An Architect’s most important tool, the medium of conversion of thoughts and creativity to tangible parameters, on paper!
Sketching and Architecture are 2 sides of the same coin. The architectural sketch itself may look like something Picasso drew in his sleep (Zaha Hadid!) or like a 5-year-old’s crayon drawing (Sorry Cesar Pelli). But it still stands to be the perfect medium, the first representation of an Architects’ creativity, imagination, and design philosophies, amalgamating to form the initial and raw image of the final product.

Here are a few sketches of Famous structures, done by the Starchitects themselves.

1. Le Corbusier – Notre Dame du Haut | Architectural Sketches

 

Sketches by famous architects- Le Corbusier -1

Sketches by famous architects- Le Corbusier -2
Images from: www.inexhibit.com/mymuseum/notre-dame-du-haut-le-corbusier-ronchamp-chapel/
Sketches by famous architects- Le Corbusier -3
Images from: www.inexhibit.com/mymuseum/notre-dame-du-haut-le-corbusier-ronchamp-chapel/

2. Cesar Pelli – Pasific Design Center

Sketches by famous architects- Cesar Pelli -1
Sketch from: www.archdaily.com/639533/17-napkin-sketches-by-famous-architects/5571d66be58ece3e7b0000d6-17-napkin-sketches-by-famous-architects-image?next_project=no

Sketches by famous architects- Cesar Pelli -2

Sketches by famous architects- Cesar Pelli -3
Photos from: www.archdaily.com/119118/red-building-pelli-clarke-pelli-architects

3. Greg Lynn – Curbside Pickup Pod | Architect Sketches

Sketches by famous architects-Greg Lynn -1
Sketch1: www.bdcnetwork.com/starchitects-napkin-sketches-raise-thousands-san-diego%E2%80%99s-aias-chapter
Sketches by famous architects-Greg Lynn -2
Sketch2: www.fastcompany.com/3049675/from-app-to-architecture-how-curbside-designed-and-built-its-pickup-pod
Sketches by famous architects-Greg Lynn -3
Photos: compositesandarchitecture.com/?p=3718
Sketches by famous architects-Greg Lynn -4
Photos: compositesandarchitecture.com/?p=3718
Sketches by famous architects-Greg Lynn -5
Photos: compositesandarchitecture.com/?p=3718

4. Bjarke Ingels – GooglePlex | Architecture Sketches

Sketches by famous architects-Bjarke Ingels -1
Sketch: www.archdaily.com/639533/17-napkin-sketches-by-famous-architects
Sketches by famous architects-Bjarke Ingels -2
Photos/renders: www.archdaily.com/603947/see-big-and-heatherwick-s-design-for-google-s-california-headquarters
Sketches by famous architects-Bjarke Ingels -3
Photos/renders: www.archdaily.com/603947/see-big-and-heatherwick-s-design-for-google-s-california-headquarters

5. Robert Venturi – I’m a monument | Architectural Sketches

Sketches by famous architects-Robert Venturi -1
Sketch1: www.archdaily.com/639533/17-napkin-sketches-by-famous-architects
Robert Venturi -2
Sketch2: www.architectural-review.com/essays/denise-scott-brown-and-the-fight-for-recognition/10017677.article

6. Frank Gehry – Guggenheim Bilbao

Sketches by famous architects-Frank Gehry -1
Sketch: www.architectural-review.com/essays/reputations/frank-gehry-1929-/10030660.article
Sketches by famous architects-Frank Gehry -2
Photos: www.archdaily.com/422470/ad-classics-the-guggenheim-museum-bilbao-frank-gehry
Frank Gehry -3
Photos: www.archdaily.com/422470/ad-classics-the-guggenheim-museum-bilbao-frank-gehry

7. Zaha Hadid – Rosenthal Center for Contemporary Art | Architecture Sketches

Sketches by famous architects-Zaha Hadid -1
Sketches & Photos: www.archdaily.com/786968/ad-classics-rosenthal-center-for-contemporary-art-zaha-hadid-architects-usa

