LIVING ARCHITECTURES MARATHON: Koolhaas Houselife in Madrid.

La Casa Encendida [MAD] 29/10/2013. 20.00h.
metalocus, ROBERTO ALIA.
La Casa Encendida will show the Koolhaas Houselife documentary, as part of the Living Architectures Marathon, and coordinated by the directors of the series, Ila Bêka and Louise Lemoine. If you are around Madrid, don't miss it!

After the successful and greatly reviewed launch of the Living Architectures Marathon in France and Italy, the films continue their tour in some of the main art and architecture institutions and cultural events. After two months of worldwide screenings, La Casa Encendida will held the famous Koolhaas Houselife documentary, which will close the tour.


Subtle Japan by Carme Masià.

Akashi Gallery. [BCN] . 1/10 < 2/11/2013.
metalocus, ÁNGELA SOLÍS.
In the heart of Barcelona is Akashi Gallery, a tea house and Japanese dining room with a photo gallery. In October you can enjoy the photo exhibition "Japan Subtle" by Carme Masià, drinking tea and Japanese homemade dishes, a complete Japanese peaceful atmosphere you can't miss.

Carme Masià presents a selection of photographs taken during her trips to Japan during the '90s. The collection of images inspired by the book "In Praise of the shadow" by Japanese writer Junichiro Tanizaki, framed within Fotointerpreta 2012, was produced by the Biblioteques de Barcelona and now will be exhibited again in Akashi Gallery.



IDNA – spatial storytelling

[VIDEO] from apelab - Emilie Tappolet
metalocus, INÉS LALUETA.
IDNA is a project presented at the Tokyo Game Show 2013 and X Media Lab Switzerland, and developed at HEAD-Geneva. IDNA by Sylvain Joly (from apelab) is the first story deployed on their spatial storytelling prototype.

Each scene of this story is designed on 360 degrees, so that you can explore it whenever you want through the story. This is done simply by turning the iPad around you, thanks to the built in gyroscope. The story has branches: according to the user’s focus on certain angles or characters, the film may take a different path. The idea is to bring the viewer to follow the story according to its sensitivity and its affects to a particular character or a...



By Arata Isozaki and Anish Kapoor. [Matsushima] Japan.
metalocus, ÁNGELA SOLÍS.
ARK NOVA is a inflatable pink ball for concerts, shows, exhibitions... A project designed by Arata Isozaki and Anish Kapoor, to bring hope to regions afflicted by the earthquake and tsunami that occurred in in East Japan.

Memory of the project.

Two years have passed since the unforgettable earthquake and tsunami occurred in East Japan. As time goes by and the momentum for support of reconstruction wanes, LUCERNE FESTIVAL one of Europe’s leading music...


Rehabilitation of a dwelling in A Coruña by Sinaldaba.

[A Coruña] Spain.
metalocus, ALEX DURO.
In an actual situation on which the architect role has to reinvent itself, the inner rehabilitation seems to be an interesting alternative. This 19th century dwelling in A Coruña is emptied, keeping the stairs structure to achieve a wide and illuminated space, even painting it in white.

Memory of project.


Vesa Sammalisto, Illustrator.

Cities covers and illustration works.
metalocus, LAURA CANTO.
Metalocus uncovers the illustrator Vesa Metalocus Sammalisto, a fetish of maps, transports, buildings and everything that may appear in them. You might not missed part of his work, great illustrations that are sight readers could not miss!

Today I wanted to make known the works of Vesa Sammalisto. I advise you to spend your time and look over on some of his best artwork and judge yourselves.

"I´m a Finnish illustrator. I recently moved back to Helsinki. For a while I lived in Berlin, loved the city but still felt Helsinki was more home to me. Helsinki has an international atmosphere yet...


New Eco-Hotel on Mt Elbrus: LEAPrus 3912.

[Mount Elbrus] Russia.
A place with spectacular views surrounded by snow in highest it of Europe. This is LEAPrus 3912, an alpine station on Mount Elbrus in Russia and designed by LEAPfactory. The building is structured from four completely prefabricated buildings which are articulated properly by the project management team by difficulty of carrying the mountaintop all prefabricated modules, using until helicopters for it. An ideal place to spend unforgettable days.

LEAPrus 3912 is the name of the new Eco-Hotel located on the Southern side of Mount Elbrus, at 4.000 meters in altitude: completed by LEAPfactory in September 2013 it is now already open to the public.

Mount Elbrus is the highest peak in Europe, and is one of the Seven Summits, the circuit of the highest mountains in each of the seven continents. It is located at...


OpenDesk, open source design furniture.

by FabHub, Nick Ierodiaconou, Joni Steiner, David Steiner, AtFAB and Lynton Pepper.
metalocus, ROBERTO ALIA
Design, Recommendations
Imagine you're flicking through a design furniture catalog. What if it would be possible to actually print a copy any product just from your place? If you have a CNC-machine at home, it is. And if you haven't, it still is. OpenDesk has created a network that connects designers, users and CNC makers all around the world, with an open-source design furniture catalog. Sharing is living!

At first sight, OpenDesk must seem like one of the tons of online design furniture stores on the Internet. However, it is much more than that. Thanks to CNC, buying a design piece of furniture doesn't need to happen in a physical shop, neither a finished fabricated product. OpenDesk makes available to any user several designs in Creative Commons, that we can print in any CNC machine, as well as contacting one of the hundreds of local makers that are collaborating...


Montblanc House by Studio Velocity.

[Okazaki] Japan.
We present another house of Studio Velocity, Montblanc House, a house where indoor and outdoor play, we are inside the house but in a space that is open, which is external. Other times we are in a closed indoor but completely open to the landscape. I encourage you to discover in the pictures when the spaces are indoors and when outdoors.

Memory of the project.

The plan of a house with a small beauty shop on the first floor. In a quiet residential area, surrounded by neighboring houses in three directions. Most houses in the area have only 2 stories and one is able to see the mountains far away.

I began to think how I can make...


Nación Rotonda: retroactive story about the building bubble in Spain.

By Miguel Álvarez, Esteban García, Rafael Trapiello, Melina Grinberg y Guillermo Trapiello.
metalocus, ROBERTO ALIA
Urbanisme, Recommendations
Using aerial views of last 15 years, this web makes a review of the urban development settled up all across Spanish territory. Comparing the initial and current state of the examples shown at Nación Rotonda are sometimes scary and work as a consciousness awakening, but maybe late, about the excessive growth of our cities during the property bubble.

Just comparing, the web of Nación Rotonda (Roundabout Nation, in Spanish) gives us an inventory of urban developments, from early 00s and until today, in the Spanish building bubble context. Thanks to the superposition of both images, corresponding to initial and current status, we can see the transformation of a landscape that has become more regular after 15 years of disproportionate urban growth.

An image is...



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