01/05/2014

A plan to lift Farnsworth House on floods.

14520 River Road [Plano, Illinois] US.
metalocus, JOSÉ JUAN BARBA.
Mies van der Rohe's Farnsworth House has constantly problems from flood and the preservationists have proposed a system of hydraulic jacks that could safeguard the House from flood damage by lifting it into the air.

This iconic steel and glass house was built on the edge of Fox River, yet the river has shown little respect for Mies' brilliant juxtaposition of the natural and the man-made. In the past 18 years, the river has inundated the house three times. The worst flood, in 1996, smashed one of the home's huge plate-glass windows, sending more than 5 feet of water inside and causing thousands of dollars...

01/05/2014

Opening. Fujiko Nakaya: Veil.

[New Canaan, Connecticut] U.S. From 01.05 to 30.11.2014
metalocus, JOSÉ JUAN BARBA.
Coinciding with the 65th anniversary of the Glass House and its 2014 tour season, the Glass House presents Fujiko Nakaya: Veil, the first site-specific artist project to engage the iconic Glass House itself, designed by Philip Johnson and completed in 1949. On view May 1 - November 30, 2014.

As we announced in February (ver, The Glass House presents Fujiko Nakaya: Veil. Balance of opposites.) today may 1st 2014, Fujiko Nakaya, a Japanese artist internationally known for her "fog sculptures," starts a performance (every day until November) to wrap in a dense and ghostly fog layer,  the Glass House designed by architect Philip...

30/04/2014

MVRDV win 58ha SERP & MOLOT FACTORY transformation in Moscow.

[MOS] Russia.
metalocus, ÁNGEL BLANCO
Moscow Chief Architect Sergei Kuznetsov announced MVRDV as the highest scoring finalist in the competition for a refurbishment of the legendary Serp & Molot (Hammer & Sickle) factory, located East of Moscow’s centre.

MVRDV designed an urban concept which respects the structure of the 58 hectares industrial zone and creates room for 1.8 million m2 mix use development. Development Corporation Donstroy estimates an investment of 180 billion Roubles and envisions completion in 2021.

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30/04/2014

WINNERS. "LOOKS. LIVING WITH PEOPLE".

Concurso METALOCUS. [MAD]
metalocus, INÉS LALUETA.
It announces winners of our contest "LOOKS. LIVING WITH PEOPLE." METALOCUS. The winning image was titled "Vivienda Indigna." Images sent have been surprising, exciting, classic and original proposals. Thanks to all participants because allowing us to bring together a group of great images, and where it is further shown that the architecture looks can be with people.

With "Looks. Living wiht People," we believe that architecture can always be counted differently, we have to support the vision of architecture with the people, what is even more important, the architecture is truly people.

Especially, hastle images with people. We paid attention on housing pictures,...

29/04/2014

Casa Pó by Ricardo Silva Carvalho Architects.

[Pó] Portugal
metalocus, INÉS LALUETA.
Architecture, HOUSING
This white house, located on Portugal Coast in a farmer area is the last house by the architect Ricardo Silva Carvalho.

White volume, cross views on a linear courtyard, and set back facade alignment with the adjacent building. Pitched roofs that allow the use of a mezzanine space, and articulation through a hallway corridor are the main elements that organize the program of this interesting home by Portugese architect, Ricardo Silva Carvalho.

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29/04/2014

Helvetia and its Fourth Extension by Herzog and de Meuron.

North Wing [St.Gallen] Switzerland. Suiza.
metalocus, INÉS LALUETA.
Architecture
Helvetia insurance announces the Fourth Extension of the Helvetia Head Office in St.Gallen.

Herzog & de Meuron will design the new west wing of the Helvetia Head Office in St. Gallen. The head office is located at the top of the Girtannersberg, rising above the town of St. Gallen in the vicinity of other large building complexes.

With the new west wing Helvetia creates about 130 new jobs at its headquarters on Girtannersberg. At the same time catering area...

28/04/2014

Chernobyl: The dome to catastrophe. Chernóbil: coronando una catástrofe.

[Chernobyl] Ukraine. Ucrania
metalocus, INÉS LALUETA.
Architecture, TECHNOLOGY
Against the decaying skyline here, a one-of-a-kind engineering project is rising near the remains of the world’s worst civilian nuclear disaster.

A structure of gigantic dimensions, with 108 meters high, 162 long, 257 wingspan.

An army of workers, shielded from radiation by thick concrete slabs, is constructing a huge arch, sheathed in acres of gleaming stainless steel and vast enough to cover the Statue of Liberty. The structure is so otherworldly it looks like it could have been dropped by aliens onto this Soviet-era industrial landscape.

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28/04/2014

Morpholio R&D: Technology Transfer.

Technology Transfer: Architects Look to the Medical Industry to Affect Design.
metalocus, ÁNGEL BLANCO.
Architecture, TECHNOLOGY
Worldwide mobile data traffic grew 81 percent in 2013, and it is predicted that the number of active cell phones will reach over 7 billion this year, placing us on the precipice of a tipping point - there will soon be more in-use cell phones than there are people on the planet. [1] There is no doubt that designers are communicating with the world via tablet or phone more than ever before.

"We're getting more networked, we have to be more productive and navigate an increasingly complex set of expectations." says Mark Collins, Morpholio Co-creator. "On the other hand, creativity is so unique - it's this fantastic thing that our brains do that we don't completely understand. Creatives have to nurture their instincts, their tastes and their expertise, opening up a world of possibilities for mobile devices."

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28/04/2014

Madrid Urban Laboratory. Call for Projects.

Medialab-Prado. [MAD] Spain. 04.05.2014
metalocus, ÁNGEL BLANCO
Madrid Urban Laboratory seeks to explore the relationships between the city, digital culture and the common good through a programme that includes a collaborative production workshop and a series of conferences and debates, in which international and local experts will be invited to examine the meaning of the common good and digital culture within the context of the evolving city.

Open call for project submissions. Deadline: 4 May, 2014.

 

More information.-

Dates

    28 May-...

27/04/2014

Faena Arts Centre. Cristina Iglesias and Rem Koolhaas.

[VIDEO] from Faena. [MIAMI] Florida, US.
metalocus, JOSÉ JUAN BARBA.
Architecture
The proposal by Faena Group aims to revive an area considered in transit and transform it in a Miami area attraction. The project not only limited to the development of Faena Arts Center, is similar to that proposed developed in Puerto Madero in Buenos Aires and here has input from OMA to revive an urban area of almost 7 blocks.

Of the three pieces of project designed by OMA, there are few renderings known, however, we note the collaboration with the Spanish artist Cristina Iglesias who just finished her project Tres Aguas in Toledo, Spain.

Dutch architect Rem Koolhaas and OMA have designed the district’s arts centre, which will also include a Cristina Iglesias-...

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