"The Wallpaper." Cyprus at the 14th Venice Biennale.

Venice Biennale 2014. [VEN] Italy.
metalocus, SARA REBOLLO
Cypriot pavilion at the 14th International Architecture Exhibition in Venice is directed by architects Michael Hadjistyllis and Stefanos Roimpas.

The exhibition is an abstraction that explores the passage of time and history through the metaphor of wallpaper and the work with collages and on different surfaces.

Anatomy of the...


Temple of Cremation in Parma by Paolo Zermani.

By Zermani Associati Studio di Architettura. [Parma] Italy.
Death is the end of life, time that sooner or later arrives to all humans. Currently cremation is quite accepted by society, proof of this is the amount of crematories that are being built around the world. Today we bring you the Parma's crematorium where the architect raises a number of metaphors to relate life and death, earth and sky. The good architecture will help address those difficult times...

Description of project by Paolo Zermani

The new Temple of Cremation in Parma is located north of the...


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...


CANADA. Arctic Adaptations: Nunavut at 15.

Venice Biennale 2014. [VEN] Italy
'Arctic Adaptations: Nunavut at 15' is Canada’s national exhibition at the 14th International Architecture Exhibition - la Biennale di Venezia. It is organized and curated by Lateral Office of Toronto. The main aim was to carry out an experimental design practice that operates at the intersection of architecture, landscape, and urbanism, in Nunavut district located in the north os Canada.

Arctic Adaptations: Nunavut at 15, which means “our land”, is Canada’s newest, largest, and most northerly territory. It separated from the Northwest Territories on April 1, 1999 following a hard-fought land claims agreement established in 1993.

Today, there are almost 33,000 people living in 25 communities across two million square...


Minimalist reinterpretation of the Walter Gropius Houses by BFM.

[Dessau] Germany
metalocus, JOSÉ JUAN BARBA.
The two destroyed buildings of the original Walter Gropius-designed Bauhaus site, House Gropius and House Moholy-Nagy, have been recreated – well, sort of. The project explores the complicated, contested history and issues around the reconstruction...or rather recreation...or better still, reinterpretion of two iconic architectural ghosts from the past.

The project, by the architect Bruno Fioretti Marquez, is featured as a Bauhaus reinterpretation not reconstructed in Dessau after WW2. When the Bauhaus school moved from Weimar to Dessau in 1925, Walter Gropius finally had the chance to build. Funded by the Dessau-based aircraft manufacturer Hugo Junkers, the famous Bauhaus building and, a few hundred metres away, the...


DAVID FRUTOS. 10 Fundamental Photographers. On site. Architecture.

Fundamentals METALOCUS.
metalocus, JOSÉ JUAN BARBA.
David Frutos, like many of the photographers we selected, didn't arrive at photography following a direct path. As he told us, he had just graduated in Information Sciences, he lived in a student flat in Madrid, and he had an interest in photography (but not professionally). There were other students in his flat who "became architects, then customers and then they wanted to publish..."

Dual work. I knew David Frutos' work and met him in person a few weeks ago. When we decided to select 10 photographers, we asked him to write a few words (just like our other guests) to define his own work. The text was so simple and direct it seemed as if one could hear him speak. I couldn't resist selecting some paragraphs.


Playgrounds. Reinventing the square.

Exhibition. Museo Reina Sofía [MAD], Spain. 30/04 > 22/09/2014.
metalocus, ALEX DURO.
'Playgrounds. Reinventing the square' is the new exhibition by the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, which can be visited since several days and which will be opened until the finish of the summer. Through a wide range of formats such as photography, sculpture, video, painting, installations ... we enter the world of the game from the playground and plaza, to public spaces entirely redefined. Be highlighted photographs of the Unité d'habitation Le Corbusier, Buckminster Fuller, Lina Bo Bardi, Aldo Van Eyck or crowds of Coney Island.

The exhibition, which could be visited since the first of May, walking through photographs, videos, sculptures, paintings and even installations, a new way of seeing the history of art from the late 19th century in which value is placed on the redefined or reinvented public space for the game, festival and looking for new possibilities of use.

We have found several images with a special interest such as the ones of Unité d'...


Peter Eisenman challenges to Rem Koolhaas.

Vía Dezeen. Venice Biennale 2014. [VEN] Italy. Bienal de Venecia 2014. [VEN] Italia.
metalocus vía Valentina Ciuffi
It was obvious that if "egos" are touched, some architects would jump on the defensive, and this was the case with Peter Eisenman. Before, Nobody had attacked a director of the Biennale as virulent way.

With some bitterness after his fiasco with the City of Culture in Galicia, according to architect Peter Eisenman, Rem Koolhaas has used the biennale to announce the end of his "hegemony" over the profession.

"He's stating his end," said Eisenman, adding: "Rem Koolhaas presents the Biennale as la fine [the end]: 'The end of my career, the end of my hegemony, the end of my...


Knud Lonberg-Holm: The invisible architect.

Exhibition. Ubu Gallery. [NY], USA. 06/05 > 01/08/2014.
During this summer it can be visited at Ubu Gallery in New York the exhibition about Modernism in the 20th century, still influential in architecture, with innedit material, as photographs, drawings or letter from the not too much renowned architect and photographer Knud Lonberg-Holm, the invisible architect. A key figure in the culture and architecture of the early 20th century.

The role of Knud Lonberg-Holm in the early 20th century Modernism is not too renowned nowadays. Architect, photographer, author, designer, researcher as well as teacher, his first works in Denmark and Germany were directly linked with Berlin Constructivist and the group De Stijl. Born in 1895 it was not until 1923 when he...


'Architects Are Facing A Silent War'.

By architectsmarketing.com [LON], UK.
metalocus, ALEX DURO.
Architects are at war. This article comes from architectsmarketing.com and has resulted very friendly and clear in his way to explain how and why 'architects are in a silent war'. From a survey by Architects Journal and a post published in the RIBA LinkedIn group we are told of the plight of British architects, its opinion on it as well as possible solutions.

Their case and how they see it reminded us a lot to the current situation in Spain. We recommend you to read it!

We shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds, we shall fight in the fields and in...



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