16/07/2014

Steven Holl wins 2014 Praemium Imperiale Award.

[Tokyo] Japan.
metalocus, INÉS LALUETA.
Architecture
On Wednesday, July 16, the Japan Art Association announced today that Steven Holl, FAIA, has won the 2014 Praemium Imperiale. The award is a global arts prize bestowed annually since 1989 to candidates from five fields not recognized by the Nobel Prize: Architecture, sculpture, painting, music, and theater/film. Artists are recognized for a career spent enriching the global arts community, and each receives 15 million yen (just shy of $150,000) and a medal, which will be presented at a ceremony in Tokyo on October 16.

According to Steven Holl, there are three major parts to his philosophy of architecture. The first is anchoring, "that is the relation to the site and the circumstance which is unique in each case." The other two parts are the Idea and the Phenomenon; that is to say the idea of the design and then the phenomenon of "the experience of the light and space and...

16/07/2014

International Competition BIA Urban Regeneration Forum in Bilbao.

“Cantalojas Railway Cutting” [BIL] España.
metalocus, INÉS LALUETA.
The BIA Urban Regeneration Forum is announcing the first edition of the International Ideas Competition for students of architecture and young architects, and designed to promote the urban regeneration and transformation of the consolidated city. The competition falls within the scope of the forum’s Topics. It is an open competition without any registration fee and is anonymous.

The aim of this International Ideas Competition is to focus on intervention in an area that constitutes a strategic opportunity in the urban regeneration of an enclave where various Bilbao neighbourhoods converge: the “Cantalojas Railway Cutting”.

•    El certamen, sin cuota de inscripción y anónimo, está dirigido a estudiantes y jóvenes...

16/07/2014

Housing rehabilitation around the middle of the 18th century in Toledo.

By Romero Vallejo studio. Spain.
metalocus, BELÉN CALLEJO.
This time the architects Sara Romero and Mariano Vallejo delight us with the rehabilitation of an old house in Toledo, whose main characteristic is the central courtyard, which organized the rest of the rooms around it and whose ventilation and lights depends on it.

It is part of a housing situated in an old courtyard house in Toledo with an atypical configuration- considering the courtyard is surrounded only on three sides.

The property dates back to the Baroque period and is in the characterized urban fabric, from the Historic Quarter of Toledo; the Medieval city, with narrow and streams streets, permit a little input of natural light inside the house.

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15/07/2014

NEW CHIEF CURATOR OF ARCHITECTURE AND DESIGN at MoMA.

MoMA [NYC] USA EE.UU.
metalocus, JOSÉ JUAN BARBA.
Glenn D. Lowry, Director of The Museum of Modern Art, announced today the appointment of Martino Stierli as The Philip Johnson Chief Curator of Architecture and Design. Mr. Stierli is currently the Swiss National Science Foundation Professor at the Institute of Art History of the University of Zurich, where he teaches the history of modern architecture. In his new role, he will oversee Department of Architecture and Design's wide-ranging program of special exhibitions, installations from the collection, and acquisitions. He succeeds Barry Bergdoll, who stepped down in 2013 to become the Meyer Schapiro Professor of Art History in the Department of Art History and Archaeology at Columbia University, and who remains a part-time curator at MoMA. Mr. Stierli's appointment begins in March 2015.

"The breadth and depth of Martino's scholarship, knowledge, and interests in architecture, design, and modern art are impressive," said Mr. Lowry. "He brings an international perspective and possesses an extraordinary ability to brilliantly relate architecture and its image to its cultural context. With his solid...

15/07/2014

Campus Osnabrück by Benthem Crouwel Architects.

[Barbarastraße, Osnabrück] Germany.
metalocus, INÉS LALUETA.
Architecture
Benthem Crouwel Architects designed the centrally located university building of the Hochschulcampus Osnabrück (college campus Osnabrück, Germany), shaped like a volume of three floors with a cutaway at the bottom. Because of the position of the university building as “link”, the building is shaped like a volume of three floors with a cutaway at the bottom.

The incision ensures a strong relationship with the outside area and gives the university building a clear, recognizable entrance: a striking building is created. In addition, the campus is enriched with a carefully designed outside area, which can be used for events and conferences.

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15/07/2014

Studio PEZ and Zarhy Architects Winners for Jerusalem District Courthouse.

[Jerusalem] Israel
metalocus, INÉS LALUETA.
Studio PEZ along with Zarhy Architects have won the international competition to design the District Courthouse Complex in Jerusalem, Israel. The new 40,000 sqm complex, which will contain all court facilities (aside from the supreme court), will act as a “new landmark in Jerusalem,” according to Daniel Zarhy and Pedro Peña Jurado of Studio PEZ.

The new project of the Jerusalem Courthouse joins to the proposals of the National Library of Istrael, recently won by Herzong & de Meuron, and the campus for the Bezael Academy designed by the Japanese team of SANAA.

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15/07/2014

Leroy project at Manhattan by Herzog & de Meuron.

[NYC] USA.
metalocus, INÉS LALUETA.
Architecture, Projects
Herzog & de Meuron have revealed their design for 357 West Street, an 88-unit housing complex. Renderings depict the white-clad, curvaceously gridded building standing 12 stories tall on the Hudson River, offering views out over the water and the Garden State beyond.

The new building proposed by Herzog & de Meuron, is going to replace a piece of old New York, an abandoned 1950s diner that has fallen into disrepair, and will occupy an entire block with provisions for an expansion of the sidewalk below. Details of the facade construction remain unclear, but it looks to be concrete, much like Herzog & de Meuron Architekten's other New York projects,...

14/07/2014

Medea in an old marble quarry by COR

[Alícante] Spain.
metalocus, INES LALUETA.
Architecture
Javier Monzo Theatre Company commissioned us design and construction the scenography of Medea of Euripides, one of the great Greek tragedies, in the Classical Theatre Festival, Alicante, Spain.

The tragedy is represented in a very special and meaningful place: an abandoned quarry.

The landscape of the obsolete marble quarry, helpless and defenseless is itself the best of the scene, the best of lanscape, thanks to its emotional capability, its location, its light, its smell...

Our strategy is...

14/07/2014

House of the Infinite by Alberto Campo Baeza.

By Alberto Campo Baeza. [Cadiz] Spain.
metalocus, SARA REBOLLO, BELEN CALLEJO
Architecture, HOUSING
An infinite plane against the infinite sea. Alberto Campo Baeza has completed this home by the sea in Cadiz, his most radical creation according to his own words. The house of the infinite stands on a stone platform which acts as a podium supporting a large volume that houses the main living room.

We encourage you to read the project's memory, a poetic text written by Alberto Campo Baeza himself that helps us to understand better the architect's references and ideas. Now available in bookstores is the monograph dedicated to the houses of the Spanish architect Alberto Campo Baeza. Campo Baeza is one of the most renowned Spanish architects in the international arena. Without being a Superstar, his...

14/07/2014

Daiwa Ubiquitous Computing Research Building.

By Kengo Kuma and Associates. [Tokyo] Japan.
metalocus, SARA REBOLLO
Architecture, Projects
Japanese architect Kengo Kuma's office completed University of Tokyo's Daiwa building to host the new ubiquitous computing research centre facilities. Ubiquitous computing is a concept in computer science that focuses on the integration of computing in people's everyday activities and objects.

The architects at Kengo Kuma and Associates developed a façade made of overlapping timber panels in order move away from campus buildings traditional image, which usually show a much colder and hard appearance, built with materials such as concrete, metal or stone.

In addition to the university facilities, the building also houses the research centre facilities, a...

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