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 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

 

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/
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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

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

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

Sketches by famous architects-Robert Venturi -1
Sketch1: www.archdaily.com/639533/17-napkin-sketches-by-famous-architects
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
Sketches by famous architects-Frank Gehry -3
Photos: www.archdaily.com/422470/ad-classics-the-guggenheim-museum-bilbao-frank-gehry

7. Zaha Hadid – Rosenthal Center for Contemporary Art

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

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Sketches by famous architects-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

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

9. Carlo Scarpa – Museo di Castelvecchio

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

Sketches by famous architects-Carlo Scarpa -2

Sketches by famous architects-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)

Sketches by famous architects-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)

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/
Sketches by famous architects-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

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
Sketches by famous architects-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

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

15. Tezuka Architects – Ring Around a Tree

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

Sketches by famous architects- Tezuka Architects -2

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