The Waterhouse at South Bund.

By Neri&Hu. [Shanghai] China.
metalocus, ÁNGELA SOLÍS.
Between the Huangpu River and the Pudong skyline, between old and new, public and private, exterior and interior, construction and finishing, concrete and Cor-Ten steel; The Waterhouse emerges, another amazing building by Neri & Hu.

Memory of project.

Located by the new Cool Docks development on the South Bund District of Shanghai, the Waterhouse is a four-story, 19-room boutique hotel built into an existing three-story Japanese Army headquarters building from the 1930’s. The boutique hotel fronts the Huangpu River and...


Special Screening of Diller Scofidio Renfro Documentary.

Screening at Van Alen Institute. [VIDEO] By CheckerboardFilmsNYC. [NYC] 20/06/2013
metalocus, PEDRO NAVARRO
On Thursday, June 20, at 7:00pm EST, at Van Alen Books welcomes Diller Scofidio + Renfro for a film screening of "Reimagining Lincoln Center and the High Line", a 54-minute documentary offering insights into the firm’s history, completed projects, and unique process of reimagining the public identities of two major New York urban spaces.

The film includes commentary from the architects as well as interviews with New York City planning commissioner Amanda Burden as well as critics and theorists Mark Wigley, Anthony Vidler, Martin Filler, and more. Before the film, Liz Diller and Ric Scofidio will join directors Muffie Dunn and Tom Piper for a conversation about their work, moderated by VAI executive director David van der Leer. 

Diller Scofidio +...


Le Corbusier: An Atlas of Modern Landscapes [II]

Images. MoMA [NYC] 15/06/2013 - 23/09/2013
metalocus, JOSÉ JUAN BARBA
"Le Corbusier: An Atlas of Modern Landscapes", the largest exhibition ever produced in New York of the protean and influential oeuvre of Le Corbusier (Charles-Édouard Jeanneret, French, b. Switzerland, 1887–1965), encompasses his work as an architect, interior designer, artist, city planner, writer, and photographer, and is on view from June 15 through September 23, 2013.

Le Corbusier: An Atlas of Modern Landscapes is divided into five sections, and begins with one of four room-sized interiors built especially for the exhibition. Featuring original furniture, the interiors vividly present Le Corbusier’s concepts fo r domestic landscapes, and the notion of houses operating as machines to view landscapes. The first interior on view is the Cabanon of Le Corbusier from Roquebrune-Cap-Martin (1951–52), installed in the area...


Jeju Ball, Block D by Kengo Kuma.

[Jeju] Corea.
metalocus, ALEX DURO
Architecture, HOUSING, Projects
Within the residential complex Lotte Jeju Resort, Kengo Kuma designs Block D. The house appears as a result of translating the landscape into the house scale. Because of the use of the volcanic stone, the house emerges from the ground as if it belongs to it.

The complex has been designed by several groups of architects, Dominique Perrault, Yi Jongho or Kengo Kuma are some of them. As a result of it an heterogeneous mixture of houses appears in which every architecture studio has presented their own proposal.

When I visited Jeju Island for the first time, I was so much inspired by this dark, porous volcanic rock and wanted to translate its soft and round touch...


No Pritzker Prize for Denise Scott Brown

Pritker Prize
metalocus, JOSÉ JUAN BARBA
The Pritzker Architecture Prize jury will not revisit its decision to exclude the architect Denise Scott Brown from the 1991 prize given to her design partner and husband, Robert Venturi, with whom she worked side by side.

Arielle Assouline-Lichten and Caroline James, two students at the Harvard Graduate School of Design had started an online petition calling for the panel that administers architecture’s highest prize to reconsider that decision. It is not difficult to understand the solidarity with the campaign in favor of Denise Scott Brown´s Pritzker, the case has brought to the fore the status and recognition given to women in the field.

Denise Scott Brown responds...


Architect Javier Carvajal dies.

metalocus, ROBERTO ALIA
At the age of 87, architect Francisco Javier Carvajal (1926-2013) has died today in Madrid. In his career, he has produced a great architectural quality work, awarded with the Gold Medal of Architecture last November, by the Consejo Superior de Colegios de Arquitectos de España.

In Carvajal's career (in which he was Head of the Colegio de Arquitectos de Madrid from 1971 to 1974), there are some renowned buildings as the Spanish Expo Pavilion for New York (1964), Torre de Valencia (1973, Madrid), or the Nuestra Señora de los Ángeles Church, in collaboration with Jose María García de Paredes (Vitoria, 1960).

In addition to his work as an architect, he was also a noted professor: since 1965 he worked as lecturer in the Architecture...


OMA leads the final round for Pont Jean-Jacques Bosc.

International competition in Bordeaux.
metalocus, JOSÉ JUAN BARBA
Architecture, Competitions
OMA's design for a new bridge across the river Garonne in Bordeaux has been selected as one of two final competing projects by the city authorities. OMA's stripped-down design for the Pont Jean-Jacques Bosc attempts to rethink the civic function and symbolism of a 21st century bridge.

Memoria del proyecto.

Clement Blanchet, leading...


Best new buildings – 2013 RIBA National and EU Award winners are announced

RIBA 2013
metalocus, LAURA CANTO
The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) has revealed the winners of the 2013 RIBA National Awards, the most rigorously-judged awards for architectural excellence. RIBA National Award winning buildings set the standard for good architecture; these are projects that go beyond the brief and exceed the client’s expectation. The shortlist for the coveted RIBA Stirling Prize for the best building of the year will be drawn from the 52 RIBA National and EU Award winners (43 buildings in the UK and 9 buildings elsewhere in the EU).

Information from the RIBA, followed by the full list of winning projects

This year’s...


ECUMENÓPOLIS. AGRONAUTAS by Juan Dopico Massobrio.

[VIDEO] COAC. [BCN] 17/06/2013 at 19:00h.
metalocus, ALEX DURO
Ecumenopolis, COAC audiovisual program presents the film Agronautas.

"My grandfather used to say that once in life you need a doctor, a lawyer, a policeman and a priest but, three times a day, you need a farmer".
Brenda Schoepp.

There are approaches, ways of life and ways of doing that propose a more well-adjusted relationship between humans and the planet. In many cases it is only anonymous people organized in networks of professionals...


Centro de Salud El Molinar.

By Francisco Jorquera, [Palma de Mallorca] Spain.
metalocus, LAURA CANTO.
We have found a misunderstood-beautiful building, both for the theories on which it is postulated, as for acceptance among its users, residents of Palma, which since 2011 have a health center with an halo of mysticism.

Theories of the project.

There are several explanations, some unsustainable and others contradictory, for this building.

THEORY 1. Originally this was a building with three courtyards. In the end the building is lying and the three yards are horizontal because in the first version the program...



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