Concept design for the West Kowloon Cultural District Park by West 8.

West Kowloon Cultural District [Hong Kong]
metalocus, INÉS LALUETA.
West Kowloon Cultural District Authority Unveils Concept Design for the Park.

The West Kowloon Cultural District Authority (WKCDA) unveiled a concept plan for the future park in the West Kowloon Cultural District today, conceived by a global team led by Dennis Lau & Ng Chun Man Architects & Engineers (Hong Kong) Ltd, with the international award-winning design consultant West 8 (Netherlands) and ACLA (Hong Kong). The design team has been working closely with WKCDA since their...


Apocalypse of European cities, seen as The Last of Us.

Playstation 4
metalocus, ÁNGEL BLANCO.
Architecture, Design
The apocalypse of The Last of Us is realized in various European cities.

Naughty dog designers have expanded the possibilities of The Last Of Us Remastered Playstation 4 and taking advantage of its launch, they would have imagined as some European visions as, Rome, London, Paris,...


Fogo Island Natural Park Headquarters by OTO Arquitectos.

By OTO Arquitectos. [Fogo] Cape Verde.
metalocus, SARA REBOLLO
The project for Fogo Island Natural Park Headquarters appears with the aim of conciliate the population with the new park management within the context of a potential World Heritage Site.

From this attitude of making architecture from the place, and with, and for, the population who will inhabit it, OTO Arquitectos team integrates the construction in the landscape through the use of local materials and with an intelligent discretion.

The lack of local resources, which could become a problem, turn into an element of the design. The building is energetically independent...


The Archives. Le Meridien Hotel by Neri&Hu.

[Zhengzhou] China.
metalocus, ALEX DURO.
In their design for Le Meridien hotel, Shanghai-based firm Neri&Hu envisions a new landmark for Zhengzhou, the capital of Henan province. Henan, once the ancient political, economic and cultural center of China and home to many Emperors, today welcomes the international traveler. To showcase Henan’s history through its Arts (of Literature, Nature, Food, Theater, and Pattern) the architects conceived of the building as an "archive" of new and old artifacts that becomes a point of discovery for residents and travelers alike.

This is the most extensive and largest scale inter-disciplinary design project Neri&Hu has undertaken, including: a re-design of the architecture from its previous concrete shell, full interior design from guest rooms to public spaces and restaurants, custom furniture design, signage design, landscape concept, and a few of the art installations. Through exploring different scales, textures, materials, and spaces, Neri&Hu created a showcase of archives by...


BUILD by BUREAU A. Building interiors.

[Geneva] Switzerland.
metalocus, INÉS LALUETA.
BUILD is the latest project by BUREAU A. How would you intervene in such a complicated space? How would you dialogue with the organic pieces of the building?

The solution proposed by Bureau A was to make a strong design, yet simple. A repetitive, intelligent and very neutral structure.



ZOOTOPIA by BIG or King Kong's house!

[Givskud] Denmark.
metalocus, INÉS LALUETA.
Architecture, Projects
Danish architects BIG (Bjarke Ingels Group) and Givskud Zoo unveil redesign and expansion plans for the existing Zoo from 1969 in central Jutland, which includes a bike-safari through the entire 120 Ha park, and where, according architects, wildlife and humans co-exist. BIG has been working for the past two years to make Zootopia what some Danish newspapers are calling “the world’s most advanced zoo.” According to Givskud Zoo‘s director Richard Østerballe, the park’s transformation will benefit greatly from BIG’s fresh approach to design–one that has been characterized by the integration of nature and natural elements into cutting-edge, innovative architecture.

A journey to the zoo can be a sobering experience, depending on which zoo you visit. Animals penned up and paraded around daily aren't in the happiest of environments, and not everyone finds such places agreeable. BIG, the Danish architects have targeted this issue with a concept design for a zoo in...


Fondation D'Entreprise Galeries Lafayette by OMA.

[PAR] France.
metalocus, ALEX DURO.
OMA presents his proposal for the extension of a late 19th century industrial building in the heart of Paris to house different areas of production, creation and innovation for the Fondation D'Entreprise Galeries Lafayette.

The team led by Rem Koolhaas, OMA, presents his proposal for the extension of a late 19th century industrial building in which they insert a tower in the backyard, whose floors can move through a rack and pinion system. Is expected to be completed during 2016.

The pre-existing...


Even bacteria are architects.

[VALL] Spain.
metalocus, JOSÉ JUAN BARBA.
Architecture, TECHNOLOGY
Recent work by researchers from the Laboratory of BioMineralogy and Astrobiological Research at the University of Valladolid-CSIC, Spain, has discovered that bacteria manipulate salt to build shelters to hibernate.

For the first time, Spanish researchers have detected an unknown interaction between microorganisms and salt. When Escherichia coli cells are introduced into a droplet of salt water and is left to dry, bacteria manipulate the sodium chloride crystallisation to create biomineralogical biosaline 3D morphologically complex formations, where they hibernate. Afterwards, simply by rehydrating the material, bacteria are revived. The discovery was made by...


Scenography for Concert "Music, Dance, Adventure" by DJA.

Scenography. Latvian National Opera. [Riga] Lituania. Latvia.
metalocus, ÁNGEL BLANCO.
The scenography stayed at the Latvian National Opera House on June 21st and it was part of Riga 2014 cultural capital “Riga Festival” program.

Dance concert "Music, Dance, Adventure!" is a new understanding of contemporary scenography. Scenography is not anymore seen as a stage decoration but rather as a tool for creation of various spatial situations. The stage space of the opera 10m X 10m X 10m has been divided into the smallest basic elements. The very flexible outcome mass now can be used to create various space scenarios for specific dance performances. The space can stay...


JACER–Training Center by 3+1 Architekti.

By 3+1 Architects [ Předlice] Czech Republic.
metalocus, BELÉN CALLEJO.
The new training center by 3 +1 Architects, located in the Czech Republic, was a a farmhouse, situated in a devastated area after the communist regime. Their main source of inspiration has been the torso of the barn and the existing stone perimeter wall that borders the area, which have been preserved and restored to create this new wooden center that combines the original design with the new one.

Description of the project by 3+1 Ar...



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