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Detailed Globe Drawings of Cities Around the World by Amer Ismail

11:00 - 19 April, 2019
Detailed Globe Drawings of Cities Around the World by Amer Ismail, © Amer Ismail
© Amer Ismail

Amer Ismail, architect-turned-artist based in London, has developed a spectacular set of intricate “Globe Drawings” of cities around the world. Beginning in 2016, Ismail developed these 5-point-perspective drawings with heavy inspiration from artist Stephen Wiltshire. Having spent many years drawings architecture, including time at Foster+Partners, Ismail tasked himself with developing a series that encompassed his “interest for architecture, city planning, travel, drawings, and Star Wars.”

© Amer Ismail © Amer Ismail © Amer Ismail © Amer Ismail + 9

Siza: Unseen and Unknown

04:00 - 19 April, 2019
 Siza: Unseen and Unknown, Portrait of Álvaro Siza, drawn by his wife: Maria Antónia Siza Ca. 1970-73, India ink on paper (30 × 21 cm). Image Courtesy of Tchoban Foundation
Portrait of Álvaro Siza, drawn by his wife: Maria Antónia Siza Ca. 1970-73, India ink on paper (30 × 21 cm). Image Courtesy of Tchoban Foundation

The Tchoban Foundation - Museum for Architectural Drawing in Berlin shared with us this article about the exhibition Siza: Unseen and Unknown curated by architect António Choupina together with Dr. h. c. Kristin Feireiss. According to them, "this exhibition was conceived as a family show, not in the sense of an architectural dynasty but rather as a lyrical collection of drawings from the architect’s private surroundings". The selected drawings are from the Siza family’s own collection and include sketches from known and less well-known projects, as well as architectural fantasies.

Álvaro Siza was born in 1933, on the same year that the Bauhaus closed its doors. He is perhaps the last living modernist or, at the very least, the most significant voice to carry out the unfinished modernist project all the way into the 21st century.

Siza: Unseen and Unknown showcases this continuity through 100 sketches, as well as its unavoidable contradictions. These drawings are from his most personal archive, in addition to small collections of close friends and family. Hence, they focus not only on the professional legacy but also on the familial one, where Maria Antónia Siza (1940-1973) takes centre stage. His wife will draw him, he will draw her and the loving embrace of the human body will be transversal to architecture, art, life.

Offices and Workplaces: Examples in Plan

07:00 - 7 March, 2019
Offices and Workplaces: Examples in Plan, © Fabián Dejtiar
© Fabián Dejtiar

The functional distribution plays a fundamental role in the contemporary design of offices and places for work. The study of the architecture plan shows an interesting form of approach; not only allows for proper logistics and circulation but find efficient variations and innovations that will enable better workspaces that adapt to the current needs.

We have selected more than 50 plans of projects that will inspire you, recognizing the different ways in which architects have faced the challenge to design offices, in all different scale ranges.

60 Best Residential Axonometric Drawings

04:00 - 7 March, 2019
60 Best Residential Axonometric Drawings, White Pagoda Temple Hutong Courtyard Renovation / B.L.U.E. Architecture Studio
White Pagoda Temple Hutong Courtyard Renovation / B.L.U.E. Architecture Studio

Residência nas Palmeiras / Abraham John Architects Casa 4x6x6 / dua studio A House of Small Talks / WARP architects The House Between a Well and a Light Tower / Harsh Vardhan Jain Architects + 59

During the professional life of an architect, the task of designing a residence can be a frequent occurrence. As the project develops, representing a vision in a determined space through a set of drawings is certainly one of the primary tasks of the design process. While the architect has a certain level of visual literacy, sometimes the client won't necessarily understand all the drawings. Going beyond the two-dimensionality of the plans, sections and elevations, axonometric perspectives are presented as an efficient instrument in the spatial representation of the project. When adding the notion of third dimension—and even though it’s presented by on a 2D sheet of paper—it gives a better understanding to those unfamiliar with technical drawings.

