Tokyo Blur by César Ordóñez.

Exhibition. [BCN] Spain.
metalocus, SARA REBOLLO
César Ordoñez's new exhibition 'Tokyo Blur' will open in Barcelona on November 4th, 8:00 p.m at Galería Atelier, Pl. Rovira y Trias, 9.

Tokyo Blur is artist César Ordóñez's new project in Japan. The fourth project developed in the city of Tokyo and the name of his third solo exhibition in Barcelona.

The exhibition consists of about fifty black and white images which were mostly taken at night and often show a high degree of abstraction. They take the...


Philips Wing Refurbishment by Cruz y Ortiz to open 1st November.

[Amsterdan] Netherlands.
The new exhibition wing of the Rijksmuseum on Museumplein will open on the 1st of November. In the Philips Wing, the museum will organise high-profile exhibitions with art from its own collection and art on loan from international and national collections. In the Philips Wing, for the first time in its history, the Rijksmuseum will have a permanent room to exhibit photography. The first exhibition there will be Document Nederland: The Netherlands – Belgium. The opening of the new Philips Wing completes the second phase of the transformation of the Rijksmuseum.

Rijksmuseum shows the facade of Breda Castle in all its glory once again.


From 1 November the public will once again be able to admire a wall from Count Henry III of Nassau’s Breda Castle in the renovated Philips Wing. The wall (2nd quarter of the 16th century) was part of the castle’s stable complex...


Álvaro Siza and Herzog & de Meuron win the inaugural MCHAP.

metalocus, JOSÉ JUAN BARBA.
Architecture, Prizes
Iberê Camargo Foundation by Álvaro Siza and 1111 Lincoln Road by Herzog & de Meuron win the inaugural MCHAP.

Kenneth Frampton, MCHAP (Mies Crown Hall Americas Prize) Jury President, announced the inaugural winners of MCHAP2000-2008 and MCHAP2009-2013 at a benefit award dinner honoring the seven finalists held at S. R. Crown Hall on the campus of Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT...


A Swedish town being moved 3km so it doesn't fall into a mine.

[Kiruna] Sweden
metalocus, ÁNGEL BLANCO.
Sweden’s most northerly town is being relocated to avoid being swallowed up by the world’s largest iron-ore mine.

The New Kiruna. The challenge to relocate the city centre of Kiruna attracted architects from around the world. A total of 57 teams showed interest, of which 10 were selected to participate in the competition. White arkitekter working with Ghilardi + Hellsten Arkitekter won the competition with the proposal titled “Kiruna 4-ever”for a 20-year masterplan of Kiruna’s phased...


Marcel Duchamp and the Architecture of Desire.

Book. By Penelope Haralambidou. Bartlett. [LON] UK.
metalocus, SARA REBOLLO.
'Marcel Duchamp and the Architecture of Desire' is the result of a research project by architect, researcher and lecturer Penelope Haralambidou. She examines the link between architectural thinking and Duchamp's work using the tools of the architect - design, drawing and making. Through three main themes - allegory, visuality and desire - the book sets out an different drawing practice between art and architecture that leads us up to Duchamp.

While much has been written on Marcel Duchamp - one of the twentieth century's most beguiling artists - the subject of his flirtation with architecture seems to have been largely overlooked. Yet, in the carefully arranged plans and sections organising the blueprint of desire in the Large Glass, his numerous pieces replicating architectural fragments, and his involvement in designing exhibitions, Duchamp's fascination...


Chang Ucchin Museum in Yangju by Chae-Pereira Architects.

By Chae-Pereira Architects [Yangju] South Korea.
metalocus, BELEN CALLEJO
This Museum designed by Chae-Pereira Architects, in the city of Yangju, was initiated by the collaboration of the Chang Ucchin Foundation. Chang Ucchin is a preeminent painter of the Korean modern period. For that reason, this project was focused on designing a specific space that would reflect the painting’s own character. A singular building that presents the ambiguity of simultaneously being an animal figure, an abstract sign, a traditional house and a labyrinth.

Description of the project by Chae-Pereira Architects.



New Learning and Research Center at Alcalá de Henares by Echeverría y Celis.

By Flavio Celis and Ernesto Echeverría, Alcalá de Henares [MAD], Spain.
metalocus, ALEX DURO.
Alcalá de Henares University (UAH) recover the old Cuartel del Príncipe building, built in 1859, for changing its use into a teaching and investigation one. Once again the quality of the Alcalá de Henares City Center is used to provide the University with a singular space as this one for everyone.

Cuartel del Príncipe, built in 1859, is located in the San Diego Square where we also find the Chancellor Office of the Alcalá de Henares University which was the old Colegio de San Idelfonso (built in the 16th century). The project seeks to recover this historical building for changing its use into a teaching one, a common operation in the Alcalá de Henares University culture...


Şişhane Park by SANALarc in Istanbul.

[VIDEO] By SANALarc. [Istanbul] Turkey.
And again today Turkey, with this third project also in Istanbul. Turkish SANALarc architecture firm completed Şişhane Park in the marvelous city of Istanbul. This new public park in Beyoğlu, on the European side of the city, has sunset decks, a silhouette ramp, an open-air theater and an underground car park with space for 1000 cars.

The design of this large park in the heart of Istanbul is adapted to the city's steep topography through various platforms that create terraces from which residents, and the large number of tourists who visit this part of town, can watch wonderful sunsets over the Golden Horn.


Winners: Holcim Awards Gold Africa Middle East 2014.

metalocus, INÉS LALUETA.
Architecture, Prizes
The twelve winning projects of the Holcim Awards 2014 Africa Middle East focus mainly on enhancing social and environmental resilience, as well as the economy of construction. The winning submissions show how multi-disciplinary responses to the challenges facing design and building are being developed. A green building in Turkey, an urban forest rehabilitation in Lebanon, and a low-cost housing plan in Ethiopia received the top prizes.

An international jury led by Howayda Al-Harithy (Lebanon) selected the winners using the “target issues” for sustainable construction that include the “triple bottom line” of environmental, social and economic performance, and also recognize the need for architectural excellence and a high degree of transferability. Twelve projects in Africa Middle East to be implemented in nine countries were recognized with a total...


Sancaklar Mosque and its Anatomy, by Emre Arolat Architects.

[VIDEO] by Sarraf-Galeyan-Mekanik. [Istanbul] Turkey
metalocus, INÉS LALUETA.
SGMStudio (Sarraf, Galeyan, Mekanik) has filmed a short documentary about Sancaklar Mosque, a project by EAA – Emre Arolat Architects. The building that stands out as one of the rare examples of modern architecture among Turkey's Islamic places of worship. SGMStudio’s “Sancaklar Mosque” premiered at Architecture Week Prague as part of EAA’s exhibition.

this documentary show us the rise the project which stands out among Turkey's Islamic places of worship dominated by historicist building typologies.

Known for its works at the 1st Istanbul Design Biennial’s “Musibet” exhibition and cooperations with various NGO's focusing on the built environment, creative media practice SGMStudio visualized the transformation of steel,...



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