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If you fantasize about being Toyo Ito, Herzog de Meuron or perhaps Rem Koolhaas, that is easy, two doses of “BIRD NEST typology” ,a single dose of “BRANCHING design”And you’re all set….

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eliinbar’s sketches 2014-Branching design or in other words the “Bird nest” typology

 eliinbar’s sketches 2014 – Branching design or in other words the “Bird nest” typology

Today’s post will be the third of a series, inquiring whether one of the leading architectural firms in the world, OMA of Rem Koolhaas, is a popular Inspiration Source for architects today.

Today’s main configuration of a building designed by Oma and Rem Koolhass is a prominent source of inspiration , the branching design or in other words the “bird nest” typology .

THE MAIN CONFIGURATION

Branching design

The branching design is based on Toyo Ito’s and Cecil Balmond’s

Serpentine Gallery Pavilion (2002) in London shown in the next image.

Serpentine Gallery Pavilion (2002) in London

A few words about Cecil Balmond:

Cecil Balmond sees his work as an open-ended visual application of theory, following the principle that “structure as conceptual rigour is architecture

Balmond’s research is about complexity and non-linear organization ,he investigates mathematical concepts and their influence on natural forms and structures

A few words about Toyo Ito:

Toyo Ito received the Royal Gold Medal at the RIBA on 15 February 2006

Jack Pringle, RIBA President described Toyo Ito’s work :.

Toyo Ito has been an inspiration for generations of architects worldwide since his work started to receive international acclaim in the 1970s. For thirty years he has been a leading figure in architecture and I am delighted that he has accepted the Royal Gold Medal.

THE ORIGINS

(Inspiration Sources)

It is hard to say for certain ..but I think that the following projects are definitely good candidates to be the ORIGINS sources of inspiration for the BRANCHING design
and the BIRD NEST typology

BIRD NEST typology

Hezog De Meuron Architects

National Stadium – the “bird nest” Beijing   2001-2008

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and it’s Inspiration source: Chinese ceramic ware – Vase with crakle

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BRANCHING design

In 2001,architect Toyo Ito designed Tods’ Omotesando Store in Tokyo.

A unique organic design that was called the “Tree Building

Tods’ Omotesando Store in Tokyo 2002-2004

Tod’s Omotesando Building By Toyo Ito & Associates-Photographs©Toyo Ito & Associate

and it’s Inspiration source, the Zelkova trees shown in the next image  : (Tods’ Store is located in Omotesandō who is a Zelkova tree-lined avenue located in Shibuya and Minato,Tokyo)

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Toyo Ito about Tods’ Omotesando Store in Tokyo (From  HOUSE VARIETY) :

we enclosed the site with a wall that gives the impression of a row Zelkova trees  The facade of criss-crossed concrete braces reinterprets the silhouettes of the trees on the Omotesandō. This exterior surface serves as both graphic pattern and structural system

Our various studies started with the question, “How can we escape the conventional notion of a wall structure?” In other words, we were seeking a way to avoid transparent openings in an opaque volume. Instead of distinguishing transparency from opaqueness, we were seeking a new method that would simultaneously define and unite them – we were attempting to relate all the lines (columns), surfaces (walls), and openings in an innovative way. Our studies suddenly moved in a different direction after formulating the question: “Shouldn’t it be possible to create a surface as structure that directly expresses the flow of force, so long as it is formed as a structural diagram drawn as a pattern of thick lines on a flat surface?”

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The Contemporary Inspiration Source

OMA and Rem Koolhaas’s Faena Arts Center, Miami Beach, USA, 2014

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Finally, what  do you think about the following example?

for you to judge….

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Tods’ Omotesando Store from within,designed by architect Toyo Ito 

In 2001

and this is  Hezog De Meuron’s

Prada Store from 2003 located ten minutes walk from the Tod’s Omotesando Store

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what did i learn from this post?

As in any field that deals with  creation and invention, the people engaged in it are divided into two groups.

The first group is very small, they have the skills that allow them to innovate Big time.

Most of us belong to the second group, we get inspiration from the first group.

I do not think there is a problem with that….

The big questions are:

Do we know how to  be  inspired in a conscious way?

Do we know how to choose our source of inspiration in a way that enhances our buildings?

Do we copy and paste, or insist to add our invention?

What are the tools needed to improve the realization of the three previous questions?

