20/12/2014

Amériques: Music and video, activating the architecture of Walt Disney Concert Hall.

[VIDEO] from Refik Anadol. [LA] USA
metalocus, INÉS LALUETA.
The Los Angeles Philharmonic’s multimedia presentation of Edgard Varèse’s Amériques launched the new in/SIGHT series at Walt Disney Concert Hall. The presentation of Amériques was led by conductor laureate Esa-pekka Salonen and accompanied by Refik Anadol's site-specific architectural video installation, which was developed to illuminate and enhance the Varèse's composition and to activate the architecture of Walt Disney Concert Hall.

The dynamic visual program created by Anadol uses custom-built algorithmic sound analysis to listen and respond to the music in real time, using architecture as a canvas and light as a material. Additionally, the movements of Salonen, as he conducts, will be captured by next generation Microsoft Kinect hardware and 3-D depth camera analysis to inform the visuals displayed. The result was a powerful and...

20/12/2014

Beaux Arts Museum in Quebec by OMA Tops Out.

[Quebec ] Canada.
metalocus, ANDRÉS TERRAIN
Architecture
OMA’s first Canadian project, the Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec (MNBAQ) expansion has reached its highest point. Extending from Quebec’s Parc des Champs-de-Bataille to the Grande-allée, the cascading gallery’s three stacked volumes have taken full form as the museum works towards completion in early 2016.

Permanent and temporary galleries form the museum’s lower half, as the Pavilion Charles-Baillairge takes shape on top, cantilevering over a 14-meter-tall grand hall on the street below. Inside, a large elevator and spiraling staircase, complemented by a cantilevering exterior stair, provides a number of potential routes with orchestrated views of the city and nearby park.

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19/12/2014

Reform and refurbishment of CASTILLO DE LA LUZ by Nieto Sobejano.

[Las Palmas de Gran Canaria] Spain
metalocus, INÉS LALUETA.
The Castillo de la Luz is for the city of Las Palmas not only one of the most significant buildings of its architectural heritage, but a witness to the historical memory of the archipelago. Its location on the Isleta, the point of arrival of the Castilian fleets since the fifteenth century when the first fortification was founded, was the reason for its existence and its defensive role until the nineteenth century. The passage of time has not only significantly affected its use and conservation, but also its immediate environment: the ancient fortress on the coast that was surrounded by water at high tide, is today surrounded by the buildings of Puerto de la Luz and the advancement of the city to the Isleta.

The oldest part is constituted by a small tower built at the end of the fifteenth century. A few years later the initial volume was extended to form the square plan. The space between the original tower and the perimeter walls was terraced to enhance its defensive capacity against artillery. The fort, despite participating in feats of arms at the end of the sixteenth century in which it was looted and burned, largely maintained its original formal structure until...

18/12/2014

Archiculture: a documentary film that explores the architectural studio

[VIDEO] from Arbuckle Industries
metalocus, JOSÉ JUAN BARBA.
After a lot of screenings, with 130 private screenings in 26 countries, you can already see the world premiere of Archiculture. The 25-minute documentary presenting a vision of education based on design workshop, following the experience of five architecture students through their final thesis at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn.

Archiculture takes a thoughtful, yet critical look at the architectural studio.

The 25-minute film offers a unique glimpse into the world of studio-based, design education through the eyes of a group of students finishing their final design projects. Interviews with leading professionals, historians and educators (Ken Frampton, Shigeru Ban and Thom Mayne) help...

18/12/2014

Blanco elipse dentro y fuera. Casa BALINT por Fran Silvestre Arquitectos.

[VIDEO] [Bétera, VALENCIA] España Spain.
metalocus, ÁNGEL BLANCO.
Architecture, HOUSING
A house in ellipse, in a privileged and protected environment. With an image clean and white, a geometry house that contrast with the green background. White South on wet green. A privileged home for selected context, open to your own environment. A white lab where everything seems to be controlled, a place to relax and perceive the light of South.

