22/07/2014

Jetty and bridge of Mont-Saint-Michel by Dietmar Feichtinger Architectes.

Normandy [PAR] France. Francia.
metalocus, INÉS LALUETA.
The Couesnon estuary, the bay around Mont Saint Michel, impresses by the immensity of the landscape, the beauty of light and the colours of the sea. Austrian-born architect Dietmar Feichtinger designed the Passerelle Mont-Saint-Michel to replace the 135-year-old causeway that first connected the island to the mainland, but also caused a build-up of silt around the old dam.

After 9 years of studies and 3 years construction on site, today, Tuesday 22nd of July, marks the opening of the jetty to the Mont-Saint-Michel. A new 760-metre-long pedestrian pathway, design by Dietmar Feichtinger, leading out from the coastline of northern France to the historic Mont-Saint-Michel island commune.

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22/07/2014

Cairo Towers, Egypt.

By Manuel Álvarez Diestro [El Cairo] Egypt.
metalocus, BELÉN CALLEJO.
This excellent work by Manuel Álvarez Diestro, about the wooden towers devoted to pigeon farming in Cairo, is a statement of how this a non-intentional towers can become the identity of this singular city.

Manuel Álvarez Diestro lived in Cairo, Egypt for four years. He decided to conduct a photographic work about the wooden towers devoted to pigeon farming. He walked in some of the most marginal areas of the metropolis including the Zabbaleen settlements (Cairo’s area devoted to informal rubbish collection ). He searched for these enigmatic structures and photograph them form a certain...

21/07/2014

Textures and Ants/Texturas e formigas by studio MK27.

[VIDEO] from de studio mk27
metalocus, INÉS LALUETA.
As part of the 14th International Architecture Exhibition of la Biennale di Venezia, the Collateral Event “Time Space Existence” at Palazzo Bembo and Palazzo Mora presents architects from 6 continents, brought together in an extraordinary combination.

Textures and Ants/Texturas e formigas is one of five videos on display by Studio MK27 at the Palazzo Mora as part of the ”Time Space Existence“ exhibition, running parallel to the...

21/07/2014

MASKS. Schommer.

Exhibition. Museo del Prado. [MADRID] Spain.
metalocus, JOSÉ JUAN BARBA.
Masks exhibition features a series of 18 photographic portraits taken in the 1980s by Alberto Schommer, a recent recipient of the National Photography Prize, together with a selection of 13 portraits from the Museum’s own collection painted by Spanish artists between the 16th and the early 20th century.

Room C of the Prado’s Jerónimos Building is the venue for the exhibitions Masks, a series of 18 photographic portraits by Alberto Schommer of modern-day Spanish intellectuals. They will be shown in a specially devised context in the Museum, alongside a selection of 13 portraits from its collection that are comparable in terms of iconography and composition.

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19/07/2014

Renovated Boa Nova Casa de Chá by Siza, now Restaurant by Chef Rui Paula.

Photography by Joao Morgado. [Leça da Palmeira, Matosinhos] Portugal.
metalocus, JOSÉ JUAN BARBA.
The portuguese architect Alvaro Siza has renovated ‘the Boa Nova Casa de Chá / Boa Nova Tea House’, a project completed in 1963. The building, which has been fully renovated, now serves as a Restaurant leaded by Chef Rui Paula.

It will open as a restaurant only but outside meals period it will be possible to visit the building with guided tours held by Association Casa da Arquitectura.

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18/07/2014

IUCN Conservation Centre, by AgpsArchitecture.

[Gland] Switzerland.
metalocus, BELÉN CALLEJO.
The headquarters for the "International Union for Conservation of Nature" (IUCN) in Gland is setting a benchmark in sustainable construction. The objective is to minimize the use of material and technology while maximizing the quality of the working environment and the building’s energy performance. The proposed architecture points to an understanding of what sustainable construction can accomplish in terms of energy and material using photovoltaic, controlled ventilation and storm water management, as well as recycled products, and local materials.

Description of the project by AgpsArchitecture.

The headquarters for the...

18/07/2014

Biennales and controversies. Not everything began in 2014.

Venice Biennale.
metalocus, VERÓNICA ROSERO.
As a form of futuristic flashes of what was exposed 34 years ago, the images of "Elements of Architecture", one of the exhibitions of the Venice 2014 Biennale entitled "Fundamentals" and curated by Rem Koolhaas, inevitably invite people to establish a relationship with the Venice 1980 Biennale, the first Biennale of Architecture.

It was in 2010, in the Biennale curated by Kazuyo Sejima, when Rem Koolhaas referred to the 1980 Biennale during his exhibition "Cronocaos", which established a deep debate about conservation vs. demolition of Modern Architecture.

“Let's start from the beginning”,(01) said Hans Ulrich Obrist to Rem Koolhaas in his...

17/07/2014

Welcome to Museo del Prado.

[VÍDEO] Museo del Prado. [MADRID] Spain.
metalocus, INÉS LALUETA.
The Museo del Prado is one of the most important cultural institutions around the world. Today, they have released this promotional video. It is worth spending a few minutes!!

Everything you can imagine is real.

Pablo Picasso.

The music vídeo promoting the Museum is by Philippe Rombi, from movie "Dans la maison".

The building that today houses the Museo Nacional del Prado was designed by architect Juan de Villanueva in 1785. It was constructed to house...

17/07/2014

Henri Cartier-Bresson's Photography.

Exhibition. Fundación Mapfre. [MAD] Spain. Until 7th Sept. 2014.
metalocus, SARA REBOLLO
Henri Cartier-Bresson's excellent photographs can be seen in Madrid until the 7th of September 2014 at Fundación Mapfre exhibition hall. The show covers this great photographer's long and brilliant career.

This is the first major retrospective exhibition to be held in Europe since the artist's death in August 2004 and displays over five hundred photographs in addition to drawings, paintings, films and documents that cover over seventy years of one of the most important figures of modern times.

The exhibition has been organized by the Centre Pompidou de Paris, in...

16/07/2014

100 años con Alejandro de la Sota.

La SEDE. COAM [MAD] Opening, 17.07.2014
metalocus, INÉS LALUETA.
On Thursday, the COAM Foundation opens exhibition "100 years with Alejandro de la Sota," on an extensive tour that takes place in life and the most important works of the architect's career.

The exhibition places particular emphasis on the seven most representative works of different stages of his production:
•    Pueblo de Esquivel, Seville (1952-1963)
•    Gobierno Civil, Tarragona (1957-1962)
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