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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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Conscious Inspiration today

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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

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What Zaha Hadid finds in Buckminster Fuller and Frank Gehry…. that we do not know?

Posted in buildings, nature, public buildings with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 28, 2012 by eliinbar

From  Eliinbar’s Sketch book 2012 – Zaha Hadid’s ….”basic inspiration generators”….

Zaha Hadid Architect

Guangzhou Opera House

in Guangdong province, China 2011

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The following texts were published In DEZEEN  …. Concerning Zaha Hadid’s Inspiration Sources when designing the Guangzhou Opera House 

1.“The Guangzhou Opera House design has been particularly influenced by river valleys – and the way in which they are transformed by erosion. 

2.“Shaped to resemble two pebbles on the bank of the Pearl River 

3.“The design evolved from the concepts of a natural landscape and the fascinating interplay between architecture and nature; engaging with the principles of erosion, geology and topography”.

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The Inspiration sources published in DEZEEN seem convincing….

 Those are probably Zaha Hadid’s Inspiration Sources….

 But to design this building, Zaha Hadid had to have other sources of inspiration ….

I call them….”basic inspiration generators

Let’s check what were Zaha Hadid‘s….”basic inspiration generators“….

The first basic inspiration generator

 Notice the exterior shell structure envelope of the Opera House.

 The shell structure wraps a large number of functions. It is also characterized by transparency that allows penetration of natural light.

Zaha Hadid’s  Guangzhou Opera House 2011

View from inside

In the next image you can see a typical cross section showing the exterior shell structure envelope of the Opera House wraps a large number of functions.

This design strategy has been developed in the 60 by Buckminster Fuller.

The Montreal Biosphère in Canada  Expo 1967, designed by Buckminster Fuller ….shown in the following image ,is a prominent example of this approach….

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The Montreal Biosphère

Canada  Expo 1967

Notice the shell Structure that contains a large number of functions and characterized by transparency that allows penetration of natural light.

And this is an image of the Guangzhou Opera House under construction

Zaha Hadid Architect Guangzhou Opera House in Guangdong province, China 2011

From  Eliinbar’s Sketch book 2012 – Zaha Hadid’s ….”basic inspiration generators”….

Note the similarity between the construction method of Buckminster Fuller’s Montreal Biosphère and Zaha Hadid’s Guangzhou Opera House

 In both buildings, the construction method allows a flexible and transparent shell.

The second basic inspiration generator

Notice Guangzhou Opera House typical floor plan, shown in the next image.

Zaha Hadid designs a building with effective floor plans.

She does not give up her desire for creativity and uniqueness

She implements the ”Envelopes Design Strategy” and uses her architect skills to realize her architectural vision… a”sculptural buildings

 

 

The ”Envelopes Design Strategy”, has been developed in the 80 of the last century by Frank Gehry.

 

The Disney Concert Hall, designed by Frank Gehry in 1987-2003 ….shown in the following image ,is a prominent example of this approach….

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 Disney Concert Hall

 Los Angeles California 1987-2003

And this is an image of the Disney Concert Hall typical Floor Plan

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 Disney Concert Hall typical Floor Plan

 Los Angeles California 1987-2003

From  Eliinbar’s Sketch book 2012 – Zaha Hadid’s ….”basic inspiration generators”….

Note the similarity between the typical floor plans of Frank Gehry’s Disney Concert Hall and Zaha Hadid’s Guangzhou Opera House

 Both buildings are designed with effective floor plans…. Notice the rectangular dominant shapes in the center of the ground floors

 Both buildings envelops are unique and creative and realize Zaha hadid’s and Frank Gehry’s architectural vision…”sculptural 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.

Eli Inbar