31/01/2014

New BBVA Headquarters in Madrid by Herzog & de Meuron.

METALOCUS in New BBVA Headquarters. [MAD] Spain.
metalocus, SERGIO CIDONCHA.
METALOCUS visited a new architectural icon in Madrid, New Headquarters for BBVA in Las Tablas, Madrid. This complex will change the skyline of Madrid with a new tall building, "la Vela", and will be a fundamental motor for the development and growth of the city and its surroundings. In this article you can see images of phase 1 and construction phase 2.

Below, different building systems are explained from a constructive point of view.

Building envelope.-

- A facade of the highest thermal and acoustic insulation (double glazing, inert gas chamber, ...). Brise-soleils are designed for energy simulation to optimize the entry of natural light, avoiding the direct sunlight and...

31/01/2014

Hernan Diaz Alonso at IAAC

Lecture. IAAC. [BCN] Spain. Friday 31st of January 2014.
metalocus, SARA REBOLLO
Architecture, Conferences
On Friday 31st of January 2014 Herman Diaz Alonso, founder of Los Angeles-based design practice Xefirotarch, will give a lecture at IAAC in Barcelona.

Hernan Diaz Alonso is principal and founder of the Los Angeles-based design practice Xefirotarch. Before becoming the Graduate Programs Chair at SCI-Arc he has served for the past several years as Distinguish Professor of Architecture and the Graduate Thesis Coordinator at SCI-Arc. Previously, he has taught as a design studio professor at Columbia University GSAPP and  he is the head studio professor in the...

30/01/2014

Museo Maya de America

[Guatemala City] Guatemala.
metalocus, INÉS LALUETA.
Architecture, Projects
La Fundación Museo Maya de América unveils the design of Central America’s largest museum of Maya artifacts and culture.

The Museo Maya de América, to be located in Guatemala City, will become a leading venue for the public to view objects, artifacts, artworks, textiles, and information on the history and culture of the Maya civilization. The institution is among the most ambitious cultural projects in the region, containing approximately 60,000 square metres of program (more than 600,000 square feet) with a construction budget of US$60 million.

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30/01/2014

OMA updates the Kunsthal. Opening February 01.

[VIDEO]Shoes. [Rotterdam] The Netherlands.
metalocus, JOSÉ JUAN BARBA.
One of the best projects by Rem Koolhaas, the Kunsthal in Rotterdam, designed by OMA in 1992, reopens this month after an extensive renovation.

After more than 20 years of intense use, OMA, the city of Rotterdam and the Kunsthal have completed their comprehensive plan to upgrade the performance of the building in terms of energy, security, program and circulation.

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30/01/2014

Vertical Glass House by Yung Ho Chang.

Atelier FCJZ. [Shanghai] China
metalocus, INÉS LALUETA.
Architecture, HOUSING
Yung Ho Chang of Atelier FCJZ originally designed the Vertical Glass House as an urban housing prototype for a competition in 1991. Twenty-two years later, the studio was able to realise the project as part of the West Bund Biennale of Architecture and Contemporary Art. According to project architect Lu Bai, the house is a 90-degree rotation of the typical glass houses completed during the Modernist period, placing more of an emphasis on spirituality and materials.

Project description from Atelier FCJZ.

Vertical Glass House was designed by Yung Ho Chang as an entry to the annual...

30/01/2014

Two Spanish firms advance in Taiwan’s Kinmen Passenger Service Terminal

Competition [Taiwan]
metalocus, INÉS LALUETA.
Five firms, with two Spanish studios, are still in the running for the Port of Kinmen Passenger Service Center International Competition‏‎. Hosted by Taiwan's Kinmen County Government, the winner will be master architect of a two-phase project that consists of a new multi-functional terminal facility and expansion for the Port of Kinmen.

Judging Result of Stage One are.-

Number 13. Tenderer.- Josep Mias Gifre (Spain).
Number 14. Tenderer.- Lorcan O'Herlihy Architects / Lorcan O'Herlihy (USA).
Number 33. Tenderer.- Junya Ishigami + Associates (Japan).
Number 36. Tenderer.- Tom Wiscombe Architecture, Inc. / Thomas W. Wiscombe (USA).

Number 56. Tenderer.- Miralles Tagliabue EMBT SLP /...

30/01/2014

BU SAC by Supermachine. Architecture can be “RECYCLED”.

BU SAC (Bangkok University Student Activity Center), Rangsit Campus. [Bangkok] Thailand.
metalocus, INÉS LALUETA.
Architecture
Architecture recycled in Thailand. The new SAC (Student Activity Center), by Supermachine Studio, consists of diverse facility space, mainly for out-of-classroom ones, from photo studio, music rehearsal room, Thai dance club, 20+ faculty rooms, meeting rooms to pompom cheer leader training hall. All of the students’ programs have to be accommodated into the existing structure of the building that was not designed for.

Given a nickname like a famous Swiss chocolate while being developed, “Toblerone”, SAC has been transformed from a simple program dorm into a complex programmed public building compressed into one long stick. Architecture also can be “Recycled.”

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29/01/2014

The Guardian Cities.

The Guardian
metalocus, INÉS LALUETA.
"Guardian Cities: welcome to our urban past, present and future", over this sentence the Monday the Guardian launched a new section devoted to ideas, discussion and predictions about cities all over the planet.

The Guardian launched its new Cities section, which – as discussed by Oliver Wainwright in his opening article will be “an open platform for critical discussion and debate about the issues facing the world’s metropolitan centres”. In this introduction,...

29/01/2014

'Caricaturas', by Alejandro de la Sota.

BOOK. Ediciones Asimétricas.
metalocus, JOSÉ JUAN BARBA.
Modernity in Spain could have been different if architects such as J.L. Sert, A. Bonet, L. Lacasa, J.M. Aizpurúa, J.Torres Clavé had had the possibility to teach. It took almost two decades for new generations to be able to take that relay, and mainly those who could were relatively close to the regime.

Last November opened in Madrid an excellent exhibition displaying the work of two of those brilliant new architects, ​​Miguel Fisac and Alejandro de la Sota (still open until the 23rd of February). Time made these two geniuses pay for their ideological inclinations during their period.

I...

29/01/2014

Foros ESARQ 2014: Transformations.

ESARQ [BCN] 03/02/2014
metalocus, INÉS LALUETA.
Architecture, Conferences
Foros ESARQ is a series of talks in which a prestigious architect presents his or her body of work fortnightly. In each series, the selection of architects is connected to the theme of that particular series, on this specific occasion it is Transformations.

"When we talk about Transformations, we talk about the starting point, the beginning of the road back to what each person considers to be essential. The origin of these sessions aims to pin down our intentions to what is strictly necessary. It looks at the source of concepts and emotions that we know and feel." says Jorge Vidal, Director Foros ESARQ 2014. "The literal meaning of the word transform is to “change from one form to...

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