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Architects' Inspirations

Barcelona Pavilion by Mies van der Rohe

Keith Williams' Inspiration: The Barcelona Pavilion by Mies van der Rohe

15 December 2014

Keith Williams explains how Mies’ German Pavilion for the Barcelona Exhibition of 1929 still has the power to enthral

E1027

John Tuomey's inspiration: E1027

10 November 2014

As BD reprises its celebrated Inspirations series, in which architects reflect on the buildings that have influenced their work, the O’Donnell & Tuomey co-founder recalls E1027, the house in Roquebrune-Cap-Martin, France, by Eileen Gray which was completed between 1926-29

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Steinhof church, Vienna, by Otto Wagner

David Archer's inspiration: Steinhof church, Vienna

7 March 2014

David Archer finds modernity and tradition meet in Otto Wagner’s creation of a complete artistic environment for the Steinhof church in Vienna

Russell Curtis (left), Dieter Kleiner and Tim Riley of RCKa at the Palais de Tokyo in Paris.

RCKa’s inspiration: the Palais de Tokyo by Lacaton & Vassal

5 February 2014

RCKa’s Russell Curtis, Dieter Kleiner and Tim Riley celebrate the freedom and generosity of Lacaton & Vassal’s reworking of the Palais de Tokyo

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Britz Metropolitan Settlement in Berlin by Bruno Taut

Alex Ely’s inspiration: the Britz Metropolitan Settlement by Bruno Taut with Martin Wagner

23 January 2014

Mae Architects’ Alex Ely admires Taut’s Berlin housing project for its ideas of democratic placemaking

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American Bar in Vienna by Adolf Loos

Sean Griffiths' inspiration: the American Bar in Vienna by Adolf Loos

12 December 2013

Sean Griffiths admires the way in which Adolf Loos’s American Bar in Vienna reflects the cultural collisions of a Europe on the brink of modernism

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Zonnestraal Sanatorium by Jan Duiker with Bernard Bijvoet

MJ Long's inspiration: Zonnestraal Sanatorium by Jan Duiker with Bernard Bijvoet

31 October 2013

Long & Kentish co-founder MJ Long is reacquainted with the now-restored Zonnestraal Sanatorium that first opened her eyes to European modernism

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Santa Caterina Market by EMBT

Alex Mowat's inspiration: Santa Caterina Market by EMBT

3 October 2013

Eight years after its completion Alex Mowat remains in awe of EMBT’s Santa Caterina Market both for its contrast of textures and its social inclusivity

Ralph Erskine's Byker estate

Sarah Featherstone's inspiration: Ralph Erskine's Byker estate

5 September 2013

Sarah Featherstone admires Ralph Erskine’s Byker estate in Newcastle, which pioneered community involvement in architecture

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Maison Louis Carré by Alvar Aalto

Marie-José Van Hee's inspiration: Maison Louis Carré by Alvar Aalto

1 August 2013

As a student, Marie-José Van Hee knew Alvar Aalto’s Maison Louis Carré through plans in a book. But on her first visit she found its mix of intimacy and display hit exactly the right note

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Jonathan Ellis-Miller's inspiration: Schlumberger Cambridge Research Centre

Jonathan Ellis-Miller's inspiration: Schlumberger Cambridge Research Centre

2 July 2013

Jonathan Ellis-Miller admires the way in which Hopkins Architects combined industrial practicality with poetic otherworldliness in the design for the Schlumberger research centre in Cambridge

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Thorvaldsens Museum by MG Bindesbøl

Craig Hamilton's inspiration: Thorvaldsens Museum by MG Bindesbøll

6 June 2013

Craig Hamilton stands in awe of the mighty Thorvaldsens Museum by MG Bindesbøll, who took elements of Greek, Roman and Egyptian design to create a Nordic neoclassicism

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David Marks and Julia Barfield's inspiration: Palm House, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew

David Marks and Julia Barfield's inspiration: Palm House, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew

2 May 2013

David Marks and Julia Barfield hail the flowering of Victorian innovation at the Palm House, Kew Gardens

Terry Farrell: Nash Mile

Terry Farrell's inspiration: Nash Mile, London

28 March 2013

Terry Farrell admires the way in which John Nash’s transformation of a mile-long slice of London created the city we know today