The Freehand Sketches of Pritzker Prize Winners

05:00 - 27 February, 2019
The Freehand Sketches of Pritzker Prize Winners, © Foster + Partners
© Foster + Partners

Sketches are the first inkling into the design process of an architect, a way of observing and investigating a project’s development or even representing solutions for it. Through an architect’s sketches, one can better understand how a specific design move mirrors echoes throughout an entire work. Here, we have compiled sketches by Pritzker Prize winners - designers who have been awarded the highest recognization in the field of architecture - offering diverse techniques that can certainly inspire your next freehand experiment.

The Creative Process of Zaha Hadid, As Revealed Through Her Paintings

06:30 - 25 February, 2019
Vision for Madrid - 1992. Image Cortesía de Zaha Hadid
Vision for Madrid - 1992. Image Cortesía de Zaha Hadid

Internationally renowned for her avant-garde search for architectural proposals that reflect modern living, Zaha Hadid made abstract topographical studies for many of her projects, intervening with fluid, flexible and expressive works that evoke the dynamism of contemporary urban life.

In order to further knowledge of her creative process and the development of her professional projects, here we have made a historic selection of her paintings which expand the field of architectural exploration through abstract exercises in three dimensions. These artistic works propose a new and different world view, questioning the physical constraints of design, and showing the creative underpinnings of her career.

The Peak - 1983. Image Cortesía de Zaha Hadid The World (89 Degrees) - 1983. Image Cortesía de Zaha Hadid Great Utopias - 1992. Image Cortesía de Zaha Hadid Hafenstrasse Development. Image Cortesía de Zaha Hadid + 34

Lina Bo Bardi’s Relationship with Drawing Explored by the Fundació Joan Miró’s Exhibition

08:30 - 20 February, 2019
Lina Bo Bardi’s Relationship with Drawing Explored by the Fundació Joan Miró’s Exhibition, Image of the exhibition "Lina Bo Bardi Drawing" at the Fundació Joan Miró. © Fundació Joan Miró, Barcelona. Photo: Pep Herrero
Image of the exhibition "Lina Bo Bardi Drawing" at the Fundació Joan Miró. © Fundació Joan Miró, Barcelona. Photo: Pep Herrero

The Fundació Joan Miró presents Lina Bo Bardi Drawing, the first exhibition to focus specifically on the role of drawing in the life and work of the Italian-born Brazilian architect.

The exhibition features a carefully selected collection of a hundred drawings from the Instituto Lina Bo e P. M. Bardi, bearing witness to the importance of drawing in all the stages of Bo Bardi’s multifaceted career. The project has been curated by another architect, Zeuler Rocha Lima - also an artist, researcher, and international expert on Bo Bardi - with support from the Fundació Banco Sabadell.

Image of the exhibition "Lina Bo Bardi Drawing" at the Fundació Joan Miró. © Fundació Joan Miró, Barcelona. Photo: Pep Herrero Image of the exhibition "Lina Bo Bardi Drawing" at the Fundació Joan Miró. © Fundació Joan Miró, Barcelona. Photo: Pep Herrero © Instituto Lina Bo e P. M. Bardi. Image Courtesy of Fundació Joan Miró, Barcelona © Instituto Lina Bo e P. M. Bardi. Image Courtesy of Fundació Joan Miró, Barcelona + 15

A Selection of the Best Architecture Sketches: Alberto Campo Baeza

12:00 - 19 February, 2019
Asencio 1998. Image Cortesía de Alberto Campo Baeza
Asencio 1998. Image Cortesía de Alberto Campo Baeza

MA 2009. Image Cortesía de Alberto Campo Baeza Almeria 2003. Image Cortesía de Alberto Campo Baeza Asencio 1998. Image Cortesía de Alberto Campo Baeza Gaspar 1991. Image Cortesía de Alberto Campo Baeza + 30

A while ago I was researching material on the internet for a project about representation in architecture, so I started reviewing the websites of different architecture offices. Several passed quickly, without much notice, however, I found some that kept me completely immersed. I explored and appreciated the sensibilities of their authors, whose penchant for drawings and freehand sketches I hadn’t previously known. Within those libraries of mental excursions, I discovered Alberto Campo Baeza’s drawing library; I loved it so much that I decided to share it with you.

