Comic strip-style or photorealistic architectural renderings?

By Ness Lafoy. RIBA. Bronze Medal for best Part 1 design project.
metalocus, JOSÉ JUAN BARBA.
Architectural renderings that don’t look like videogames. In fact this is an interesting question. You have probably used or seen architectural renderings at some point. Now, the coolest, are those photorealistic composite images that show what the buildings could someday look like, however, they often end up in some strange uncanny valley between the real and the imagined, like frames from a videogame cut screen.

The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) President’s Medals are considered the most prestigious and established awards in architectural education in the world.

Ness Lafoy and her proposal 'Helsinki Archipelago Town Hall’ was awarded the Bronze Medal for best Part 1 design project. Vanessa Lafoy, a recent graduate from the Bartlett School of Architecture at University College of London,...


Ideas to resurrect abandoned Paris metro stations.

By Manal Rachdi, OXO architectes & Nicolas Laisné Associés. [PAR] France.
metalocus, INÉS LALUETA.
Architecture, Design, Projects
Paris has a lot of stations closed and have new ideas to recover, from 'ghost' station to swimming pool, a theatre or a restaurant among ideas. A mayoral candidate in Paris wants to transform the city's abandoned metro stations. And like so many things Parisian, the ideas are getting attention worldwide. Today the designs by French studios Oxo Architectes and Laisné Associés to renovate abandoned Metro stations in Paris.

Paris has 16 disused Metro stations, most of which closed between 1930-1970. A small number were also built but never opened. Previously the stations have been used as temporary sets for advertising campaigns and films. Porte-des-Lilas, a disused station closed in 1935, was used as a backdrop in 2001 film Amélie.


New 3D Sydney Opera House unveiled for its 40th Anniversary.

[VIDEO] de from The Glasgow School of Art.
metalocus, JOSÉ JUAN BARBA.
Innovative project by Historic Scotland, Glasgow School of Art’s Digital Design Studio and CyArk offers a new 21st Century perspective on world-famous landmark.

A landmark Scottish heritage project has delivered a precise, 3D model of Australia’s most famous building as part of the Opera House’s 40th Anniversary.

Exact to within 6 millimetres, the Scottish Ten 3D model provides vital conservation and maintenance data as the Opera House enters a decade of renewal. The new virtual Opera House will also be invaluable in terms of opening the world’s busiest performing arts centre up to people wherever they are and whenever they...


The most famous glasses in history.

Mondo Galería. [MAD] 06-15/02/2014
metalocus, INÉS LALUETA.
MONDO GALLERY presents "The Most Famous Glasses of History", which opens through a partnership with GafaVintage.com

The exhibition consists of a very special selection of glasses that were used by showbiz celebrities of the last century.

Some of the most iconic frames of the twentieth century will be displayed at Mondo Gallery from 6 to 15 February. Film, music, art, society ... the glasses also reflect the evolution of fashion history in a selection that includes pieces from the 50s to the 90s. For 9 days, it will...


Facebook 10th anniversary!! and Introducing Paper to Facebook.

metalocus, LUIS TERRAIN
Facebook has grown into an Internet giant over the last decade and is celebrating its 10th birthday, acording this, Facebook introduces Paper, an immersive news reading app. Explore and share stories from friends and the world around you. Available for the iPhone in the US on February 3rd.

Conceived as the first product from Facebook Creative Labs, the San Francisco-based social media network has introduced ‘Paper’, an app that helps users explore and share stories from friends and the world around them. The new application provides a more visually engaging storytelling experience, with a refined, immersive design and fullscreen, distraction-free layouts. The team at Facebook has also made it...


Time to make a book. Patricia Urquiola.

Rizzoli New York.
metalocus, JOSÉ JUAN BARBA.
The first monograph on the works of Patricia Urquiola, whose eclectic approach to product design and architecture has established her as one of the key figures in contemporary design. A superstar in the world of design, Patricia Urquiola s portfolio of architectural projects and product designs is as diverse as it is intensely personal from a house for Patrizia Moroso, to the interiors of boutique hotels, to industrial design, and with products that include chairs, watches, and cutlery.

Her eclectic eye, her design style, and the “thinking with the hands” effectively sums up the Spanish designer’s working method, Patricia Urquiola, one of the most sought minds in contemporary design. In title of this book already reveals a declaration: to seize the day, the moment and the time necessary for a deeper look at her work, to lay down in black-and-white the milestones in an articulated journey.


Zimoun: 43 prepared dc-motors, 31.5kg packing paper, 2013.

Zimoun 2013 [VIDEO] from STUDIO ZIMOUN.
metalocus, SARA REBOLLO
Art, Design, VIDEO
Today we are pleased to announce the new video from Studio Zimoun portraying the installation they developed in 2013 for Orbital Garden Bern, in the capital city of Switzerland. Zimoun's projects are always very interesting; this project is called «43 prepared dc-motors, 31.5kg packing paper» but it could easily be renamed after the curious and evocative feeling it provokes.

The motors are situated beneath the packing papers activated the sweeping surface, shifting different segments at various intervals so that the entire expanse seems to be a paper sea, the surface stirs with a rustling sound that is very much a part of the sculpture’s intention — patterns of noise and sequences of echoing audio materialize in the kinetic sphere.

Recent displays of Zimoun's work include exhibitions at...


The Color Project at IFP Media Center.

by MPC New York [VIDEO] from MPC Digital.
metalocus, LUIS TERRAIN
Design, VIDEO
‘The Color Project’ explores narratives through colour. The project, created by MPC New York in collaboration with artist Thompson Harrell, explores narratives through colour, line, and form found in geographic satellite imagery. The piece utilizes Google Earth, and custom software programmatically records the geographical features of each location, which are presented on an impressive wall of 27 HD screens.

The main technical hurdle was scale: the sheer amount of content needed to create the installation was prohibitive without a scalable custom software solution.  We first needed to analyze well over 1,000 square miles of satellite imagery from 12 different locations, and identify hundreds of "meaningful" colors at pixel-level in each location.

The formal motifs of...


OPEN Prototype for Temporary Sales Pavilion.

By Open Architecture. [Beijing] China.
metalocus, SARA REBOLLO
It is highly probable that a temporary sales pavilion will be built before the selling of any new housing project in China. These pavilions become an opportunity for architects to test and try out new ideas and experiments. OPEN Architecture designed this prototype for a temporary pavilion that includes the possibilty of being disassembled, moved and reassembled on a different location. This pavilion is the result of concepts and experimentation based on ten years long research on mass-customization.

Memory of project.

As a unique Chinese architectural typology in recent years, sales pavilion reflects rather interesting phenomena. A sales pavilion will surely be built before the...


25 dresses for 25 cities. Fashion paper by Jule Waibel for Bershka

[VIDEO] from Jule Waibel. Trhough 31/01/2014
metalocus, INÉS LALUETA.
Art, Design
Taking advantage of the sales season, the Spanish brand Bershka has launched a special project to the young German designer Jule Waibel, who inspired in the mysterious bag of Mary Poppins has designed a collection of dresses in paper titled "Entfaltung" (unfold/expand/develop) with the help of a complex and expressive folding technique.

The garments are showcased in windows of selected Bershka shops  around the world. Jule exhibits in 24 stores around the world (the end is one less), from Madrid...



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