Sustainability and re-cycling. A new secondary school in Le Bourget.

Le Bourget, France.
metalocus, INÉS LALUETA.
The project by the Parisian firm of architects Hubert & Roy, is the renewal of the brick buildings of the 30s, transforming the basement spaces, areas of school life, the library and the creation of a courtyard whose closure forms the link between two parallel buildings.

A learning environment for learning about the environment, said Hubert & Roy architectes et associés and proposes a complete renovation, wooden structural extensions on brick ensemble, green roofs to harvest rainwater, windmills and solar chimneys to light and provide natural ventilation.



New border, new pier by Thomas Heatherwick in New York's Hudson River.

metalocus, INÉS LALUETA.
Architecture, Design
In Manhattan the public and private enterprises try find new places of opportunity. Mostly this means going to Brooklyn, but the real estate blitz has begun extending to areas that are not yet so real: the rivers that surround the city.

Replacing the deteriorated Pier 54, the new “Pier55” would be a bold addition to the Manhattan waterfront — a $170 million, futuristic park built atop an undulating platform 186 feet off the Hudson River shoreline with a series of wooded nooks and three performance venues, including an amphitheater, and acting as a marine sanctuary for striped bass and guard the city against storms.

The offshore park near...


'Sobre la organización del espacio', by Fernando Távora.

Libro. UPV Editorial.
metalocus, SARA REBOLLO
'Da Organização do Espaço' is an essential book by Portuguese architect Fernando Távora, a key figure in what is known as the School of Porto. The text - translated into Spanish by UPV Technical University of Valencia – is a must-read for all of those who approach the complex world of architecture for the first time but also for those who wish to know more about Távora’s thoughts and ideas.

'Da Organização do Espaço' by Fernando Távora (1923-2005) is aimed at those who are new to the world of architecture and has been a compulsory reading at the School of Architecture and Urbanism at the University of Porto since it was first printed in 1982.

Távora studies in this book,...


Prouvé's Demountable House to be shown in China for the first time.

[Shanghai] China.
Swiss luxury brand Bally's travelling exhibit will make its final stop at Design Shanghai at the end of its year-long world tour. An installation featuring Jean Prouvé’s newly restored Demountable House and Bally’s collection of furniture by Swiss architect Pierre Jeanneret will be seen for the first time in Asia.

Designed in 1944, Prouvé’s Demountable House was originally created as an emergency shelter for the displaced inhabitants of the Lorraine region of France during WWII. When Swiss luxury brand Bally acquired this rare work, it was very damaged and in need of repair....


Fine Arts Museum (MUBA) by Hago Architects.

First Prize, international competition 2007. [Badajoz] Spain.
metalocus, INÉS LALUETA.
A skin defined by hundreds of tiny holes puncture on white concrete panels and that clad these two extensions to the Badajoz Fine Arts Museum, it is the main characteristic of project by Spanish firm Estudio Arquitectura Hago. The Madrid-based architects projected two new blocks, one three storeys tall and the other four, to house the permanent and temporary collections of the art museum.

Estudio Arquitectura Hago is a Spanish practice. The team won an international competition in 2007 to carry out renovation and extension works to the Fine Arts Museum building in the Spanish western city of Badajoz, near the Portuguese border.


'Acerca de la ciudad', four texts by Rem Koolhaas together in one volume.

Book. Editorial GG. [Book only in Spanish]
metalocus, SARA REBOLLO
'Acerca de la ciudad' is the new book published by Gustavo Gili which brings together essential texts by architect Rem Koolhaas. All four texts in this book share one common main topic, the city, urbanism.

It is not the first time that Koolhaas writes about this issue, already in 1978 he published his fundamental text Delirious New York, a retroactive manifesto for the grand world capital as a deposit of architectural findings, statements, conceptual strategies or architectural types ready to be taken and applied elsewhere.

As the editor explains, "the purpose of this...


Invisible kitchen by i29 interior architects.

By i29 interior architects. [Paris] France.
metalocus, BELEN CALLEJO
Invisible kitchen is a project designed by i29 interior architects. An unique kitchen, which system seems to disappear in space.

Description of the project by i29 interior architects.

As living spaces and kitchen islands merge together in most contemporary homes nowadays, i29 designed a...


Towards Biology by Onionlab.

[VIDEO]. Venice Biennale 2014. [VEN] Italy.
metalocus, INÉS LALUETA.
A few days to finish one of the best Venice Architecture Biennale 2014, We bring "Towards Biology". Ricardo Bofill Taller de Arquitectura collaborated with Onionlab from Barcelona to create a video-audio installation as part of the "Time Space Existence" exhibition at the Biennale 2014.

Towards Biology is a piece created in collaboration with Ricardo Bofill Taller de Arquitectura for the exhibition "Time, Space, Existence" held at Palazzo Bembo within the framework of the 2014 Venice Architecture...


Køge North Station, new rail station for Copenhagen

[Køge] Denmark
metalocus, PEDRO NAVARRO
Architecture, Prizes, Projects
A team led by Danish architecture firm COBE in collaboration with other two firms will design a new railway interchange in Køge, a town 28 miles south of Copenhagen.

COBE worked with a team comprising architecture studio Dissing+Weitling and engineer COWI on the winning proposal for a major traffic hub within the Copenhagen area, Køge North Station, beating Japanese architect Kengo Kuma, French firm Arep Ville and fellow Danish studio Gottlieb Paludan...


Opening. Harvard Art Museums renovation and expansion by Renzo Piano.

[VIDEO] de Harvard Art Museums [Cambridge, MA] USA
metalocus, INÉS LALUETA.
The Pritzker Prize-winner Renzo Piano has designed over a dozen cultural institutions, some completely new, like the Pompidou Center, others additions to formidable structures like last year's expansion of the Kimbell Art Museum by Louis Kahn. In Harvard, Piano combines three buildings - the Fogg, Busch-Reisinger, and the Arthur M. Sackler Museums - under one roof and are being consolidated into one reorganized and upgraded facility, Harvard Art Museums, on the current site of the Fogg Museum on Quincy Street.

Set to open November 16, the new 204,000-square-foot (18,500 sq.m) Harvard Art Museums preserves the Fogg’s 1927 building at 32 Quincy Street in Cambridge. The build will also add 12,000 square feet of exhibition space, enough to house several research and conservation centers.





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