This blog examines the

 inspiration sources

 of contemporary architectural projects

 I put a virtual

 mirror  

 reflecting processes of

conscious and

unconscious inspiration among Architects

and you judge

 But my challenge is not over yet

If my

mirror

 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 uniquesite

 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

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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

Toyo Ito and the “Conscious Inspiration Method”, How does it work for him?

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

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From Eliinbar’s sketchbook 2012 -Toyo Ito and the “Conscious Inspiration Method”

Inspiration sketch Gallery (ISG) by Eli Inbar

In my previous post I quoted the words of  OSCAR NIEMEYER Commenting about “invention in architecture

 

“This thing called inspiration is not important to me at all. The other day as I was drawing a project, when I sat in front of the desk I already knew what I was going to do. I thought about it for many days, about each possibility, each solution, about the fact that I wanted to do something different. Architecture, to me, is invention. Go to Brasília—you may or may not enjoy my projects, but I dare you to find something similar”

 

See the full interview with Oscar Niemeyer at METROPOLICEMAG.COM

:http://www.metropolismag.com/story/20060515/the-last-of-the-modernists

I also shared with you my insights about the “Conscious Inspiration Method”

Here is a brief summary….

The designing method I call Conscious Inspirationis a process formed from three main phases:  “knowledge”, Designing Tools = “Codex Rules” and “Invention”. 

Knowledge:as many said, and wrote before, 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….

Designing Tools”=“Codex Rules”: develop tools to analyze buildings and “Understand” them, Tools that will help us cope with the abundance of architectural information…

“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.

Let’s see how the “Conscious Inspiration” works for Toyo Ito,  when he designs the Tama-art-university-library….

The next image is Toyo Ito’s Tama-art-university-library…. At first glance It looks like an ordinary pillars and arches structure.

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Conscious Inspiration” is a process formed from three main phases:  “knowledge”, Designing Tools = “Codex Rules” and “Invention”….

“knowledge”

Conscious Inspiration” is first of all the understanding of the importance of “knowledge”….

The buildings and pattern presented in the next images is in my opinion, the “Knowledge”, that was the inspiration base for Toyo Ito’s Tama-art-university-library.

 

The next  image is an inside view of the Mosque of  Cordoba

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Note the repetitive motif of the columns and arches.

 The next image is the Interior of the Bibliotheca Alexandria (the New Library of Alexandria designed by  Snøhetta  1988-  2002)

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 Notice the repetitive motif of the columns, arranged in orthogonal rows.

The next image is a typical Islamic pattern

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Note the intersecting guidelines. They eventually create the Islamic pattern

The “Inspiration Source”

Oscar Niemeyer ‘s Permanent International Fair, designed in 1962-74  shown in the next image is in my opinion, Toyo Ito’s “Inspiration Source

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Note the Unique configuration of the concrete arch

“Invention”

The next image is Toyo Ito’s Serpentine Pavilion, from 2002. 

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Note the unique pattern of the Serpentine Pavilion’s façade, a similar Strategy we had noticed in the Islamic pattern

The next image is Toyo Ito’s Tama-art-university-library from  2007…. At first glance It looks like an ordinary pillars and arches structure.

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Note Toyo Ito’s selection of pillars for the tama-art-university-library. 

The repetitive columns, in a shape of arc, are suspiciously similar to Oscar Niemeyer’s “mushroom” column in the Permanent International Fair. 

Notice also the round light fixture Toyo Ito makes use of, in the Tama-art-university library and the round mushroom shape designed by Oscar Niemeyer ….Is the morphological similarity a pure coincidence?….

The next image is a typical floor plan of  Toyo-Ito‘s  Tama-art-university-library from 2007.

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Note the unique arrangement of the columns and arches,

A similar Strategy we had noticed in the Islamic pattern.

The next image is a model of Toyo-Ito‘s  Tama-art-university-library HachiojiCity, Tokyo, Japan 2007

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From Eliinbar’s sketchbook 2012 – Toyo Ito and the Conscious Inspiration Method

At first glance, Toyo Ito’s tama-art-university-library is an ordinary pillars and arches structure.

But when you start realizing Toyo Ito’s Inspiration sources and Invention…. It’s getting inspiring….

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Oscar Niemeyer, le Corbusier, Toyo Ito And the first chapter, in the short story of “invention” in architecture….

