OMA renew the Rijnstraat 8, in The Hague.

[The Hague] The Netherlands
metalocus, INÉS LALUETA.
Architecture, Projects
OMA, working with BAN and ISS as the consortium PoortCentral, has been selected to transform Rijnstraat 8. The contract was signed in The Hague on Monday 2 June. The new building design, initiated by the Dutch Government, will host the Ministries of Foreign Affairs, Infrastructure and Environment, the Immigration and Naturalisation Service and the COA. The new concept has been developed in collaboration with Jan Hoogstad, the architect who did the original design.

The ministry building, Rijnstraat 8 project, was originally designed by Jan Hoogstad in the 1980’s. The design for the transformation of the building is made by OMA. OMA developed an integrated concept in collaboration with Jan Hoogstad. It...


European Competition for a Museum for Argo.

Competition results. [Volos] Greece.
metalocus, ALEX DURO.
The city of Volos has hosted a competition for the design of a Musuem where the legendary ship Argo will be put in value. The greek team, Tense Architecture Network has been awarded with the second prize for a design where the ship is treated as the attention focus.

The competition sets out the construction of a museum for focusing the attention on the Argo ship, a figure of the greek mithology. According to the mithology, the boat was shiped by Jason and the agronauts from Iolcos to the Black Sea to retrieve the Golden Fleece.

The greek architects team, Tense Architecture Network (TAN) has been awarded with the Second Prize for its proposal, in which the ship is treated...


Ten years of temporary pavilions at the Serpentine.

metalocus, JOSÉ JUAN BARBA.
A book, very well edited, is the first to bring together all of the Serpentine Pavilions. The description of the pavilions, illustrated by the original drawings by each architect and photos of the completed works is complete with interviews of Serpentine Director Julia Peyton-Jones and Co-Director Hans Ulrich Obrist.

Since the summer of 2000, the Serpentine Gallery in London’s Kensington Gardens has called on some of the world’s top architects to design a pavilion – temporary structures that are erected next to the Gallery itself for a three-month period. The Serpentine, which was built in 1934 as a tea pavilion, opened in 1970 as a showplace for exhibitions of modern and contemporary artists ranging from...


Qingdao World Horticultural Expo Theme Pavilion completed.

By Ben van Berkel / UNStudio. [Qingdao] China.
metalocus, SARA REBOLLO
Architecture, Projects
Following selection in the 2011 competition UNStudio’s World Horticultural Expo Theme Pavilion in Qingdao has been completed. The main expo pavilion's programme includes the Expo Hall, Grand Theater, Conference Center and Media Hub.

This project by UNStudio is the main focus at the World Horticultural Expo 2014, that takes place at Chinese city of Qingdao (from April to October 2014) and is expected to attract 15...


Kindergarten in Medellin by plan:b arquitectos.

IX BIAU Awards. Santo Domingo Savio Kindergarten. [Medellín] Colombia.
Several days ago was published the jury decision of the IX BIAU with the winners of this edition. While we advance the winners, the last few days have been talking more specifically about the projects. It is the case of that kindergarten, located in Medellin, which main challenge is to face the strong topography of the area.

Plan:b project for the Santo Domingo Savio Kindergarten, awarded in the IX BIAU which took place in Rosario,...


Five Alternatives for the Future of Atlantic Yards.

Brooklyn [NYC] USA.
metalocus, JOSÉ JUAN BARBA.
The exhibition Five Proposals for the Future of Atlantic Yards opens at the Warehouse Gallery in Brooklyn on June 5, running for just over a couple weeks, until June 22.

The Atlantic Yards site presents a major opportunity to create a significant piece of architecture and urbanism at the center of several Brooklyn neighborhoods. Five architects will present their alternative proposals for the site. Each scheme will provide 4,728,000 square feet of housing and 156,000 square feet of retail space, equivalent to the master plan by Forest City Ratner.

Each project...


CREA-PB Headquarters by MAPA.

Award, IX BIAU. Campina Grande. [Paraíba] Brazil.
metalocus, SARA REBOLLO
Architecture, Prizes, Projects
Located in Campina Grande (Paraíba) this building was designed and built to accommodate the new headquarters of CREA (Engineering Council Body). 1º Premio en Concurso Nacional. Their authors, MAPA, are a team based at Uruguay and Brazil.

The project designed by MAPA, pays great attention on its outer skin, and its protection by a brise soleil from the strong sun. This skin allows entry of light and the generation of comfortable spaces that play with the projection of the shadow. A building permeable to  light, permeable to the vision of the city. Inside the space is divided into two zones connected by...


Foster + Partners Thames Hub Airport response to Airport Commission.

[Thames] U.K.
metalocus, ÁNGEL BLANCO.
Architecture, Projects
London does not want lose its status as a global hub international airport. The situation is torn between extending a third runway at Heathrow which has an estimated cost of about 11 billion pounds or the new proposal that advocates the study of Norman Foster, a new airport with four runways and capacity for future expansion with a cost of 15 billion pounds.

Foster + Partners office has submitted a detailed response to the Airports Commission’s call for evidence, addressing surface access, costs, delivery and an analysis of the environmental, economic and social impacts of a new airport on the Isle of Grain in the Thames Estuary.

Acording Foster + Partners its project will allow by creating a short connecting spur. The Isle of...


Student Hall of Residence and Family Houses, Paris 15th.

By Babled Nouvet Reynaud Architectes. [PAR] France.
metalocus, SARA REBOLLO
Architecture, HOUSING, Projects
French architecture and urbanism team formed by Thibaud Babled, Armand Nouvet and Marc Reynaud completed Paris XV complex at Rue de Vaugirard in Paris. The program includes a student hall of residence, social housing and family houses.

The building designed by architects Babled Nouvet and Reynaud features an envelope that unifies the complex in order to create one single architectural entity. A skin made of perforated aluminium panels. A foliage motif shapes a varying pattern in the panels' perforations, constantly stirred by the actual movement and light...


West Kowloon Art Pavilion. Entry competition by AZC.

Competition 2013. Finalist. West Kowloon [Hong Kong Victoria Harbour] Hong Kong.
metalocus, ÁNGEL BLANCO.
Projects, Competitions
AZC architects designed this pavilion for a West Kowloon competition. The Arts Pavilion would be located in West Kowloon, in the Park on the waterfront with spectacular views overlooking Hong Kong Victoria Harbour.

The Pavilion will serve as the primary home for exhibitions and programmes in the run-up to the completion of the main museum building M+.

Their project envisions the Arts Pavilion as a place combining leisure and art, in creating a popular spot welcoming to all. They designed a space for learning,  elaxation...



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