Lookout and Protection Building of the Genovés Park. Santa Bárbara Esplanade by José Luis Bezos.

[Cádiz] Spain
metalocus, LEONOR MARTÍN
Like a crevice it were, the viewpoint that today stands on the Santa Barbara's esplanade represents anything but a fissure in the territory. Where before there was a masonry wall in order to preserve the protected species in park behind it from the marine enviroment, now a building about 400m long meets the same functions while bearing an elevated promenade.

The Sevillian architect José Luis Bezos has managed to revitalize a sector of Cádiz's bay, so far neglected despite its potential: a large balcony to the sea and a park with vegetal species of special interest. With this broad viewpoint,  the esplanade is recovered- it was before used as parking lot- and becomes an extension of the park, through a permeable building that achieves both a visual and physical opening connecting both spaces. 


Faculty of Fine Arts, University of La Laguna, by gpy arquitectos.

[La Laguna - Tenerife] Spain.
metalocus, DANIEL MADERA.
Located in the suburbs of Guajara's university campus we can find this plastic project realized by gpy architects. Conceived as a prolongation of the public space of the campus, with aesthetic wavy lines ended in concrete and courtyards with abundant vegetation, we are sure the project will not leave the students indifferent.

The study gpy architects has been the manager of realized this project for Universidad de la Laguna as new Faculty of Fine Arts. The extension of the public space, which penetrates in the building across his long corridors, the plastic curves generated with concrete and the lack of reference to the scale shape the key elements of the project.


Spanish Pavilion at 2015 Expo Milano by b720.

[MIL] Italy 01/05-31/10/2015.
metalocus, ALEX DURO.
On May 1st 2015 Milan Expo was inaugurated, with the participation of 148 countries and international organizations, among which is Spain. The team of architects led by Fermín Vázquez, b720, was awarded with the first prize for its design under the title 'El lenguaje del sabor / The language of taste', according with Acción Cultural Española (AC/E) a proposal which makes uses of a 'clear and contained geometry'.

The main idea of ​​the Spanish Pavilion for 2015 Expo Milan, designed by b720, revolves around the Spanish tradition and food innovation, as well as about their materials and basic elements: an interior finishings...


Fine Arts Museum of Asturias.

By Francisco Mangado, [Oviedo] Spain.
metalocus, ALEX DURO.
The new Fine Arts Museum of Asturias began with a competition in 2007, and it hasn't been until 2014 when its construction has finished. During this time Francisco Mangado's team has developed a proposal which is in constant dialogue with the old city center of Oviedo and with its historical layers.

For the implementation of the museum, Francisco Mangado accepts the pre-existing façades and the street alignment as a conditioning and structuring element of the proposal. The interior space, bright and well articulated, can be glimpsed from the street through the façade's holes, naked and without carpentries.

This interior space is organized around a courtyard, covered...


Presentation of the Beyond Building Barcelona-Construmat 2015

[Barcelona] Spain. 04.05.2015.
Today Monday 4th of May, the next Beyond Building Barcelona-Construmat Edition (BBB-Construmat), the renovated International Building Show of the Fira of Barcelona, was presented in the Mies van der Rohe Fundation in Barcelona. It is going to be celebrated between the 19th and the 23th of May in the Gran Via Facility of the Fira de Barcelona.

In the same ceremony, the Report “Designing a new meaning cycle in construction” was made known. It is developed by the Applied Economics Professor of the Pablo de Olavide University of Sevilla, José María O’Kean, on the occasion of the new edition of the BBB-Construmat.


1st Prize in the Competition Museum of Fine Arts in Gran Canaria

‘numquam in campo sui fecit potestatem’ entry won the competitiongana of MUBA [Gran Canaria] Spain
metalocus, INÉS LALUETA.
The project presented under the slogan "Numquam in campo sui fecit potestatem" by the team of architects Jose Ignacio Linazasoro Rodríguez and Ricardo Sánchez González (from Linazasoro & Sánchez Architecture, SLP), and Felipe Gago Doreste, also architect, and Christian Jacques Perazzone, doctor in Art History, have won the ideas competition organized by the Cabildo Insular to create the future Museum of Fine Arts in Gran Canaria in the old hospital of San Martin. This proposal, which will receive a prize of 50,000 euros, was selected from a total of 28 projects presented by multidisciplinary teams from all over Spain.

The competition, which has a single prize of 50,000 euros, was called convened in order to identify the best proposal, both in architectural terms as museological for the future launch of the Museum of Fine Arts in the old hospital of San Martin.


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...


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.-




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