Posted in buildings, public buildings with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 15, 2012 by eliinbar

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From  eliinbar’s sketchbook  2012 – Complex relations between inspiration and invention in architecture….

In this post  I will focus on the relations between inspiration and invention in architecture….

The next building was designed by one of the most innovative architects who worked in last two centuries….The late  Oscar Niemeyer….

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Oscar Niemeyer Architect

Parish Church

 1957

Oscar Niemeyer ‘s Parish Church ,is the South American version of the European le corbusier’s Nôtre Dame du Haut Chapel, shown in the next image. (I will go into details, in my next post)

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Le Corbusier  architect

Chapel of Nôtre Dame du Haut

France 1955

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From  eliinbar’s sketchbook  2012   – Oscar Niemeyer‘s Inspiration Sources

Notice the morphological similarity between Oscar Niemeyer ‘s Parish Church and  le corbusier’s Nôtre Dame du Haut Chapel .

1. An upturned roof like a sail billowing in the windy supported on columns embedded within the walls.

2. Notable use  of concrete in the structure .

3. The main part of the structure consists of two concrete membranes separated by a space of forming a shell which constitutes the roof of the building. 

4, The roof  is supported by struts, which form a vertical surface of concrete.

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And Here are some relevant quotes from an interview with Oscar Niemeyer By Eduardo Graça, Posted May 15, 2006:

1.” Pay attention, kids, you can’t graduate and just dedicate your life to being a good architect. That is bullshit. You need to find an original way to think and to be informed about everything daily. Read, read, read, and read”.

2.This thing called inspiration is not important to me at all. The other day as I was drawing a project, when I sat in front of the desk I already knew what I was going to do. I thought about it for many days, about each possibility, each solution, about the fact that I wanted to do something different. Architecture, to me, is invention. Go to Brasília—you may or may not enjoy my projects, but I dare you to find something similar” 

3. “Anyone who is going to be an architect should invest part of his time in the knowledge of humanism”. 

See the full interview with Oscar Niemeyer at METROPOLICEMAG.COM

:http://www.metropolismag.com/story/20060515/the-last-of-the-modernists

To be continued in my next post….

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“EPILOG”

I think that “Inspiration” or “Copy Paste” are the most dominant phenomenon of the 21st century among architects.

Most likely the “availability of information” enables the existence of the phenomenon.

The abundance of information in the Web affects us all…. I present it every week here ….We saw more than once ….The differences between “Conscious Inspiration” and “copy paste” are not so big….

And that is exactly what I intend to clarify and understand in this blog.

I believe that the natural development of architecture design is based on inspiration techniques ….I call them “Codex Rules”.

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I strive to develop a method….

 A method that will help architects and designers to cope with this phenomenon…. At this point in time, I call it the “Conscious Inspiration Method” ….

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

Eli Inbar

Daniel Libeskind – These Are Daniel Libeskind’s inspiration sources?

Posted in buildings, public buildings with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on July 2, 2012 by eliinbar

From Eliinbar’s Sketch book 2012-Daniel Libeskind’s inspiration Sources?

I introduced  in previous Posts of mine,the possibility that gifted architects multiply their architecture designs …. for example :  SANAA multiplying architecture consciously or Daniel Libeskind Cristal Buildings.

In this Post I will check the possibility that gifted architects get Inspired from each other….

Here are three examples ….  These are Daniel Libeskind’s inspiration sources?

For You to Judge….

Daniel Libeskind Architect

Danish Jewish Museum,Copenhagen,Denmark.

Construction of the Museum began in March 2003 and the museum opened in June 2004.

Published in ABDUZEEDO.com

 Herzog De Meuron Architects

Prada Aoyama Epicenter shop, showroom

Tokyo completed 2003 

published in clippings.com

Notice the similarity of the characteristic repetitive Diamond shape and the morphological resemblance of the envelope.

