ICD ITKE. Carbon-fibre pavilion based on beetle shells.

[VIDEO] from de ICD. University of Stuttgart [Stuttgart] Germany.
metalocus, INÉS LALUETA
This investigation of natural lightweight structures was conducted in an interdisciplinary cooperation of architects and engineers from Stuttgart University and biologists from Tubingen University within the Module: Bionics of Animal Constructions led by prof. Oliver Betz (biology) and Prof. James. H. Nebelsick(geosciences). During the investigation, the Elytron, a protective shell for beetles’ wings and abdomen, has proved to be a suitable role model for highly material efficient construction. The performance of these lightweight structures relies on the geometric morphology of a double layered system and the mechanical properties of the natural fiber composite. The anisotropic characteristic of this material, which consists of chitin fibers embedded in a protein matrix, allows for locally differentiated material properties.

The Institute of Building Structures and Structural Design (ITKE) of the University of Stuttgart and Institute for Computational Design (ICD) have constructed another bionic research pavilion. The project is part of a successful series of research pavilions which...


What’s Your Favorite Space?

metalocus, INÉS LALUETA.
Architecture, VIDEO
Building Pictures is a Portuguese website specialized in architecture videos, and to celebrate the Year of Portuguese architecture, launched the Call for Entries: "What's your Favorite Space? ", inviting architects, students of architecture, landscape architects, anthropologists, artists, designers, directors, producers, creatives to document the Portuguese architecture, by film and share their perceptions and experiences in spaces covered with memories, inspiring spaces, spaces of your day-to-day ... your favorite spaces!

31 videos answered the challenge, of Buildign Pictures, and shared their experiences and inspiring places. The jury selected three winners,... And the winners are…, below.

1st Prize.

Title: Ípsilon.
Representative Author:...


Playhouse by A&EB.

[VIDEO] TheArchdoc. Pälölä farm, [Nummi Pusula], Finland.
metalocus, ALEX DURO.
When a couple of architects have children, a big garden and a too much creativity a lot of things can happen. In this case the construction of a small playhouse during 15 days, with a bit more than 10 m² and a budget smaller than 1.000€. A small construction, colorfull and graceful , whose construction process video we recommend you to see!

The most beautiful projects often come with very little. This is the case of the Playhouse, built by Anna and Eugeni Bach in the oneiric children grandparent's farm, a rural finnish landscape. Just seeing how the memory of the project starts we realized it was worth it!

The project is designed through its section, in a...


La Maddalena. By Ila Bêka & Louise Lemoine.

[VIDEOS] By Living Architectures. Monditalia. Venice Biennale 2014. [VEN] Italy.
metalocus, JOSÉ JUAN BARBA.
They became known worldwide for one of his first works, "Koolhaas. Houselife". Now, Ila Bêka & Louise Lemoine have been commissioned by Rem Koolhaas, the curator of the 14th International Architecture Exhibition of Venice, to work on a very specific site on the Northern part of Sardinia which embodies the complexity of relations between architecture, territory and politics.

La Maddalena, are two short films which are screening in the Arsenal at Venice. The former Arsenal, partly planned by Stefano Boeri on the island of La Maddalena for the G8 in 2009, is one of the darkest moments of Italian politics in recent years - a polluted, abandoned and inaccessible site. The story of a disaster, symbolizing one of the largest financial and environmental squanders in recent years....


Into the shadows. Film Noir. 100 All-Time Favorites.

From The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari to Drive, 100 all-time favorite film noirs and neo-noirs.
metalocus, ÁNGEL BLANCO.
Enter a world populated by private eyes, gangsters, psychopaths, and femmes fatales, where deception, lust, and betrayal run rampant. The first film-by-film photography book on film noir and neo-noir, this essential collection begins with the early genre influencers of German and French silent film, journeys through such seminal works such as Double Indemnity, The Postman Always Rings Twice, and Vertigo, and arrives at the present day via Chinatown, Pulp Fiction, Heat, and the recent cult favorite Drive.

Entries include posters, tons of rare stills, cast/crew details, quotes from the films and from critics, and analyses of the films. Film director, film noir scholar, and Taxi Driver screenwriter Paul Schrader provides the introduction to this feast of noir worship. Populated by the genre’s most revered directors, like Hitchcock,...


Jacques Herzog at BBVA city [VIDEO].

[VIDEO] courtesy of agencia BBVA/EFE.
metalocus, ÁNGEL BLANCO.
Architecture, VIDEO
Jacques Herzog, a founding partner of studio Herzog & de Meuron and Juan Ignacio Apoita, director of Human Resources and Services BBVA.

[Video only in Spanish] Swiss architect describes the study project for BBVA City as a linear structure of three-storey buildings with courtyards, passageways and gardens, which poses as a carpet on a field with similar characteristics. A rounded square is cut from the "carpet", and rotates...


"Design is one" mostrará el trabajo de los Vignelli.

en Canal+ Xtra "Design is One: Lella and Massimo Vignelli"
metalocus, ÁNGEL BLANCO.
Art, Design, VIDEO, Recommendations
El próximo lunes, 26 de mayo, se estrenará este retrato del matrimonio italiano, dos de los diseñadores más influyentes del mundo en el último medio siglo.

CANAL+ Xtra estrenará el próximo lunes 26 de mayo a las 22:00h el documental Design is One: Lella and Massimo Vignelli. Esta pareja de italianos figura entre los diseñadores más influyentes del mundo. Su trabajo encierra un abanico tan...


Architecture Biennale 2014 - An overview.

[VIDEO] La Biennale di Venezia, 2014.
metalocus, JOSÉ JUAN BARBA.
Press conference of the Architecture Biennale 2014, attended by Paolo Baratta and Rem Koolhaas. [2 videos]

Ca' Giustinian, Venice, 10 March 2014.

The 14th International Architecture Exhibition, titled Fundamentals, directed by Rem Koolhaas and organized by la Biennale di Venezia chaired by Paolo Baratta, will open to the public from June 7 through...


Rare film of Le Corbusier in his Paris home and studio.

metalocus, ÁNGEL BLANCO.
This weekend showed you on Twitter (@METALOCUS) and Facebook METALOCUS, this video. The BBC channel always is a surprise and this rare footage shows us Le Corbusier as a “young man of 71-years-old” surrounded by sculptures, paintings and talking about his work, poetry and the “ideal city“ and... much, much more.

[Japan Collection #4] Shibaura House by Kazuyo Sejima.

[VÍDEO] de Vincent Hecht.
metalocus, ÁNGEL BLANCO.
Shibaura House by Kazuyo Sejima is the fourth video about Japan serie by Vincent Hecht. The building was finished by Kasuyo Sejima in Shibaura, Shinagawa, Japan, and you can check more links on METALOCUS about it, below,

Vincent Hecht is a French junior architect and the freelance filmmaker and author of this vídeo. He is 26 years old and currently base in Tokyo working as Junior Architect / Project Manager at Sou Fujimoto Architects.

Project.- Shibaura House.
Architect.- Kazuyo Sejima and Associates.
Location.- Shibaura,...



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