WINNERS, Arvo Pärt Centre. Nieto Sobejano Architects.

Competition [Laulasmaa], Estonia.
metalocus, BELÉN CALLEJO.
The studio, Nieto Sobejano Architects awarded the First Prize in the competition to design the new Arvo Pärt Centre, Estonia, for an organization founded in 2010 by the Estonian composer highly recognized and respected internationally, Arvo Pärt, with the aim of preserving and studying his creative heritage. The new building will be built in a natural landscape located on a peninsula covered with a dense pine forest, 35 km from Tallinn.

Nieto Sobejano Arquitectos awarded the First Prize in the competition to design the new Arvo Pärt Centre in Laulasmaa (Estonia).

The President of the Republic of Estonia, Mr.Toomas Hendrik Ilves has announced in a public ceremony in Tallinn the winners of the International Competition for the design of the Arvo Pärt Centre.

The jury composed by Michael...


The City is Not for Selling but for Living. Collective Architectures in Barcelona.

[BCN] Spain. 07.07>13.07.2014
metalocus, SARA REBOLLO
An intense week of activities promoted by groups under 'Collective Architectures' opened yesterday and begins today. Collective Architectures is an open, constantly growing international network of individuals and groups interested in participative construction of the urban environment. Since 2007 a symposium has been held in a different city each year with the aim of strengthening the network and consolidating alternative ways – from people and for people – of creating cities that differ from the official model.

The 2014 gathering is to be held in Barcelona from 6 to 13 July with the theme The City is Not for Selling but for Living, an essential idea, especially today and in a city like Barcelona which is beset by a host of human and urban problems caused by the global capitalist system. An open event that will gather a large number of people from around the world to discuss and work...


International Winners FAD Awards 2014.

FAD Awards. [BCN] 03/07/2014.
Architecture, Prizes, Projects
For the first time, the International FAD Awards recognise not only quality architecture produced in Spain and Portugal but also in the rest of the world, giving an opportunity to all projects presented before de 29th of January 2014, which were finished before December 2013. The categories are: Architecture, Interior design, City and Landscape, Ephemeral Interventions and Thought and Criticism.

International FAD Awards' first edition chose four equal winners.


Puyo Hospital, Puyo (Ecuador).

Authors: Patricio Martinez Gonzalez, Maximià Torruella Castel.
Surveyor: Valeri Consultors - Ardèvol Consultors....


Joan Maragall Library in Barcelona.

By BCQ arquitectura Barcelona. [BCN] Spain.
metalocus, SARA REBOLLO
Architecture, Projects
Joan Maragall Library in Barcelona, by architecture office BCQ, opened to the public. The project is built under an already existing garden and formed by 'light and silence patios' and 'books and knowledge patios', as the authors explain, which produce bright, lively spaces and invite guests to read and study.

The motto with which the project was presented, by ...


House interior remodelation in Toledo by Romero Vallejo.

By Romero Vallejo. [Toledo] Spain.
metalocus, BELÉN CALLEJO.
The study Romero-Vallejo presents a interior reform in Toledo, where they combine the traditional scheme with contemporary elements, using singular materials in carpentry, furniture, kitchen...

Refreshing, the set of different pavements proposed by architects, that depending on the room as if it were a new carpet they propose a pavement with different geometries and colors in every room of this inner remodeling.


Opened, Hy-Fi by The Living. MoMAPS1 2014.

[VIDEO] Young Architects Program 2014. MoMAPS1 [NYC] USA. 27.06 > 07.09.2014
metalocus, INÉS LALUETA.
Architecture, Projects
Hy-Fi, the winning project of The Museum of Modern Art and MoMA PS1’s 2014 Young Architects Program, opened on June 27 in the MoMA PS1 courtyard. A circular tower of organic and reflective bricks that uses biological technologies combined with cutting-edge computation and engineering, the structure is made of biodegradable material and was created through a new method of bio-design conceived by its designer, David Benjamin of the New York-based architects The Living.

Now in its 15th edition, the Young Architects Program (YAP) at MoMA and MoMA PS1 has been committed to offering emerging architectural talent the opportunity to design and present innovative projects, challenging each year’s winners to develop creative designs for a temporary, outdoor installation at MoMA PS1 that provides shade, seating, and water....


Caixaforum Museum, Auditorium and Cultural Centre opened in Zaragoza.

[Zaragoza] Spain.
metalocus, JOSÉ JUAN BARBA.
CaixaForum Zaragoza, a cultural and social centre built by the bank in the capital of Aragon, finally opened to the public. The building was designed by Catalan architect Carme Pinós. Doors open days will be running until next Sunday 6 June.

The centre opens with a double exhibition and an exhibition space displaying CaixaForum Zaragoza's building process. Construction work began in September 2010 and lasted three and a half years.

In her project for CaixaForum Zaragoza, Carme Pinós sets a building "that creates city and which, when lived in, allows visitors to feel part of it." The building designed by Pinós splits into two high geometric large...


Vertical garden for the Palace of Congresses in Vitoria-Gasteiz.

By Urbanarbolismo and Unusualgreen. [Vitoria-Gasteiz], Spain.
metalocus, ALEX DURO.
Architecture, Projects
The new system f+p preplant is used for reducing the energetic consumption of the Place of Congresses in Vitoria-Gasteiz through several surrounding vegetal species.

Within the Inside Green Ring Project which those studios have developed previously for the city of Vitoria-Gasteiz we find the new vegetal façade for the Palace of Congresses of the city. Their proposal is to recreate the surrounding ecosystem into the city center. For achiving that they built a façade which has a total area of 1492 m2 with the f+p system and using more than 33.000 different native plants.


Massanassa Auditorium by Gómez+Álvarez arquitectes.

By Gómez+Álvarez arquitectes. [Valencia] Spain.
metalocus, BELEN CALLEJO
This singular building designed by Gómez+Álvarez arquitectes gives new life to Massanassa. The building has the best acoustic conditions for musical events, theater, cinema, lectures… it allows people with diverse backgrounds the chance of encounter one another, encouraging multiculturalism.

The auditorium by Carlos Gómez Alfonso and Eva Álvarez Isidro is characterized by the combination of light and colour. The building links natural light and grayscales with the colour that is related to electric lighting. The light planes and buckler allows different degrees of light and colour treating different degrees of decorative light in the access and exit of the main hall. Therefore, the light in the facade works as a signal for neighbours and it localizes...


Footbridge in La Valeta by Arenas & Asociados.

St. Elmo [La Valeta], Malta.
metalocus, ALEX DURO.
Located in La Valeta's Grand Harbour (World Heritage Site by UNESCU), this footbridge project by Arenas & Asociados reconnects the dock and the lighthouse with the coastline, after more than 50 years disconnected.

The gap that the project covers is produced in 1941 when, during the World War II, the previous footbridge (1906) was destroyed. The project design uses history as a reference, as well as their own location, La Valeta Grand Harbour. In order to create a dialogue between the old and the new elements, the new footbridge jumps over the remainings ruins of the destroyed footbridge. This gesture produces a beautiful image of the two structures and a close proximity...



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