Daniel Libeskind Architect

The Ascent at Roebling’s Bridge

Kentucky,USA. Completed: 2008

Published in ABDUZEEDO.com

Herzog & de Meuron Architects

Forum Barcelona

Spain Completed:  2004 

Published in ARC SPACE

Notice the morphological resemblance….both buildings are constructed from a pointed prism characterized by repetitive vertical linear patterns, on its envelope

Daniel Libeskind Architect

Glass Courtyard

Berlin,Germany opened  2007

Published in ABDUZEEDO.com

Toyo Ito & Associates

Tods Store

Tokyo  2004

Published in DEZEEN

Notice the dominant pattern of the “Bird nest” in the two buildings

You are invited to visit my recent and relevant posts:

Kazuyo Sejima+Ryue Nishizawa = SANAA    “Multiplying architecture” = ”Conscious Inspiration”?- part one https://archidialog.com/2011/06/18/ 

Kazuyo Sejima+Ryue Nishizawa = SANAA   Multiplying architecture Consciously = ”Conscious Inspiration”?- part two https://archidialog.com/2011/06/20/ 

Kazuyo Sejima+Ryue Nishizawa = SANAA Multiplying architecture Consciously = ”Conscious Inspiration”?- part three https://archidialog.com/2011/06/22/ 

Daniel Libeskind , Coop Himmelb(l)au & Iakov Georgievich Chernikhov – so that is how “Conscious Inspiration” works? https://archidialog.com/2012/01/09/ 

Daniel Libeskind’s Inspiration Sources & “The Crystal Buildings” https://archidialog.com/2011/10/08

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Toyo Ito – “Transparent inspiration”

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Here is another interesting example of “Conscious Inspiration

 

Toyo Ito Architect 

 Sendai Mediatheque  –  External view

  Japan 2001 

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  Sendai Mediatheque  – Inside view

 Japan 2001

lacoste + Stevenson architects 

Open competition for the university of technology sydney’s (UTS) podium extension.

External view

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  Open competition for the university of technology sydney’s (UTS) podium extension

Inside view . March 2010, First Prize 

“Transparent Inspiration”  elinbar Sketches 2011

The “conscious inspiration” Signs 

1. Both buildings deal with Transparency. 

    Transparent Façade allow the revelation

    of diverse activities that occur within the building.

2. The buildings are designed in a unique simplicity of elements,

    Toyo Ito defines them as plates (floors) ,

    tubes (columns) and skin (facade/exterior walls).

3. The buildings open floor-plates ensuring maximum flexibility

    of use and the continuous  activation of space. 

4. Significant source of inspiration

    for the vertical tube steel lattice columns

    that rise up from ground floor to roof,

    are tree trunks in a forest.

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Organic Design – Conscious Inspiration

Posted in public buildings with tags , , , , , on October 29, 2010 by eliinbar

In 2001, Beijing City selected Herzog De Meuron’s “Bird nest” as the best arena design…

In 2003 their scheme became the official national stadium for the 2008 Summer Olympics.

The design team studied Chinese- ceramics as a source of inspiration.

Chinese ceramic ware _ Vase with crakle

 

In 2001,architect Toyo Ito designed Tods’ Omotesando Store in Tokyo.

A unique organic design that was called the “Tree Building”

 

Toyo Ito Architect 

 Tod’s  Omotesando Store  – the “tree building”

 Tokyo   Japan   2002-2004

 

Hezog De Meuron Architects 

 National Stadium – the “bird nest”

Beijing   2001-2008

 

The organic approach expressed  in the “Tree Building” and the “ Bird Nest”

became a new “trend” …. here are some examples:

 

 to be continued….

Antoni Gaudi – “Conscious Inspiration”

Posted in buildings with tags , , , , , , , , on July 8, 2010 by eliinbar

Antoni Gaudi

Casa Mila’ – Apartment building

 Barcelona   1905-1912

Toyo Ito Architect

Apartment Building

“the Sea Wave Facade”  Barcelona   2009

Axis Mundi Architect

 Office building

 Barcelona   2010

J. Mayer Architects

JOH3 apartments

Berlin   2010

eliinbar Sketches 2010– “Conscious Inspiration”

Quote from Post written By Kai K. Gutschow Assoc. Prof. – Corneigie Mellon University , School of Architecture :

Much as in science or any other discipline, true innovation comes not from inventing something out of the blue and by yourself, but instead is only possible when one engages the profession, adds to an existing knowledge base, discourse, or dialogue, and opens up new frontiers on questions asked by yourself AND others. 

It is only by participating actively in the 2000 year old discourse of architecture that we can move ahead.   Only if we all begin to see our work as “research” can we begin to raise the level of architecture and the quality of ideas at the CMU SoA.    My suggestion: READ AS MUCH AS YOU CAN, on architecture, or any other subject that fascinates you, take notes, and let it influence your work! The best architects have a rich history of reading and loving books, of being bibliophile.

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