Chris Downey, An Architecture that goes beyond the sight.

[VIDEO] from AIANational
Chris Downey, is an architect who lost his sight in 2008 but he still designs. He is one of the few practicing architects without sight in the world and he has become pioneer in the field of architectural design for the visually impaired. "Before I lose sight I focused more on how a space looks, now I think about how the textures of the materials feel, temperatures and noise. I try to design more senses."

Despite having no vision, after recovery, in just one month Chris Downey ...


House in Tsudanuma by fuse-atelier

[VIDEO] by fuseshigeru, [Narashino] Japan.
metalocus, IRENE GARCÍA
Architecture, HOUSING, VIDEO
Fuse-atelier, presents this new house in Tsudanuma, in a busy Japanese street. It is a house of concrete where the main objective is the protection from outside noise and traffic by creating an interior space where the living areas are sorted by visual lines that introduce different spatial relationships while maintaining the privacy and freedom of the space.

Shigeru Fuse, founder of fuse-atelier, has designed this house for a couple in Tsudanuma. The search for privacy and protection from outside noises, and the urban limitations, has set back the upper part the house, the interior spaces are interconnected by a network of visual lines and flows. The large vertical space where the staircase is located works as the...


Trajan's Column? How a mysterious, ancient roman monument was built?

[VIDEO] directed by Hans Weise.
metalocus, DANIEL MADERA.
Architecture, VIDEO
This funny stop-motion animation tries, since a really fresh point of view, to explain how there was constructed one of the most enigmatic monuments of the ancient Rome, Trajano's Column. Under the animation, we will leave other video where the creators will explain us how the animation was done. Do not get lost it!

Trajano's Column is a monument raised in Rome on order of the emperor Trajano. He is in Trajano's Forum. It was finished in the year 114. The Column has 30 meters height, 38 if we take into account the pedestal. The column is composed by 18 big blocks of Carrara's marble, with beautiful bas-reliefs, each one weight is approximately 4 tons. An interior stairs allows to accede to the viewing-point.

Recent research sheds light on...


Jean Prouvé - Total filling station, 1969.

[VIDEO] by Patrick Seguin gallery. [PARIS] France
metalocus, LEONOR MARTÍN
Patrick Seguin gallery presents a video of the assembly of one of Jean Prouvé's various prefabricated works, that they have recovered to show the public. In this case it is a small gas station for Total oil company, which commissioned Prouvé the design in the late 60s.

Patrick Seguin Gallery promotes internationally French creators such as Jean Prouvé, Charlotte Perriand, Pierre Jeanneret, Le Corbusier, and Jean Royère. Currently, a prototype of this unit will be in DesignMiami/Basel until 21st June. 


Al Karama by Boa Mistura.

[VIDEO] from Boa Mistura. [Casbah - Algiers] Algeria.
metalocus, SILVIA BATRES.
Boa Mistura present us "Al Karama", a short documentary about their experience while they lived with Cashbah's people, Algier, in 2013. This made eight interventions that make up this project.

Boa Mistura made in 2013 this project named Al Karama, which means "dignity" in Arabic. They bring us this video where we can see their experience. In this project, part of CROSSROADS, Boa Mistura team tried to "give back" white walls to the old city, which has lost the color...


Jean Prouvé, the 6x6 House adapted by Richard Rogers.

DesignMiami 2015 [Basel] Switzerland.
The demountable house designed by the french architect, designer and engineer will be on display until June 21 on the occasion of the publication of DesignMiami / Basel 2015.

The office Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners have developed an adaptation of the ...


Interview about the new Whitney Museum; Piano in Charlie Rose

[VIDEO] from Charlie Rose
metalocus, IRENE GARCÍA
Architecture, VIDEO
A look at the new Whitney Museum of American Art with architect Renzo Piano and the museum's director, Adam Weinberg at Charlie Rose program. A interview with Renzo Piano and the museum’s director Adam Weinberg talking on the “remarkable story” behind the expansion and how its design incorporates, what Piano believes to be, seven elements that represent the essence of architecture: social life, urbanity, invention, construction, technology, poetry and light.

The new Whitney Museum of American Art by Renzo Piano officially opened its doors in New York this May after a 30 year of many proposals and projects.



House of Music by Coop Himmelb(l)au.

[VIDEOS] by Spirit of Space. By Coop Himmelb(l)au with Wolf Prix [Aalborg] Denmark.
metalocus, ALEX DURO.
House of Music project by Coop Himmelb(l)au is a hybrid element which combines the program of a music school and a concert hall in a typological search that brings to mind Le Corbusier's La Tourette. Access becomes the main artery to strengthen relations between users (students, artists, educators ...).

With a typology influenced by Le Corbusier’s La Tourette, the House of Music, designed by Coop Himmelb(l)au, was designed as a simple, yet powerful, courtyard building. By wrapping the music school around the concert hall, and allowing the public spaces to spill into each other, a hybrid architecture is...


150 prepared dc-motors, 270 kg wood, 210m string wire by Zimoun.

[VIDEO] from ZIMOUN [Krems an der Donau] Austria. 21.05>26.07.2015
metalocus, SILVIA BATRES.
Art, Design, Exhibitions, VIDEO
Zimoun launched his new solo exhibition, which takes place at Klangraum Krems in Austria. The opening was last Thursday and they just finished the documentaiton video about the new, site-specific installation, presented in a beautiful old church. The exhibition runs from May 21 - July 26, 2015.

Zimoun’s organic installations and sound sculptures emerge in an interplay between mechanics, movement, and physically created sounds. They are delicate works with a poetic playfulness, simultaneously simple and complex, results of repetition and fine anomalies, routine and coincidence.



Premiere. "Beti-Jai. La Capilla Sixtina de la Pelota"

[VIDEO] by Objetivo Family [MAD] Spain 30.05.2015
metalocus, INÉS LALUETA.
Documentary short film about Beti Jai fronton. This work is possible thanks to the collaboration of the 'Save the Beti Jai' platform, where is visible the abandonment of this significant piece of architecture in the city made by the administrations. You can see the trailer below.

This fronton, is located in the Chamberí district, it is the only reminder of a time when the frontons formed the first stable sports facilities in the city of Madrid. The arrival took place thanks to the fact that the city of San Sebastian was the resort town of Madrid's bourgeoisie, which allowed the arrival of Basque entrepreneurs in the capital that promoted the construction of large industrial frontons, such as the ones in New York, Buenos Aires and other...



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