The Best Drawing Tutorials for Architects on YouTube

05:00 - 14 February, 2019
The Best Drawing Tutorials for Architects on YouTube, Screenshot do vídeo "Sketch like an Architect (Techniques + Tips from a Real Project)", de 30X40 Design Workshop
Screenshot do vídeo "Sketch like an Architect (Techniques + Tips from a Real Project)", de 30X40 Design Workshop

The slightly trembling linework, the distinctive crossed corners, the parallel hatching, and the uppercase letters: it is undeniable that architects have developed a style of drawing over time. And though free-hand perspectives are no longer the only (or even primary) form of representation for architectural projects, they still have enormous importance during the design process. They are a design tool rather than a form of representation. 

A line that is too thick, an ill-chosen color, a disproportionate scale figure – these are all elements that can draw attention away from the things we actually want to show. Even for an unpretentious and quick sketch, some rules are very important. Some tips help turn an ordinary sketch into something you take pride in and want to show to others. Taking advantage of the huge collection of youtube videos, we have selected some content creators who dedicate themselves to sharing their expertise with the masses. 

Herzog and de Meuron Donate Selection of Works to MoMA

07:00 - 2 February, 2019
Herzog and de Meuron Donate Selection of Works to MoMA

Over 40 years of practice, Herzog + de Meuron have established themselves as one of the most celebrated practices in architecture. Their works span scale and site but are united by a sensitivity to material and detail that, today, often seems to fall by the wayside. The inner workings of the practice are notoriously private, but those interested in the process behind the project may soon have reason to celebrate.

Herzog and de Meuron Donate Selection of Works to MoMA Herzog and de Meuron Donate Selection of Works to MoMA Herzog and de Meuron Donate Selection of Works to MoMA Herzog and de Meuron Donate Selection of Works to MoMA + 11

The Best Architectural Drawings of 2018

04:00 - 6 January, 2019
The Best Architectural Drawings of 2018, © The Open Workshop
© The Open Workshop

With the mission of providing tools and inspiration to architects all around the world, ArchDaily’s curators are constantly searching for new projects, ideas and forms of expression. For the past three years, ArchDaily has showcased the best discoveries of each year, and in keeping with tradition, we would like to share the best architecture drawings published throughout 2018.

What is the role of contemporary drawing in architecture? We approach the definition of drawing as design itself. Drawings are used to explain principles, to deliver ideas, to construct new architecture, and to document creative processes.
Below you will see the selection of drawings arranged under six categories: Context, Architectural Drawings, Sketches & Hand-drawn, Digital Collages, Conceptual Drawings & Diagrams and Animated Gifs. Each chosen drawing strengthens the proposed construction or enhances the built work.

We also invite you to review collections from previous years here or other drawing-related posts selected by our editors in the following link.

A Selection of the Best Architecture Sketches: Rogelio Ruiz Fernández

05:00 - 19 December, 2018
A Selection of the Best Architecture Sketches: Rogelio Ruiz Fernández, Sketch Tabacalera Gijon Competition . Image Courtesy of Rogelio Ruiz Fernández
Sketch Tabacalera Gijon Competition . Image Courtesy of Rogelio Ruiz Fernández

An active ArchDaily collaborator, architect and doctor Rogelio Ruiz Fernández, has emerged as a great enthusiast of cinema, architecture, cities and landscapes. He expresses his love for visual arts, architecture, and culture through his drawings. In these moments, he documents trips, his favorite locales, and project ideas that will later become works of architecture.

