A friend of mine gave me a copy of the book, Siteless: 1001 construction forms by François Blanciak as a gift a few years ago, and I often use it for reference images and inspiration for my designs. Although I am not an architect and this is an architecture inspired book, the shapes it contains are great for drawing inspiration, parts of creatures or just fun candy.
Siteless, released in 2008, includes 1,001 different building shapes – “structural pests, chain link towers, ball bearing floors, wavy corners, exponential balconies, radial facades, creeping frames, forensic dwellings” and more. The forms are all drawn freehand and arranged 12 per page, in no particular order. Besides the title of each form, the book contains few words, which I welcome as it allows me to get lost in the forms as a reader. The end of the book shows what building these shapes looks like in real life, at an architectural site in Tokyo.
The book is a great resource for artists and designers who draw things like architecture, interiors, products, etc., and therefore a great reference book to have on hand, but it is also great for drawing. general inspiration. Art students, architects, interior designers, furniture designers, product designers and graphic designers take note: this is a great book to have on hand and I highly recommend it
From the MIT Press website:
Its author, a young French architect practicing in Tokyo, admits that he “did not do this out of respect for the architecture, but rather out of deep boredom with the discipline, as a sort of compulsive reaction”. What would happen if architects freed their minds from the constraints of site, schedule and budget? he asks. The result is a book saturated with form and as free of words as any architectural book the MIT Press has ever published.