Havana. Autos and Architecture.

Ivorypress [VIDEO] from Ivorypress.
metalocus, ÁNGEL BLANCO.
Ivorypress presents the book Havana Autos & Architecture by Norman Foster and Mauricio Vicent. This new publication, which is part of the Ivorypress Architecture series, emerged as a result of architect Norman Foster’s trips to Havana over the past ten years.

Norman Foster's visits to Havana over the past ten years have enabled him to meet a variety of Cuban artists and architects. Inspired by his travels, 'Havana. Autos and Architecture' features historic and current photographs that allow the reader to marvel over Cuba's love affair with classic cars. In it, Mauricio Vicent...


Silver Shack - Housing in Sangsu-Dong by Chae-Pereira Architects.

By Chae-Pereira architects. [Seoul] Korea.
metalocus, BELEN CALLEJO
Silver Shack, housing designed by Chae-Pereira Architects in Sangsu-Dong, on the edge of Hongdae, a suburb with laberynthine streets, where coexist low level brick houses with corrugated panel roof shacks. Its context was a stimulating landscape both socially and physically that gave us the start for a design; an ambiguous mass of changing colors and variable depth.

Description of the project by Chae Pereira architects.

A labyrinth of little alleys, a power plant, slum houses with corrugated metal roofs;...


Balfron Tower. Pop-up opening of Brutalist tower block, London.

British Brutalism. [LON] UK.
metalocus, JOSÉ JUAN BARBA.
After the controversial decision generated by the imminent demolition of important buildings of English Brutalism, as Robin Hood Gardens, the Smithson. Within days comes a positive action. For two weeks only, the National Trust is opening Flat 130 in the Balfron Tower, Poplar, to the public. Designed by modernist architect Ernö Goldfinger, and finished in 1967.

Balfron Tower is soon to be refurbished. Just before this begins, Bow Arts Trust has been given the the opportunity to curate a month-long programme of arts and culture to celebrate the life of the building and the people who have lived...


Hacking the Venice Architecture Biennale 2014 through Augmented Reality.

Venice Biennale 2014. [VEN] Italy.
metalocus, JOSÉ JUAN BARBA.
Hacking an architecture exhibition through augmented reality? Yes, there's an app for that.

"Project Source Code" is a digital guerrilla-style exhibition created by architect/artist/researcher Güvenç Özel that lets mobile-device users "hack" key works in Rem Koolhaas' "Elements of Architecture" exhibit currently at the...


Learning from Shelleystein: The Study of Urban Fears.

By Heura Posada, Ana Cadena, Amelia Vilaplana.
metalocus, BELEN CALLEJO
Shelleystein is an urban travelling device of the Museo Oral de la Revolución, in the MACBA, Barcelona. Then, Heura Posada, Ana Cadena and Amelia Vilaplana relate the ideas of this project; This mutant and mobile artefact is ensambled as a recording and listening cabin built using recycled, low budget elements. This object according to its author, soaked in the terrible and parasites physical and conceptual borders, contaminating and disorienting the limits that govern the city.

Shelleystein is a transtecnological and postfeminist version of Frankenstein’s monster, adopting the form of a postorganic body that goes beyond the biological modes of studying the city.


On the torso of a naked woman, ...


Alvaro Siza Wins the Grand Prix Fritz Höger for Innovative Use of Brick.

[BONN] Germany
metalocus, INÉS LALUETA.
Alvaro Siza has been awarded in the Grand Prix of Fritz Hoger, the “2014 Fritz Höger Awards for Excellence in Brick Architecture.” In addition, were first awarded Gold and Silver Prizes as well as the Special Mention award this year.

With over 70 nominees from more than 500, the awards, now in their third edition, highlight projects that harness the creative potential of brick. Projects from New Delhi, Barcelona and Frankfurt have all been awarded gold and silver prizes.


GRAND PRIX.- Siza-Pavillon Insel Hombroich, Neuss-Holzheim / Alvaro Siza...


Calgary's New Central Library and Library Plaza by Snøhetta.

[VIDEO] by East Village Calgary. [Calgary] Canada
metalocus, INÉS LALUETA.
Snøhetta architects have finally unveiled their competition-winning design to create a new public library wrapping around a functioning railway line in the Canadian city of Calgary.

In 2013, working in partnership with Calgary firm Dialog, Snøhetta won the commission for the new Calgary Public Library. Following a two year process of community engagement, the new design will realize the city’s vision for a technologically advanced public space for innovation, research and collaboration at the intersection of Downtown Calgary and East...


# House # 1.130 by Estudio.Entresitio.

By Estudio.Entresitio. [MAD] Spain.
metalocus, BELEN CALLEJO
# House # 1.130 is a single-family house, with over 5 hundred square meters, formed from two different schemes superimposed one on top the other that generated a fractured mass, ruled by the rhythm of the roof structure. It is a "formless project" in the sense that is impossible getting any volumetric understanding as spectator, also because of the camouflage of the permeable skin with the concrete.

Description of the project by estudio.entresitio.

This is a single-family house, but quite a large one, something over 5 hundred square meters, site is...


RIBA awards Royal Gold Medal to Irish O'Donnell + Tuomey.

RIBA Royal Gold Medal [LON] RU.
metalocus, JOSÉ JUAN BARBA.
Husband and wife, the Irish architects Sheila O'Donnell and John Tuomey have been named today (Wednesday 24 September) as the 2015 recipients of the Royal Gold Medal for their lifetime of work in Architecturel by the Royal Institute of British Architects, RIBA. Both in their early 60s, they are among the youngest architects to win the gong, joining an illustrious list that includes Frank Lloyd Wright and George Gilbert Scott, Norman Foster and Frank Gehry.

They founded in Dublin in 1988 their practice, O'Donnell + Tuomey. Sheila O'Donnell and John Tuomey, has worked over the past 30 years on schools and public housing, theatres and community centres, producing buildings that are characterised by their internal spatial power and an obsessive attention to the craft of making. From the recent...


MAS Context - Luftwerk - Marina City.

[VIDEO] from MAS Studio. [Chicago] USA
metalocus, JOSÉ JUAN BARBA.
MAS Context is a journal created by MAS Studio, addresses issues that affect the urban context. They have reached their 6 years old and they continue sharing interesting events from Chicago, congratulations and thanks guys! Video below.

Last August 23, 2014, MAS Context organized an event, with artistic duo Luftwerk, in Chicago’s Marina City to continue their recent work in architecturally significant buildings such as the Robie House, Fallingwater, and Farnsworth House.  For this occasion, Luftwerk created a site-specific video and light installation that took place on the...



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