The house designed by Fran Silvestre architects follows lines and very sleek geometries developed in previous houses, where white becomes the protagonist both outside and inside the house.

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18/12/2014

A mountain shelter in the Swiss Alps. ANTOINE by Bureau A

[VIDEO] by Bureau A. Verbier 3-D Sculpture Park [Verbier] Switzerland. 5 July 2014 – 5 July 2016.
metalocus, JOSÉ JUAN BARBA.
A rock is always something without interior, tectonic, however, what happens if it could be inhabited?ANTOINE is our latest project. This little mountain shelter in the Swiss Alps is hidden in a concrete rock…

Bureau A raises an interesting reflection on the condition of living, of living with mountain landscape, to delve into one of the deepest traditions of Swiss culture, speak about mountains. In this project, they raised, with a large array of references to other authors, presented an interesting proposal. Below the video.

ANTOINE was present in MUTATIONS at the...

17/12/2014

EIFFEL TOWER. New facilities on the 1st floor by Moatti-Rivière Agence.

Completed. Eiffel Tower. [PAR] France.
metalocus, JOSÉ JUAN BARBA.
Architecture, Pavilions
Since the last transformation of the 1st floor 30 years ago, the Tower has welcomed more visitors than during its first century of existence! The pavilions and public spaces of the 1980s are obsolete and not adapted to the number of visitors, the visitors’ expectations and technical standards.

An «influenced» architecture, designed entirely in diagonals and transparency, by Moatti-Rivière architects, provides an improved experience of the Tower and Paris. The new pavilions are influenced by the pillars designed by Gustave Eiffel. They hug the Tower’s slant. The volumes are incorporated in the depths and curves of the pillars. Service areas are placed next...

17/12/2014

New Museum in NY. Opening Renovated Cooper Hewitt.

[NYC] USA
metalocus, INÉS LALUETA.
Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum, the only museum in the United States devoted exclusively to historic and contemporary design, opened the renovated and restored Carnegie Mansion, on Friday, Dec. 12. The transformed museum opened on New York’s Museum Mile, it offer 60 percent more exhibition space to showcase one of the most diverse and comprehensive collections of design works in existence.

Ten inaugural exhibitions and installations, at the new Smithsonian Design Museum, many of which draw from the museum’s permanent collection of more than 210,000 objects that span 30 centuries, will feature more than 700 objects throughout four floors of the mansion. For the first time in the museum’s history, the entire second floor will be dedicated to showcasing the permanent collection through a variety of exhibitions.

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17/12/2014

"Urbanismo ecológico". A multidisciplinar vision.

Book. Mohsen Mostafavi with Gareth Doherty. Ed. Gustavo Gili.
metalocus, ALEX DURO.
'Urbanismo ecológico' is a publication born at Harvard University and which main goal is to face ecological urbanism with a plural and multidisciplinar vision.

Urbanismo ecológico borns with the necessity of dealing with urbanism from an ecological approach as a practical and imaginative method to face the reality of the city, and constitute, therefor, a deliberate bet to settle definitely the "ecological urbanism" concept through the summary of a number of key texts about the matter.

Urbanismo ecológico gathers together different...

17/12/2014

White Abstract. Porto House by Pablo Pita Arquitectos.

Casa da Maternidade. [Porto] Portugal.
metalocus, JOSÉ JUAN BARBA.
Architecture, HOUSING
Maternidade House is a single-family dwelling set in a 19th century refurbished house. Conceptually it reinterprets the nuclear core of this type of model, acknowledging the importance of light.

The portuguese practice Pablo Pita Arquitectos, based in Porto, designs a new scale set in the stair core, overlapping this new vertical walkthrough that runs along the existing house, achieving new see-throughs and different spatial relations between all the floors.

In the highest level a guest floor is set with a wide perspective of its surroundings.

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