Ruiz-Larrea & Asociados first prize in 'Madrid 0,0'.

Competition, Torrejón de Ardoz [MAD] Spain.
metalocus, ALEX DURO.
Madrid based architects Ruiz-Larrea & Asociados have been awarded with the first prize in the competition 'Madrid 0,0' sponsored by Solvia and the Colegio Oficial de Arquitectos de Madrid with their proposal '0,0 La Sin de Solvia'.

The proposal by Ruiz-Larrea & Asociados consists on 98 houses near zero consumption in Torrejón de Ardoz, Madrid. It tries to give answer to the nowadays needs of ecological and respectfull housing construction with the close environment, making use of systems as heat recovery, ground-air exchange or control of the thermal bridges.


According to Herzog the Milan Expo will be an "obsolete vanity fair"

2015 Milan Expo [MIL] Italy
metalocus, INÉS LALUETA.
Architect Jacques Herzog – one of the original master planners – has launched an attack against the 2015 Milan Expo, branding it a vanity fair that he thinks will be embarrassing and a waste of money. Herzog, one of the two founders of Swiss firm Herzog & de Meuron, said he believed the Milan Expo 2015 has been a missed opportunity to radically reinvent the format of the World's Fair.

"We decided only to accept the invitation to design the Milan masterplan if our client would accept a radically new vision for a world exhibition; abandoning these monuments of individual national pride that have turned all expos since the mid-19th century into obsolete vanity fairs," said Jacques Herzog.



Salir por la tangente o Escuelas de Arquitectura como hongos.

O exportar hongos.
metalocus, JOSÉ JUAN BARBA.
Architecture, OPINION
La situación de producción de arquitectos es un tema debatido desde hace tiempo. El mismo Consejo Superior de los Colegios de Arquitectos de España (CSCAE) ni siquiera conoce cuál es el número de arquitectos que hay actualmente. Se barajan cifras que van desde los 60.000 a los 72.000 arquitectos. Es un debate constante poder conocer con exactitud dicho número, especialmente por la profunda desafección que se produce en las nuevas generaciones hacia las instituciones oficiales y porque según datos como los del Sindicato de arquitectos el 71% de los arquitectos españoles se encontrarían en paro.

Muchas de las escuelas privadas han visto reducir sus alumnos drásticamente y algunas ven incluso en entredicho su propia existencia. ¿Qué ha ocurrido para llegar a esta situación? ¿Por qué se dan versiones claramente inciertas, como ocurría en el artículo publicado en el periódico El País, dando carta blanca a la versión que dan los...


Residential towers measuring 50 metres tall in Paris.

By Hamonic + Masson & Associés and Comte Vollenweider, [PAR] France.
metalocus, DANIEL MADERA
Architecture, HOUSING
Hamonic + Masson & Associés and Comte Vollenweider break the existing tradition during the last 40 years in Paris constructing a residential building of 50 meters height. The building will accommodate 96 apartments, 92 social housings, shops and parking car.

The architects Hamonic + Masson & Associes and Comte Vollenweider tried to answer to the request of suburban individual housings into a scale of building apartments. Because of this reason, they had to realize 200 apartments, all of them difference, with good views, light, etc. obtaining so that every apartment has...


Matadero de Madrid goes to Paris with DO!DISTURB.

Together with the MoMA PS1, the Tate Modern and the Palais de Tokyo [PAR] France. 10/11/12.04.2015
The first edition of DO!DISTURB, international festival of visual and performing arts, will take place at the Palais de Tokyo, Paris, next April 10, 11 and 12, and will feature Matadero Madrid together with other institutions worldwide known as the MoMA PS1, Tate Modern, the Centre National des Arts Plastiques and Le FRAC Lorrain.

Six selected artists from the Matadero Madrid will participate on the first DO!DISTURB edition at the Palais de Tokyo, Paris.


'Bucky' illustrated: 'Buckminster Fuller on The Geodesic Life'.

[VIDEO] by Quoted Studios.
This entertaining video makes a journey through Buckminster Fuller's life using as starting point two interviews from 1965 and 1970.

Taking advantage of two interviews with Buckminster Fuller in both 1965 and 1970, Blank on Blank team launch a new miniserie saga under the title "The Experimenters". The explicative video...


RIBA's call in two phases to redesign a remote island.

Competition. [Tristan da Cunha] UK
RIBA seeks architects for the redesign of a small community with less than 300 inhabitants in a remote island in the southern part of the Atlantic Ocean. Do you dare to try?

To coincide with the island's 200th Anniversary in 2016, the Tristanians are keen to see how the built environment and energy efficiency of all homes and government buildings can be improved. Design teams (to be led by a practising registered architect) from around the globe are invited to participate in this unique design competition that is seeking ideas to help the community become self-sustainable and ensure that...


Red Star Macalline Commercial by OK Go

metalocus, INÉS LALUETA.
Videoclip, "Red Star Macalline Commercial" by OK Go (Official video).

Our Saturday music video by Kim Pimmel (Official Music Video). METALOCUS MUSIC PROJECT.

This is a commercial we did for the Chinese furniture store Red Star Macalline. It's a visual reference to our video "The Writing's on the Wall" but set to...


Kickstart a Pair of Summer Pavilions for FIGMENT New York!

metalocus, INÉS LALUETA.
FIGMENT is the summer-long art and design festival on Governors Island, New York. This time has selected, not one, but two pavilions to be built for its 2015 summer "City of Dreams" program. The two designs are well underway, but they need your help to make it across the finish line. They are both seeking funding for construction, so if you have an interest in New York City's cultural programming, check out their Kickstarter campaigns and chip in to show your support!

- Billion Oyster Pavilion by New York-based BanG studio is a combination of the City of Dreams brief and the work of The New York Harbor School’s Billion Oyster Project. "El Billion Oyster Pavilion está construido enteramente con materiales utilizados por el...


New BbyB boutique at Ginza by Nendo

[Tokyo] Japan
metalocus, INÉS LALUETA.
Colourful chocolate bars are displayed in a transparent chest of drawers in this Tokyo shop designed by Japanese studio Nendo for a Belgian chocolatier. The project is the latest in a string of chocolate-related designs by the studio led by Oki Sato. The designer created a lounge area surrounded by a cascade of 2,000 chocolate-coloured pipes at Maison&Objet, where he received the trade fair's Designer of the Year award earlier this year.

The presentation reminds us of our METALOCUS issue on paper, gorgeous play of colors, squares and cubes.

The first overseas shop for BbyB., designed by Nendo, the chocolate shop by Antwerp-based, two-Michelin star chef Bart Desmidt. With their bar form, BbyB.’s chocolates may look the same from...



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