Maori culture and modern art at Stainless steel museum.

Len Lye Contemporary Art Museum by Pattersons Associates [New Plymouth] New Zealand
metalocus, INÉS LALUETA.
The recently inaugurated Len Lye Centre is not just a gleaming new landmark, an stainless steel designed by local architects Pattersons Associates, for New Zealand's seaside city of New Plymouth; even though its shimmering mirror-effect steel facades ensure it states its presence with panache. The new project is also the country's very first museum dedicated to a single artist - pioneering Christchurch-born filmmaker and kinetic sculptor Len Lye.

The project was planned, by Pattersons Associates, to coexist structurally with the adjacent Govett Brewster Art gallery. In the words of his author, "the new museum had to create a dialogue with its neighbour, but at same time adopt a distinct identity". The two buildings are linked internally and they have a circulation route designed to allow...


Hospital Dormitory in Rwanda by Sharon Davis design.

[Rwinkwavu] Rwanda.
Two new “Share Houses” – designed by New York City-based Sharon Davis Design, in partnership with Rwanda Village Enterprise for Partners In Health and the Rwandan Ministry of Health – are opening this week in rural Rwinkwavu, Rwanda. This housing represents a major step forward for the local healthcare system in this remote area of Rwanda.

Sharon Davis Design has completed the construction of two share house facilities, located next to the Rwinkwavu Hospital on a steep hill, the Partners in Health Housing is meant to create a community space for those working in the facility, and ultimately to help improve healthcare standards...


La Quintaine Cultural Center by King Kong

[Chasseneuil-du-Poitou] France
metalocus, ÁNGEL BLANCO.
Photographies : The city council of Chasseneuil-du-Poitou has completed a new cultural center in a redevelopment area centred around the railway station. The commission to design the building -in public competition, was won by Atelier d'Architecture King Kong, an atelier based in Bourdeaux.

Atelier d'Architecture King Kong designed La Quintaine, a facility positioned at border to the outer perimeter, to limit noise pollution for those living in housing to the south of the plot. "We wished to create a very spacious building opening generously onto the gardens around it. The extremely demanding acoustic and technical requirements led us...


Cubo House by PHOOEY Architects.

[Melbourne] Australia.
This unusual house, located in Melbourne applies the technique of "Cubomanía" to re-build and re-invent the house recycling the old material from the demolition.

PHOOEY Architects, based in Melbourne, presents their project "Cube House", a sustainable house that replaces the rear elements a new habitable basement and restores some of the most significant parts of the house. The idea is to expose those old elements that have been replaced in a way not to disguise their original purpose but giving it a vision of...


A temporary museum with containers by Maya Ben Ammar

of AIR, Architects In Rome. [Cartago] Tunisia.
metalocus, IRENE GARCÍA.
A temporary museum made with 21 containers, some placed horizontally and others vertically creating a relationship between nature and architecture thanks to the natural light.

This <temporary museum> proyect by Maya Ben Ammar (AIR Architects) also falls into the trend of modular architecture that is based on the use of containers to create new spaces from modular elements that create a dynamic and rhythmic path, promoting the relationship between interior and...


Temporary public space by BudCud.

[Cracow] Poland
metalocus, LEONOR MARTÍN.
Architecture, Pavilions
To celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Jewish Culture Festival in Cracow held in Kazimierz, the Jewish Quarter of the city, the studio BudCud has designed a small temporary facility called FKŻ Quarter to host the activities during the festival and regenerate and bring social life to one of the few empty squares in the neighborhood.

Since most of the squares of the Jewish quarter of Crakow are occupied either by monuments or parked cars, the Polish studio BudCud along with the staff of the Jewish Culture Festival in Cracow decided to set the project in this square, on the backs of the Old Synagogue, a place only used by tour buses that bring tourists to the area. The project aims to provide an...


Apple Campus 2 visitors center.

The viewing-point will have views to the works of the main building [Cupertino - California] US
metalocus, INÉS LALUETA.
Architecture, Pavilions
While Apple’s ongoing development of its Campus 2 headquarters has been relatively secretive, Silicon Valley Business Journals revealed a previously unknown detail about the headquarters. According to documents filed with the city of Cupertino, Apple’s new headquarters will feature a visitor’s center with an observation deck.

The project will “give visitors of Apple Campus 2 the opportunity to see the Main Building from the rooftop observation deck,” Apple wrote in a planning document. The observation deck and visitor’s center is a glass structure with a carbon-fiber roof and large skylights. The ground floor holds a 2,386-square-foot cafe, as well as a 10,114-square-foot store. The store will allow “visitors to view and purchase the newest Apple products...


Le limonaie and Lake Garda. Villa Eden by David Chipperfield

Lake Garda [Gardone] Italy
David Chipperfield Architects has designed two villas in front of Lake Garda, in northern Italy, as part of a larger project, which includes seven villas, a hotel and an apartment building.

David Chipperfield Architects have completed a house at Lake Garda, Italy. The volumes of buildings are divided into one or two stories, trying reinterpret the region’s ‘limonaie’, distinctive pergola-like structures designed for the cultivation of lemons. Each volumes is designed by three solid walls built of natural stone masonry...


Beijing Tea House by Kengo Kuma and associates.

[Beijing] China.
metalocus, DANIEL MADERA.
Architecture, Pavilions
Kengo Kuma and associates has realized this small pavilion in Beijing. The building will work as a tea house.

The singular structure of the pavilion, realized with empty blocks of polyethylene by Kengo Kuma and associates, is a reinterpretation of the traditional masonry bricks, providing insulation while it allows the entry of light.


Zaha Hadid's Messner Mountain Museum opens in Dolomites.

Mount Kronplatz - Plan de Corones [Corones] Italy
Opening the Zaha Hadid's design of the sixth Messner Mountain Museum located on the summit plateau of Plan de Corones, South Tyrol, Italy. In collaboration with Reinhold Messner, one of the world’s most renowned mountaineers, as well as Kronplatz, the largest ski resort in the region, the Messner Mountain Museum (MMM Corones) is embedded within Mount Kronplatz.

The MMM Corones, which shall be devoted to Alpinism’s discipline, was planned by star  architect Zaha Hadid, who is well know for curving forms and elongated structures that avoid  right angles. It is for this reason that concrete is the MMM Corones’ dominant construction...



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