Bruce C. Bolling Municipal Building by Mecanoo & Sasaki Associates

[Boston, MA] USA
metalocus. LEONOR MARTÍN
The new municipal building opened earlier this year. With a budget of $ 125 million, it is designed to be a catalyst for the no longer neglected Dudley Square and claims to be a symbol of the district, turning its back to the cold and unpleasent image of institutional buildings.

The building was designed by Dutch practice Mecanoo, together with US based firm Sasaki Associate, the Bruce C. Bolling Municipal Building in Boston houses the Boston Public Schools (BPS) department and plays a central...


Nobel School restructured and expanded by Architectures Anne Démians.

Paris Tech Higher School of Industrial Physics and Chemistry [PAR] France.
metalocus, ALEX DURO.
Established 120 years ago, Paris Tech Higher School of Industrial Physics and Chemistry has been awarded in several occasions with the Nobel Prize. Now it undergoes its restructuring and extension which seeks to update its premises, currently out of date, to new necessities of a modern and highest competence center in the research field.

In order to carry out this purpose Paris City Council has chosen Architectures Anne Démians to develop the project, after having been named winner against several international architectural firms.

The project addresses the current situation on one hand providing a number of square meters for new constructions with programs as teaching rooms or...


New exhibition at the Biennale STRP by Zimoun

64 ventilators, 98m² polyethyleen foil 0.08mm. [Eindhoven] Nehterlands.
Zimoun presents a new installation which was presented at STRP Biennal this year in Eindhoven, Nehterlands. The work is based on 64 ventilators in combination with a 98m² polyethyleen foil having a thikness of 0.08mm.

This Zimoun’s work shows his interest on the execution of building works that explore flow and movement systems, incorporating mechanized rhythms in their installations. At the same time, he uses simple and functional materials, creating a tension between their and the final outcome of the work: a visible chaos. About Zimoun´s work say:


Erik L’Heureux wins Wheelwright Prize 2015.

Harvard University Graduate School of Design.
Harvard University Graduate School of Design (GSD) has announced American architect Erik L'Heureux as the 2015 Wheelwright Prize winner, a travelling fellowship of $ 100,000 aimed at fostering investigative approaches to contemporary design.

Erik L'Heureux is currently assistant professor at the National University of Singapore and carries out his own work in Pencil Office. His winning proposal "Hot and wet: The Equatorial City and the Architectures of Atmosfere" focuses on the architecture of five dense cities in the equatorial zone where he will study traditional and modern strategies...


Winners. Global Holcim Awards 2015.

Holcim Awards 2015.
metalocus, ALEX DURO.
Last April 20 it became known the Holcim Awards 2015 with its three awarded projects (gold, silver and bronze) that deliver a total of USD 350,000 among them.

The winners of the 4th Global Holcim Awards for Sustainable Construction have been decided – the trophies and USD 350,000 prize money go to projects in Colombia, Sri Lanka and the USA. All three prizes recognize architectural interventions that deliver tangible benefits to local communities. Below, 3 winners and 12 shortlist.-



Wanda Vista Tower, among the tallest in Chicago.

By Studio Gang Architects [Chicago] US
metalocus, ALEX DURO.
Architecture, Projects
Wanda Vista Tower will be, with its 335 meters-high, one of the tallest in Chicago. The thin skyscraper, located in Lakeshore East, strengthen an urban axis and will become part of the American city skyline.

Wanda Vista Tower will include a new hotel and residential spaces which will be organized in order to get the better views to the city. The design by Studio Gang Architects is also focused on ecology and energy-saving, as it happens with the exterior glazing.

Its 335 meters-high will...


Media library in Bourg-la-Reine by Pascale Guédot Architecte

[Bourg-la-Reine] France.
Architecture, Projects
The Parisian studio Pascale Guèdot develops this media library in the center of the city of Bourg-la Reine, just 30km from the capital. The new cultural space is implanted in the neighborhood with a clear desire not to stand out. With only two heights and a gray stone cladding, the building is almost camouflaged behind the vegetation and existing architecture.

The interior of the media library, however, is somewhat more surprising. The asymmetry of its envelope is spread into the internal spaces, creating interesting and well-lit spaces. Stays of reading and study are mainly open into the garden, which houses a century walnut.


El Tossal Social Centre by CrystalZoo.

La Nucía [Alicante] Spain.
metalocus, SILVIA BATRES.
Architecture, Projects
This new Social Center in La Nucia, designed by the group of architects CrystalZoo, incorporates an urban character equipment with support for cultural activities for this small town of Alicante. The new center sits on a hillside and as a strange and casual visitor, by words of their own architects "it is accommodated in the landscape viewed from above on the lookout square or below on the esplanade of land."

CrystalZoo in this new building in La Nucia, continues to set strategies for attracting and improving healthcare and social services in this location. The project chooses, in its architectural condition, by the remembrance of the city, with the intention of making a place with a clear and recognizable identity for the "neorural" tribe. Once...



Fondazione Prada [MIL] Italy 09.05.2015
metalocus, JOSÉ JUAN BARBA.
All Milan is turned upside down these days. The Milanese are torn between the typical comments, Italian style, ranging from "this is a disaster", or about their always reviled political class and "the impact their actions will have on the Expo" to "works won't reach time for the opening next Friday May 1st."

The whole city remains in chaos due to the congestion of vehicles and motorcycles, circulating everywhere, occupying any free space to park in second or third row, filling to the top what could be any ancient boulevard. Redevelopment projects that have been carried out along the tourist areas try to be nicer to citizens, even the ancient Navigli Dock area has been completely renovated.


The new Whitney Museum by Renzo Piano opens its doors.

metalocus, LEONOR MARTÍN
The new building for Whitney Museum of American Art is set to open on May 1st. It will house the extensive collection of the institution, which is now moving from its last home in Madison Avenue designed by Marcel Breuer.

Located in the Meatpacking District of Manhattan, between the High Line and the Hudson River, Renzo Piano Building Workshop has designed an asymmetrical building, responding to the industrial character of the neighborhood. The upper floors offer open views towards the river on the...



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