18/06/2014

House W by Cheungvogl Architects.

Pok Fu Lam, [Hong Kong] China.
metalocus, ALEX DURO.
House W is built within a very valuable natural environment, one of the most peaceful and picturesque places in Hong Kong. The house, built in concrete, has a simple aesthetic with white walls and parquet timber flooring and new oak ply furniture.

All decisions regarding the architecture and aesthetics are important within the project, but while these make it up visually, for architects 'preferred material' is time. The house is designed as 'a container that could enable time to exist in multiple dimensions', always keeping in mind the history and memories of where it is built.

Moreover, images from inside the house that...

17/06/2014

Historical Archive of the Basque Country.

By Gonzalo Carro, ACXT Arquitectos. [Bilbao] Spain.
metalocus, SARA REBOLLO
Architecture, Projects
Gonzalo Carro is the author of the Historical Archive of the Basque Country,a project by ACXT. It is located in a street near Gran Vía in Bilbao, in a plot between buildings, with two façades, one to the street and another one to the interior, to a common courtyard.

The main façade has been designed as a vibrating glass front that increases the perception of the building, breaking with the flatness of the street and emphasizing its location. The design seeks great transparency, allowing the workings of the building and the structure to be understood from the exterior. The outer glass skin is printed with extracts of texts from some of the documents preserved within the archive, in such a way that the building is seen...

16/06/2014

Villa CP by Zest Architecture.

By Zest Architecture [Girona], Spain.
metalocus, ALEX DURO.
Little by little we know more and more of what it is possible to see on Biennale di Venezia. The transformation of an old Catalan farmhouse in a 21st century house, by the Co Govers' team, is exhibited in the Palazzo Mora. A work of adaptation to the enviroment, ecology and good use of materials.

Zest Architecture is a young architectural studio based and leaded by the Dutch architect Co Govers since 2008. Her project for the restoration of an old Catalan farmhouse and its transformation into a 21st century house, Villa CP, will take part in the following Biennale di Venezia, which will be opened next 7th of June and about what we have been talking about the last weeks.

The house is exhibited in the Palazzo Mora in the exhibition "Time Space Existence"...

16/06/2014

Playhouse by A&EB.

[VIDEO] TheArchdoc. Pälölä farm, [Nummi Pusula], Finland.
metalocus, ALEX DURO.
When a couple of architects have children, a big garden and a too much creativity a lot of things can happen. In this case the construction of a small playhouse during 15 days, with a bit more than 10 m² and a budget smaller than 1.000€. A small construction, colorfull and graceful , whose construction process video we recommend you to see!

The most beautiful projects often come with very little. This is the case of the Playhouse, built by Anna and Eugeni Bach in the oneiric children grandparent's farm, a rural finnish landscape. Just seeing how the memory of the project starts we realized it was worth it!

The project is designed through its section, in a...

13/06/2014

Richard Meier & Partners. Updated version. Book.

Book. TASCHEN.
metalocus, SARA REBOLLO
On the 50th anniversary of Richard Meier’s firm, a complete and fantastic retrospective. A great book published by TASCHEN, edited by Philip Jodidio in close collaboration with Vignelli and Meier himself and with preface by Campo Baeza.

From his early days as one of the "New York Five," Richard Meier has been a central figure in contemporary architecture; this updated 2013 trade edition of the XL version is published in the occasion of the firm’s 50th anniversary.

With the Getty Center and more recent buildings such as the...

12/06/2014

Rue des Orteaux by Babled Nouvet Reynaud Architectes.

20 dwellings. Rue des Orteaux, [Paris] France.
metalocus, ALEX DURO.
The rue des Orteaus, Paris, already has a project that completes the corner with rue de la Réunion, designed by the architectural team Babled Nouvet Reynaud Architectes. The design emerged from the detailed study of the urban condition, the sunlight and the creation of an inner courtyard that, besides providing natural light, allows ventilation of dwellings. The project was completed with commercial space in the ground floor as well as with an underground parking for 17 cars.

Given the preconditions and according with the L-shape of the plot itself, architects propose a solution in which the buildings close the corner between Orteaux and Réunion while creating a courtyard.

The relation among the dwellings and their facades, the courtyard and the street mark the project design.

For this design takes into account how the thermally insulated...

03/06/2014

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...

02/06/2014

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...

01/06/2014

Ten years of temporary pavilions at the Serpentine.

Book. TASCHEN.
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...

29/05/2014

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...

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