24/01/2014

OPEN Prototype for Temporary Sales Pavilion.

By Open Architecture. [Beijing] China.
metalocus, SARA REBOLLO
It is highly probable that a temporary sales pavilion will be built before the selling of any new housing project in China. These pavilions become an opportunity for architects to test and try out new ideas and experiments. OPEN Architecture designed this prototype for a temporary pavilion that includes the possibilty of being disassembled, moved and reassembled on a different location. This pavilion is the result of concepts and experimentation based on ten years long research on mass-customization.

Memory of project.

As a unique Chinese architectural typology in recent years, sales pavilion reflects rather interesting phenomena. A sales pavilion will surely be built before the...

23/01/2014

Wilhelm-Leuschner-Platz Station / Friedlichen Revolution Square.

By Max Dudler. [Leipzig] Germany.
metalocus, SARA REBOLLO
S-Bahn trains cross beneath the centre of Leipzig since December 2013, when the 5.3 kilometre long City Tunnel Leipzig, a joint development of Deutsche Bahn AG and the Free State of Saxony, was completed. Wilhelm-Leuschner-Platz Station on the southern end of the historic city centre is one of four stations of the major project that is currently one of the largest inner-city infrastructure projects in Europe. The design of the station is based on architect Max Dudler’s successful competition entry from 1997. The Swiss architect’s impressive 140 metre long and 20 metre wide station concourse was awarded the City of Leipzig’s Architecture Award.

Memory of project.

The station concourse, with a rectangular section and a slight longitudinal curve, is situated 20 metres below ground. Walls and ceilings of the elongated, column-...

21/01/2014

The Heart of a City - Melun Sénart

By COOP HIMMELB(L)AU. International Town Planning Competition, 1st Prize [Melun Sénart] France
metalocus, JOSÉ JUAN BARBA.
Architecture, Projects
It is a project with more than two decades, in some ways a bit naive, but its main ideas and strategies raised deserve a look at this brilliant project of Coop Himmelb(l)au.

The area to be planned lies on the southern edge of Paris and is in danger of being overrun by urban sprawl from the seemingly aimless growth of the three surrounding small towns. The task was to organize this growth so that from these three towns, a unique town with all the mandatory infrastructures can come into being. We have designed a three-phase strategy, which essentially comprises six tactical parts. 

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20/01/2014

Naust paa Aure by TYIN.

By TYIN tegnestue Architects [Aure kommune], Norway.
metalocus, ALEX DURO
Within the culture of the coastal regions of Norway appears this reconstruction of a boathouse for boats and fishing gears. A simply, elegant and respectful project with the local tradition and with the preexisting situation.

From the reutilization of materials is organized the reconstruction of an ancient boathouse from the middle of the eighteenth century. Respecting the traditional construction and also trying to give new approaches, the architect creates a flexible and adaptable design, simply and even beauty.

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17/01/2014

Smart contact lens project by Google.

[TEC]
metalocus, JOSÉ JUAN BARBA
Scientists at the Google[x] research facility in California have begun testing on an intelligent contact lens containing tiny electronics that could constantly monitor glucose levels in the tears of people to help control diabetes. It is a huge and growing problem—affecting one in every 19 people on the planet.

"We’re now testing a smart contact lens that’s built to measure glucose levels in tears using a tiny wireless chip and miniaturized glucose sensor that are embedded between two layers of soft contact lens material. We’re testing prototypes that can generate a reading once per second. We’re also investigating the potential for this to serve as an early warning for the wearer, so we’re exploring...

17/01/2014

44 Social Housing Units in Teruel.

By Cristina Argos and María Loriente. [Teruel] Spain.
metalocus, SARA REBOLLO
Cristina Argos and María Loriente designed this building for 44 Social Housing Units in Teruel, Spain. Bioclimatic design and the use of passive systems and strategies enhances the building's thermal and acoustic comfort, achieving the ideal conditions established by the Energetic Performance Certificate.

Memory of project

Situation

The building is located in the new urban fabric and is defined as an isolated building in the planning, surrounded by open free spaces on the northeast and the southwest.

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16/01/2014

New Catalonian Institute of Economists Headquarters.

By Roldán+Berengué Arqts. [BCN] Spain.
metalocus, SARA REBOLLO.
Architecture, Projects
The Catalonian Institute of Economists opened a few months ago its new headquarters in Gal·la Placídia square in the neighbourhood of Gràcia, Barcelona. Roldán + Berengué Architects explain their work "as the result of rescaling the appearance of the project around three fundamentals of architecture: visibility, convertibility and communicability".

Memory of project.

We can summarize our work as the result of rescaling the appearance of the project around three fundamentals of architecture: visibility, convertibility and...

15/01/2014

Auditorium and Congress Palace Infanta Doña Elena.

By Estudio Barozzi Veiga. [Águilas - Murcia] Spain.
metalocus, INÉS LALUETA and ÁNGELA SOLÍS.
Architecture, Projects
We are transported to the Mediterranean coast, Aguilas a seaside city surrounded by mountains. Looking from the sea, we can see the difference in scale between the new building Auditorium and Congress Palace, with large windows, and the other residential buildings.

Memory of project.

The project is a natural response to the particular stimulus, offered by the location. On one hand the need to respect the urban tissue that growths inside, on the other, the one’s to preserve the expressive hue of the natural landscape.

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14/01/2014

Third Natures by Cristina Díaz Moreno & Efrén Ga Grinda (amid.cero9)

A.A. Gallery [LON] U.K. 18/01 - 15/02/2014
metalocus, INÉS LALUETA.
On Friday, January 17, an interesting solo exhibition at the AA School in London about the work by Cristina Diaz Moreno and Efren Ga Grinda (amid.cero9), will be opening.

Third Natures presents 15 years of speculations, projects and built proposals by the Madrid- based duo of Cristina Díaz Moreno and Efrén García Grinda and their collaborators, ranging from the beginnings of the practice in 1997 to their latest...

14/01/2014

Aesop Kawaramachi New Store in Japan.

By Torafu Architects. [Kyoto] Japan.
metalocus, SARA REBOLLO
Torafu Architects designed new store for Aesop in a modern and expensive neighbourhood in Kyoto, on a main shopping street. The design respects the existing structure but shows a modern style. Casual yet welcoming, matching the city's environment.

Memory of project.

We planned the interior and exterior of the new store in Kawaramachi, Kyoto tor Australian skin care brand Aesop. The store is located on the 1st floor of a...

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