Erco Technical Centre, Lüdenscheid, Germany

Graham Haworth's inspiration: Erco Technical Centre, Lüdenscheid, Germany

28 February 2013

Graham Haworth admires Uwe Kiessler’s uncompromising technical approach to creating a human-scale workplace for Erco

Castelvecchio museum, Verona by Carlo Scarpa

Paul Williams' inspiration: Castelvecchio museum, Verona by Carlo Scarpa

31 January 2013

Paul Williams revisits the Castelvecchio museum in Verona, where Carlo Scarpa’s integrated vision and clarity of detail first set him on the path towards exhibition design

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Chapel of Notre Dame du Haut by Le Corbusier

Ted Cullinan's inspiration: Chapel of Notre Dame du Haut by Le Corbusier

6 December 2012

Ted Cullinan revisits Le Corbusier’s Ronchamp chapel and finds that, while its surroundings may have changed, the building’s power remains undiminished

Grundtvig’s Church, Copenhagen

Michael Squire’s inspiration: Grundtvig’s Church, Copenhagen

1 November 2012

Michael Squire admires Grundtvig’s Church in Copenhagen for its poetic use of brick and the way the architect interpreted local traditions in a contemporary way

Zollverein coal mine, Essen

David West and Christophe Egret's inspiration: Zollverein coal mine, Essen

4 October 2012

David West and Christophe Egret of Studio Egret West look to OMA’s regeneration of the Zollverein coal mine in Essen as an example of reinvention that maintains a connection with place

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Nicholas Grimshaw's inspiration: Clifton Suspension Bridge

Nicholas Grimshaw's inspiration: Clifton Suspension Bridge

6 September 2012

Nicholas Grimshaw is fascinated by the engineering genius and iconic simplicity of Brunel’s masterpiece

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The Smithsons’ Economist Plaza

Tom Grieve & Hana Loftus' inspiration: the Smithsons’ Economist Plaza

9 August 2012

Hat Projects’ Tom Grieve and Hana Loftus admire the Smithsons’ Economist Plaza as an example of what a fearless architect can do

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La Tourette & Vieux Port, Marseille by Fernand Pouillon

Adam Khan's inspiration: La Tourette & Vieux Port, Marseille by Fernand Pouillon

5 July 2012

Adam Khan admires the timelessness and craft of Fernand Pouillon’s La Tourette housing in Marseille- a model of relaxed urbanity in the post-war city

Castle Drogo

Simon Hudspith's inspiration: Castle Drogo by Edwin Lutyens

31 May 2012

Lutyens’ castle in Devon is grand on the outside, but domestic inside

Greg Penoyre in front of Basterfield House on the Golden Lane Estate.

Greg Penoyre's inspiration: The Golden Lane Estate, London

3 May 2012

As the Golden Lane Estate marks 50 years since its completion, Greg Penoyre reveals its humane charms

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Peter St John stands in the building’s ground-floor arcade.

Peter St John's inspiration: Housing at the Gallaratese Quarter by Aldo Rossi

3 April 2012

Aldo Rossi’s Gallaratese housing in Milan showed Peter St John that modern architecture could incorporate classical themes

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Somerset House by William Chambers

Quinlan and Francis Terry's inspiration: Somerset House, London

1 March 2012

The father and son team revel in the glory of William Chambers’ classical building on the Strand

1960 Olympic Village, Rome

Julian Lewis’s inspiration: the 1960 Olympic Village, Rome

2 February 2012

Julian Lewis of East looks to the outskirts of Rome for an example of rich urban placemaking

Stephen Hodder on the high-level walkway over-looking the gallery space.

Stephen Hodder’s inspiration: Sainsbury Centre, Norwich

5 January 2012

Stephen Hodder recalls how he was set to be a champion of vernacular architecture until he visited Foster Associates’ Sainsbury Centre

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Unité d’Habitation

Cany Ash’s Inspiration: Unité d’Habitation, France

1 December 2011

The co-founder of Ash Sakula Architects reveals the enduring impact of Le Corbusier’s town in the sky on her work

Mies van der Rohe’s Krefeld villas

Jonathan Woolf’s inspiration: Mies van der Rohe's Krefeld villas, Germany

3 November 2011

For architect Jonathan Woolf, Mies van der Rohe’s Krefeld villas offered a masterclass in how to approach the design of his own Brick Leaf House

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