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,...


The Reina Sofia Museum accepts the storage of the Lafuente archive.

M.N.C.A.R.S. [MAD] Spain. [Only in Spanish]
metalocus, INÉS LALUETA.
Pasará a formar parte de una red abierta e interconectada con el objetivo de difundir sus contenidos, fomentando la investigación, el debate y la accesibilidad.

Esta importante incorporación de alrededor de 120.000 documentos se añade a la colección  que ya posee el Museo y lo amplía a otras áreas que son estratégicas para el mismo, especialmente en lo que se refiere a Latinoamérica.

El archivo Lafuente se compone de colecciones y fondos documentales sobre arte moderno y contemporáneo: dibujos, libros, revistas, catálogos, manifiestos, panfletos, publicaciones efímeras, grabados,...


Rail Baltic Pärnu Passenger Terminal Architectural Competition.

[Pärnu] Estonia
metalocus, INÉS LALUETA.
Architecture, Competitions
The Pärnu Municipal Government (in West-Estonia) announces an open architectural competition for the Rail Baltic Pärnu passenger terminal.

The main objective of this architectural competition is to find the best comprehensive spatial plan for Pärnu’s Rail Baltic passenger terminal and its immediate surroundings. The organisers wish to commission the construction design project for the terminal and its immediate surroundings from the winner of the competition, and also hope to include the winner in drawing up the detailed master plan for the area.



Korydallos City Hall by Potiropoulos D+L Architects.

[Athens] Greece.
metalocus, BELEN CALLEJO
Korydallos City Hall in Athens designed by Potiropoulos D+L Architects, stems from the idea of a pair of parallel prisms that support a third transverse volume shaping an armful that welcomes the citizen. The “H” shaped building seems to be “floating” over the urban landscape, developing an alternative narrative on the experiential relationship between the public building and the citizen.

Potiropoulos D+L Architects shows us another public building, in this case institutional. A building that wants to be more friendly and liaise between segregated parts of the city.


P.A.T.H. Houses by Philippe Starck and Riko.

metalocus, INÉS LALUETA.
With P.A.T.H., Philippe Starck and Riko launch the second generation of positive energy homes: a collection of prefabricated homes with high eco-technology systems.

After years of intense technological development, Philippe Starck and the Slovenian company Riko debut a unique line of “Prefabricated Accessible Technological Homes” – P.A.T.H. Combining Philippe Starck’s signature timeless design and Riko’s high expertise with state-of-the-art insulation and energy production technology...


Le Grand Plateau by Atelier Pierre Thibault.

Lake Heron. [Quebec] Canada.
Atelier Pierre Thibault completed on the Lake Heron, Canada, a house with a large terrace where the inhabitants could enjoy the view of the lake and of the silhouette of the mountains. Its wonderful location and the simple volume of the Grand Plateau make it a magical place where you can enjoy a new perspective on the lake.

Description of the project by Atelier Pierre Thibault.


MACAAL by Nieto Sobejano Arquitectos, at the Institut du Monde Arabe, Paris.

Museo de Arte Contemporáneo Africano Al Maaden [Paris] France.
metalocus, INÉS LALUETA.
Architecture, Projects
The MACAAL, promoted by the Fondation Alliances will be a centre dedicated to the dissemination and exhibition of the multiplicity of contemporary artistic expressions in the African continent.

The Museum will be built in Marrakech, near the Al Maaden Sculpture Park and responds to a program with an area of 7,700 m2 that includes exhibition spaces, conference rooms, documentation centre and public areas.

The project developed by Nieto Sobejano Arquitectos, in collaboration with Omar Alaoui Architectes, is a contemporary interpretation of the traditional Moroccan architecture, generated by...


Chapel in Nanjing Wanjing garden by AZL Architects.

[Nanjing - Jiangsu] China.
metalocus, INÉS LALUETA.
The practice AZL architects has just completed the Nanjing Wangjing garden chapel a 200 sqm small chapel is located along Nanjing’s Riverfront. The chapel is really only built of few materials: wood, steel, strong geometries and light.

A framed structure braced with minimal amounts of steel was chosen due to economic and time constraints as it is readily available and easily constructed. The versatility of the wood is also key in translating the concept of light into physical form. In the design of Wanjing Garden Chapel, the architect didn’t purposefully reject the “centrality” and “depth” of classical space sequence.


AFTERGLOW - Lightsuit Segment.

[VIDEO] from Sweetgrass Productions
metalocus, ÁNGEL BLANCO.
Design, VIDEO, Recommendations
From the depth of the creative visuals to the groundbreaking, never-been-done-before scale of the shoot, Afterglow is being hailed as one of the most cinematically profound ski movies ever made. Deep pillows and Alaskan spines, all filmed at night, with massive lights, custom made LED suits, and a national governments worth of logistics, planning, and civil engineering.

It’s only ten minutes long, but Sweetgrass Productions’ Afterglow is arguably the most cinematically profound ski movie ever made. The clip was shot entirely at night —a first for the genre— deep in the backcountry of British Columbia and Alaska, and the breathtaking footage achieved by the Sweetgrass team did not come easily. Sweetgrass’s founder and the director of Afterglow, oversaw crews that illuminated ski runs as long as 2,500...



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