10/04/2015

New Barceló Market in Madrid by Nieto Sobejano

[MAD] Spain.
metalocus, INÉS LALUETA, SARA REBOLLO.
Architecture, Projects
Since the competition in the year 2007 and having been through the whole crisis period, Barcelo Market is finally completed.

Designed by the Spanish office, which is also based in Berlin, this project from Nieto y Sobejano Arquitectos developes what we could consider a "social or programmatic condenser" which includes a market area, a sports centre and an activity quite opposite to the latter, a library. A large container with a very high density, similar to that of Madrid's city. A large container covered by large...

09/04/2015

Aesop Midtown by Torafu Architects.

Tokyo Midtown [Tokyo] Japan.
metalocus, ALEX DURO.
New Aesop's establishment in Tokyo Midtown is inspired by the meticulously organized and clean traditional laboratory spaces. The architects use the design to make a reference to the way of working of the company Aesop.

Torafu Architects faces, with the design of this new establishment, to a narrow space with less than 25 sqm on which they show products of the company Aesop making use of a carefully chosen furniture. Textures and colours used intend to create a scientific aspect, where the rigour becomes the main character.

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08/04/2015

"La Bòbila" School by Isabel Zaragoza and Jesús Esquinas.

Les Preses [Girona] Spain.
metalocus, ALEX DURO.
The project for "La Bòbila" School makes a proper reading of the landscape and history of the natural park of La Garrotxa Volcanic Zone, a respectful approach and a continuous dialogue with the surroundings on which the architects Isabel Zaragoza and Jesus Esquinas / MESarquitectesassociats support its decisions to design the landscape with the construction of the school.

The natural park La Garrotxa Volcanic Zone is located in the eastern Catalonian Pyrinees, in the region of La Garrotxa, and it is one of the most clear examples of volcanic landscape in the Iberian Peninsula. Architects Isabel Zaragoza and Jesús Esquinas place value so precious landscape through the design process of the school.

This territory has a...

07/04/2015

Nearly Paradise. Txai House by Studio MK27.

[Itacaré] Brasil.
metalocus, ALEX DURO.
Likely if a wide number of people think about their dreamed home, they would sketch in his mind an image of the Txai House designed by Studio MK27 / Marcio Kogan. The house rests on an absolutely idyllic place, a Brazilian bay in which the only thing is the blue sea, as the sky, and palm treetop either side. An absolutely stunning place we all would love to visit, specially now in this time that spring reveals their first tracks.

The Txai Housed designed by Studio MK27 / Marcio Kogan speaks about integration in the landscape, outside-inside relation, how the landscape goes into the house and becomes a key point of the design.

The house consist on two independant volumes, which house on one hand the living spaces, and in the other hand the bedrooms. The resident will have to cross the garden to go...

02/04/2015

Home-for-All in Tsukihama, Miyatojima by SANAA.

[Miyagi-ken] Japan.
metalocus, JOSÉ JUAN BARBA.
Four years after the earthquake and tsunami that hit the eastern coast of Japan, in 2011, we take a look at new building completed under the Home-for-All program started by architect Toyo Ito in response to the disaster.

We first learned about Ito's project in 2012, when Home-for-All was the theme of the Japan Pavilion at the Venice Biennale and the winner of the Golden Lion for best national pavilion. The intent is to provide a start of the reconstruction by persons of...

01/04/2015

Prefabricated housing system by MIMA.

[VIDEO] por MIMA Architects. MIMA House, [Composta] Portugal.
metalocus, ALEX DURO.
MIMA prefabricated housing system allows to personalize the house according with the preferences of the client with different modulations and finishings, from the inner spaces to the outside. An elegant and simply design, built in very little time.

This house in Alentejo region is one of the modular housing examples which has created MIMA. In particular this house makes use of three and a half modular units which configure a L-shaped house. The result is a 36 sqm house which is integrated within Alentejo's landscape with the use of materials as wood, plaster and white tiles.

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31/03/2015

Ruiz-Larrea & Asociados first prize in 'Madrid 0,0'.

Competition, Torrejón de Ardoz [MAD] Spain.
metalocus, ALEX DURO.
Madrid based architects Ruiz-Larrea & Asociados have been awarded with the first prize in the competition 'Madrid 0,0' sponsored by Solvia and the Colegio Oficial de Arquitectos de Madrid with their proposal '0,0 La Sin de Solvia'.

The proposal by Ruiz-Larrea & Asociados consists on 98 houses near zero consumption in Torrejón de Ardoz, Madrid. It tries to give answer to the nowadays needs of ecological and respectfull housing construction with the close environment, making use of systems as heat recovery, ground-air exchange or control of the thermal bridges.

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28/03/2015

Kickstart a Pair of Summer Pavilions for FIGMENT New York!

[NYC] USA
metalocus, INÉS LALUETA.
FIGMENT is the summer-long art and design festival on Governors Island, New York. This time has selected, not one, but two pavilions to be built for its 2015 summer "City of Dreams" program. The two designs are well underway, but they need your help to make it across the finish line. They are both seeking funding for construction, so if you have an interest in New York City's cultural programming, check out their Kickstarter campaigns and chip in to show your support!

- Billion Oyster Pavilion by New York-based BanG studio is a combination of the City of Dreams brief and the work of The New York Harbor School’s Billion Oyster Project. "El Billion Oyster Pavilion está construido enteramente con materiales utilizados por el...

27/03/2015

Competition for young people 'REhabilitando; una utopía homocrisis'

Competition. ASA, Asociación Sostenibilidad y Arquitectura.
metalocus, DANIEL MADERA, ALEX DURO.
The Asacción 2015 “REhabitando - una utopía HOMOCRISIS” proposes entries to use the contest as a research opportunity with the rehabilitation of an existing building. Rehabilitation helps conserve memory in the city while the environmental impacts generated by the demolition of old buildings or the construction of new ones are diminished.

Participants are invited to investigate three fundamental aspects:

— The role of rehabilitation as an essential instrument in the contemporary design of the city of almost zero energy consumption.

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26/03/2015

WINNERS, 5th edition IS ARCH Awards.

IS ARCH Awards.
metalocus, DANIEL MADERA, ALEX DURO.
The results of the 5th edition of ISARCH, the competition for young architects and students, were released today, after a period of public vote that took place during the month of March and the final deliberation of the jury. Congratulations to all the winners!

The jury of the fifth edition of the ISARCH prizes has been composed by Ippolito Prestellini Laparelli of OMA, Tomislav Dushanov, Associated in Herzog & De Meuron, Diego López Arahuetes, Project Director in Kengo Kuma & Associates, William E. Butler AIA, LEED AP in Cesar Pelli, Emmanuel Blamont of Ateliers Jean Nouvel, Makoto Fukuda, Project manager in Toyo Ito Architects and EMBT, Iñaki Ábalos, RCR Arquitectos and Ricardo de Ostos of NaJa and deOstos....

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