROTATION.



eliinbar's sketches-ROTATION

The origins

(Inspiration Sources)


8th century BC to the 5th century AD

Forum Romanum

Ancient Rome floors plans

(Republican Era)


The Sixties

Louis Kahn

Norman Fisher House floor plan Hatboro, Pennsylvania, United States 1960-1967

Louis Kahn Norman Fisher House

The Seventies

Charles Moore

 Kresge College street level floor plan 1971

kresge College Plan

The Eighties

Tadao Ando

Church of the light  built in 1989, in the city of Ibaraki, Osaka Prefecture.

church of the light site plan

eliinbar’s sketches 2014 - THE MAIN CONFIGURATION=ROTATION

eliinbar’s sketches 2014 – THE MAIN CONFIGURATION=ROTATION

Note that the main configuration- rotation

 is  reflected in each of the above floor plans

eliinbar's sketches-ROTATION

And how  Rem Koolhaas implements the idea of ​​ROTATION today?

The Contemporary Inspiration Source

OMA and Rem Koolhaas’s winning proposal for the Plaza at Santa Monica 2013

OMA and Rem Koolhaas's winning proposal for the Plaza at Santa Monica 2013

Conscious Inspiration today

more Rotating buildings



















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This blog examines the

 inspiration sources

 of contemporary architectural projects

 I put a virtual


 reflecting processes of

conscious and

unconscious inspiration among Architects

and you judge

 But my challenge is not over yet

If my


 reflects the reality correctly

Then is needed a change in architecture profession training

And I will explane

You probably noticed that the differences between

Conscious Inspiration” and “Copy paste

are rather vague

And there is a consensus that

 Copy-paste is disastrous for the architectural profession

We all know that the basis for all architectural design , is the unique site

 on which the building is built

so how can we copy buildings?

For that I strive to develope a responsive training method for architects

I call it the

 Conscious Inspiration Method

The “Conscious Inspiration Method” is  learning to be inspired  consciously  from existing buildings

With the methodology of “conscious Inspiration”, we don’t need to be intimidated to get inspired from relevant buildings.  Once we develop our designing tools =“Codex Rules”, it will lead us to high quality creative architecture


I believe that the natural development of architecture design is based on 

inspiration techniques

I call them

Codex Rules

In my next posts ,I will show some Interesting  inspiration techniques

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)


More information about Alvaro Siza Mimesis Museum go to

Carlos Ferrater

Carlos Ferrater Architect OAB office of architecture

Catalonia Convention Centre


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



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





Fumihiko Maki- A Glimpse to the 80’s – “Conscious Inspiration”

Posted in buildings, public buildings with tags , , , , , , , on April 20, 2011 by eliinbar

Fumihiko Maki 1993 Laureate of the Pritzker Architecture Price 

Jury Citation: Fumihiko Maki of Japan is an architect whose work is intelligent and artistic in concept and expression, meticulously achieved.

He is a modernist who has fused the best of both eastern and western cultures to create an architecture representing the age-old qualities of his native country while at the same time juxtaposing contemporary construction methods and materials.


 Fumihiko Maki Architect

Iwasaki Art Museum Annex  

Completion date 1978-87


Tadao Ando Architect 

 Church on the Water, Tomamu Japan

Design: 1985-88-  Construction: 1988


Jacques Herzog de Meuron  Architects

Railway Engine Depot,

Auf dem Wolf ,Basel, Schweiz project Design 1988- 1989, realization 1991-1995



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Le Corbusier & Tadao Ando “Conscious Inspiration”

Posted in buildings, public buildings with tags , , , , , , , on February 19, 2011 by eliinbar

Tadao Ando unlike most contemporary architects did not receive any formal architectural schooling. Instead, he trained himself by reading and traveling extensively through Africa, Europe, and the United States.

Tadao Ando was studying architecture by going to see actual buildings, and reading books about them. His first interest in architecture was nourished in tadao’s 15 by buying a book of Le Corbusier sketches. “I traced the drawings of his early period so many times, that all pages turned black,” says Tadao Ando: “in my mind I quite often wonder how Le Corbusier would have thought about this project or that.


Le Corbusier Architect

 Couvent Sainte-Marie de la Tourette

Eveux-sur-l’Arbresle, France, 1953


Tadao Ando Architect 

 Omotesando Hills, a large shopping and residential development 

  Shibuya Ward, Tokyo, Japan Completion  2006



The “conscious inspiration” Signs: 

1. Both buildings deal with horizontal layers

    (the “multi layered cake effect”)

2. Significant source of inspiration is the inner courtyard 

     building type. 

3. The Upper floors are “dependent on the hillside”. 

4. Various materials and configurations are used to 

    highlight the differences between floors.


A Tadao Ando’s quote that “explains” the intention of “Conscious Inspiration”: 

I would like my architecture to inspire people to use their own resources, to move into the future.


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Sacred Inspiration 3 – “Conscious Inspiration”

Posted in public buildings with tags , , , , , , , on December 24, 2010 by eliinbar

Happy to return with a new post….

Here’s another interesting example of ” Conscious  Inspiration”


Sunlay Design studio

 Ordos Protestant Church

 Mongolia,  Published on 5 January 2010

 Zaha Hadid Architect  

 Phaeno Science Center 

  WolfsburgGermany   2000- 2005


Inside view of the Ordos Protestant Church


Tadao Ando Architect

   Chapel with the light 

  city of Ibaraki – Osaka Prefecture Japan  1987-1989


A quote from Le Corbusier:

The “styles” are a lie.   – “Vers une architecture” (1923)

To  Be  C ontinued….


Expo 2010 Shanghai – Part one

Posted in buildings, public buildings with tags , , , , , , , , , , on April 7, 2010 by eliinbar

Wojciech Kakowski , Natalia Paszkowska , Marcin Mostafa Architects _ Polish Pavilion Expo 2010 _  Shanghai

Snohetta Architects _ Oslo Opera House _ 2008

China Pavilion Expo 2010 Shanghai

Tadao Ando Architect _ Japan Pavilion Expo 1992 _ Seville

Plus Arkitektar _ Icelandic Pavilion Expo  2010 _ Shanghai

Jean Nouvel Architect _ Concert Hall Copenhagen _  Denmark _ 2009