Sketches by famous architects-Zaha Hadid -2Sketches by famous architects-Zaha Hadid -3

Zaha Hadid -4
Sketches & Photos: www.archdaily.com/786968/ad-classics-rosenthal-center-for-contemporary-art-zaha-hadid-architects-usa

8. Zaha Hadid – Phaeno Science Center | Architect Sketches

Sketches by famous architects-Zaha Hadid -1
Sketches & Photos: www.zaha-hadid.com/architecture/phaeno-science-centre/
Sketches by famous architects-Zaha Hadid -2
Sketches & Photos: www.zaha-hadid.com/architecture/phaeno-science-centre/
Zaha Hadid -3
Sketches & Photos: www.zaha-hadid.com/architecture/phaeno-science-centre/

9. Carlo Scarpa – Museo di Castelvecchio | Architectural Sketches

Sketches by famous architects-Carlo Scarpa -1
Sketch: www.archiviocarloscarpa.it/web/disegni_scheda.php?scheda=255

Sketches by famous architects-Carlo Scarpa -2

Carlo Scarpa -3
Photo: divisare.com/projects/332703-carlo-scarpa-federico-puggioni-museo-di-castelvecchio

10. John Hejduk – Loft Space/City on the Hill (sketch for Cooper Union Foundation Building renovation)

John Hejduk
Sketch: www.cca.qc.ca/en/articles/issues/20/the-other-architect/40312/a-loft-aloft-john-hejduk-at-the-cooper-union

11. FOA – Yokohama Terminal (digital sketch) | Architecture Sketches

Sketches by famous architects-FOA -1
Sketch: www.uk.phaidon.com/agenda/architecture/articles/2018/september/17/sketch-to-skyline-what-foreign-office-architects-yokohama-international-ferry-terminal-looked-like-on-day-one/
FOA -2
Photo: www.archdaily.com/554132/ad-classics-yokohama-international-passenger-terminal-foreign-office-architects-foa/5420792ec07a800de500000e-ad-classics-yokohama-international-passenger-terminal-foreign-office-architects-foa-photo

12. Peter Zumthor – The Therme Vals | Architectural Sketches

Sketches by famous architects-Peter Zumthor -1
Sketch: www.pfaulong.com/the-zeitgeist-of-zumthor/
Sketches by famous architects-Peter Zumthor -2
Plan: www.archdaily.com/85656/multiplicity-and-memory-talking-about-architecture-with-peter-zumthor/therme-vals-plan-01
Sketches by famous architects-Peter Zumthor -3
Photo: www.archdaily.com/13358/the-therme-vals

13. Tadao Ando – Paris Museum

Sketches by famous architects-Tadao Ando -1
Sketch & Photo : archinect.com/news/article/150015314/tadao-ando-to-design-a-museum-inside-a-former-paris-stock-exchange
Tadao Ando -2
Sketch & Photo: www.archinect.com/news/article/150015314/tadao-ando-to-design-a-museum-inside-a-former-paris-stock-exchange

14. Canas Arquitectos – House of Cocobolo | Architecture Sketches

Sketches by famous architects- Canas Arquitectos -1
Sketch & Photo: www.arkitera.com/proje/cocobolo-evi/
 Canas Arquitectos -2
Sketch & Photo: www.arkitera.com/proje/cocobolo-evi/

15. Tezuka Architects – Ring Around a Tree | Architectural Sketches

Sketches by famous architects- Tezuka Architects -1
Sketch & Photo : https://divisare.com/projects/178968-tezuka-architects-katsuhisa-kida-fototeca-ring-around-a-tree

 Tezuka Architects -2

Tezuka Architects -3
Sketch & Photo : https://divisare.com/projects/178968-tezuka-architects-katsuhisa-kida-fototeca-ring-around-a-tree
Author

Şengül Has is an architect from Istanbul, Turkey. Alternative practices that require looking at architecture from unusual aspects are of high interest to her. She has degrees from competitions and she continues her researches on relations of architecture and media.

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