[Viana do Castelo] Portugal
metalocus, JOSÉ JUAN BARBA
Its a privilege show the most recent project designed by Eduardo Souto de Moura in Portugal, thanks to Joao Morgado, photographer. The Cultural Center of Viana do Castelo opened last 14th of July and its an amazing project designed by Pritzker award-winning Eduardo Souto de Moura.

The cultural center of Viana do Castelo is a project inserted into the privileged space of marginal river mouth Lima, around an axis that is claimed as new cultural centrality of Minho. This bold project with an end multipurpose intended to be the headquarters of cultural events, music, sports and leisure. Positioned alongside a library by Álvaro Siza and a leisure centre by Fernando Tavora, the Cultural Center is composed of three floors and has a deployment...


New East Midtown Manhattan.

metalocus, JOSÉ JUAN BARBA
Architecture, Urbanisme
The New York Department of City Planning has a new plans to rezone a large portion of East Midtown Manhattan since last year. The City’s proposal, which would allow some of the largest buildings in New York, is now going through the official Uniform Land Use Review Procedure, known as ULURP.

Seven of the City’s twelve Community Boards have come out in opposition of the proposal, and in a recent New York Times article architecture critic Michael Kimmelman wrote that the proposal’s



LIEU D'ÊTRE at Familistère.

by Compagnie ACTE. [Guise] France. 13/07/2013
The "Choreographic Manifesto for the Utopia of Dwelling" continues its peculiar tour, this time it's the turn of the French city of Guise. Last July 13th, the dance company Compagnie Acte, to whom we introduced you last year during their Parisian tour, invaded the façade of the familistière with their aerial ballet.

An audience marching towards a meeting point, a human painting dancing through the balconies, a table where friendship and revolution meet, an aerial ballet on the façades of the buildings. LIEU d'ÊTRE is the epic poem of an ephemeral crowd formed by artists, accomplice inhabitants and performers.

Annick Charlot.



Light Years. Richard Meier x Massimo Vignelli

metalocus, INÉS LALUETA
Architecture, VIDEO
Illustrious modernist Richard Meier and multi-disciplinary creator Massimo Vignelli reflect on their respective crafts, city life, and enduring friendship in this mesmeric film by Johnnie Shand Kydd. Shot at the minimalist offices of Richard Meier & Partners on 10th Avenue and West 36th Street, the two powerhouses discuss their collaboration on the firm’s forthcoming monograph, Richard Meier, Architect Volume 6, chronicling the stark, white, rationalist buildings that define the firm’s aesthetic.

The Pritzker Prize laureate's most notable projects include the Getty Center in L.A., the Barcelona Museum of Contemporary Art, and more recently, the two glass-and-steel towers on Perry Street in New York’s West Village that Martha Stewart, Ian Schrager, Calvin Klein,...


Jean Nouvel wins National Art Museum of China competition.

[Beijing] China.
metalocus, JOSÉ JUAN BARBA
Jean Nouvel (Ateliers Jean Nouvel) and Beijing Institute of Architecture Design (BIAD) have been officially declared winners by the jury of the international competition for the construciton of the National Art Museum of China [NAMOC] in Beijing, China, ending months of speculation.

Jean Nouvel paraphrases the Chinese artist Shi Tao (1642-1707): “A single line is the source of everything in existence.”

The calligraphy is the base of writing and this is the signature used by Jean Nouvel to design the project for the NAMOC, which has been finally declared as the winner proposal for the competition. The project has followed three...


House on the cliff by Fran Silvestre Arquitectos.

[VIDEO] By Alfonso Calza. [Alicante] Spain.
metalocus, ÁNGELA SOLÍS.
A dialogue between landscape and building, nature and artifice. The house and the mountain interact, both looking at the sea and the sea look at them.

Project Synopsis.

We like the virtue of architecture which makes possible constructing a house on air, walking on water...

An abrupt plot of land overlooking the sea, where what is best is to do nothing. It invites to stay.

A piece that respects the land's natural contour is set in it.

Above, a shadow...


Flinders Street Station, a proposal by Herzog & de Meuron / Hassell.

[VIDEO] HASSELLStudio [Melbourne] Australia
Architecture, Competitions
We show you the Hassell + Herzog & de Meuron design submission, however, there are six proposals. The six shortlisted proposals for the restoration of Flinders Street Station in Melbourne have been submitted to public vote yesterday. On Thursday 8 August, the Jury winner and the People’s Choice Award will be announced. Voting is open from Tuesday 23 July to Monday 5 August

Flinders Street Station. Melbourne, Australia. Competition 2012 - 2013, text by Architects.

Flinders Street Station is located in the centre of Melbourne, sandwiched between the linear edge of the Central...



A contemporary review about the Postmodern considerations on the Wittgenstein House.
metalocus, CANDELA OLIVA.
Today we'd like to share with you this interesting reflection on the Wittgenstein House written by architect Juan D. López-Arquillo. This building is not only architecture, it is a philosophical project realized with the techniques of an architectural project. This Vienese philosopher from the 19th century, a contemporary of Loos, took over this project from an early stage, playing the role of the architect by switching languages (from the world of words to the world of space). López-Arquillo analyzes the project and finds new meanings from today's vision.

The house conformed by the philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein for his sister Margaret between 1926 and 1929, in Wien after the empire, is well-known more because of the interpretative sense of it than the house itself. Between the ideal home -containing a clear space only for thinking- built by a Cambridge professor in Correction of Thomas Bernhard; and the house -formed by removed cubical spaces, looking as a void box-, as described by Claude Magris during his...


"Richard Rogers RA: Inside Out" at Royal Academy of Art, London.

[LON] U.K.
metalocus, JOSÉ JUAN BARBA
Architecture, Exhibitions
Richard Rogers celebrates 80th birthday today and last friday openined the major retrospective at Royal Academy of Art, London. The exhibition shows the most representative projects of the well-known architect, exploring his social, political and cultural influences and how they have influenced in his view of architecture and urbanism.

Richard Rogers RA: Inside Out explores the ideas and ethos of the internationally renowned architect and urbanist Lord Rogers of Riverside. Timed to coincide with Rogers’ 80th birthday, the exhibition examines his social, political and cultural influences and their connection to his architecture. Previously unseen original material, drawings and personal items, present a unique insight into the thinking behind...


OMA is selected for the major design competition in Santa Monica.

[Santa Monica] USA.
metalocus, ÁNGELA SOLÍS.
Santa Monica’s City Staff has announced their recommendation of OMA’s competition proposal for a mixed use development that encompasses civic plaza, cultural venue, retail, residences, offices and a boutique hotel in the heart of downtown Santa Monica.

The proposed design delivers iconic architecture from all elevations, as well as a highly flexible interior space design that could most easily accommodate potential design modifications and adjust to market demand changes in the future. Additionally, the site design maximizes the public view corridor toward the open plaza areas and integrates within the framework of downtown and adjacent properties.” The selection panel praise OMA’s...



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