Below, Ruiz Fernandez explains his creative process and the importance of sketches in his work. 

Tips For Drawing Trees in Architectural Renderings

04:00 - 29 November, 2018
Tips For Drawing Trees in Architectural Renderings, © Brasil Arquitetura
© Brasil Arquitetura

We all have that childhood memory of drawing a little house with a door and a window, a gabled roof, and a tree. But what sets architects apart from the rest of the population is that we continue to draw this after childhood, usually with a bit more technique. And just as our residential designs were becoming more complex and complete, the design of our trees needed to improve a bit as well (that broccoli-like shape would not please customers and teachers alike.) Although generally, trees are not the main focus of drawings, they play an important role in the composition of sketches, mainly to represent the scale, intended shading, or some intention of landscaping.

Understanding and Using Architectural Scales

07:45 - 5 November, 2018
Understanding and Using Architectural Scales, © ArchDaily
© ArchDaily

The work of an architect and urban planner can take on many forms thanks to the diverse curricular composition of most graduate courses, with subjects that deal with designing in different scales and contexts. From great urban plans to home renovations, and the metropolis to furniture design, these branches deal with different objects, however, all in common are the use of drawing and models as a tool for representation.

Whatever the project may be, drawing is the way to represent reality, ideas, speculations, and conceptions. Scale, a factor that establishes the level of reading one must make of these representations, determines the link between the real world and the dimensions of the drawing or model. For instance, the scale 1:1 is also known as “full size.”

Partners In Health Dormitory / Sharon Davis Design. Courtesy of Sharon Davis Design Skjern / Johansen Skovsted Arkitekter River Pumping Stations. Courtesy of Johansen Skovsted Arkitekter Map of Material Flows - Physical traces of commodities trading. Courtesy of the Brazilian Pavilion at the Venice Biennale 2018 Communal Kitchen of the Lands of the Coast / ateliermob + Collective Warehouse. Courtesy of ateliermob + Collective Warehouse + 16

Public Bathrooms: Examples in Plan and Section

04:00 - 17 October, 2018
Public Bathrooms: Examples in Plan and Section, © Fabián Dejtiar
© Fabián Dejtiar

Who has not felt the anxiety of using a restroom outside the comfort of their home? Various architects have experimented with proposals that address these stressful situations, addressing the efficiency of public restrooms from their sanitary facilities, spatial distribution and, mainly, privacy and comfort.

These variations can be seen in the planimetry of numerous examples published on our site. We've selected a number of projects that can inspire your next design. 

School Architecture: 70 Examples in Plan and Section

12:00 - 14 October, 2018
School Architecture: 70 Examples in Plan and Section

For architects, schools are often complex structures to design. They must provide a variety of spaces for education, and also consider sports and recreational activities. But beyond its size or surface, the greatest challenge is to design an area that fosters a positive pedagogical environment for children. Below, a selection of 70 school projects with their drawings to inspire your proposals for learning campuses.

Airports: Examples in Plan & Section

04:00 - 5 October, 2018
Airports: Examples in Plan & Section, © Fabián Dejtiar
© Fabián Dejtiar

Airports require architectural solutions that not only respond to the efficiency of their spaces and circulations - both operational and passenger - but also to their connection with other transport systems and terminals.

Take a look at 10 airports/terminals and their plans and section below.

Hair Salons and Barbershops: Examples in Plan and Section

04:00 - 2 October, 2018
Hair Salons and Barbershops: Examples in Plan and Section, © Fabián Dejtiar
© Fabián Dejtiar

In recent years hair salons and barbershops have begun to incorporate different activities - a programmatic hybridization almost necessary in today's service economy. 

Several architects have been commissioned to propose alternatives to the standard beauty salon/barbershop to not only address an efficient configuration but stunning interior aesthetics.

Take a look at 10 barbershops and beauty salons with their plan and section.