28th Street Apartments.

Winner of 2013 Los Angeles Architectural Awards. [LA] USA.
The adaptive reuse of the lovely old Twenty-Eighth Street YMCA is a little ahead of schedule, set to open on December 3rd (rather than in 2013). Architecture firm Koning Eizenberg designed the project, which rehabilitates and adds to the 1926 building designed by the great Paul Williams--it'll end up with 48 studio units of affordable housing and one manager unit, plus supportive services for tenants and community space on the groundfloor, a restored gym, and a rooftop garden. According to Clifford Beers Housing, which is developing the project with the Coalition for Responsible Community Development, they're bringing the building up to "modern standards so that it can once again serve the surrounding community by providing adults, youth transitioning out of the foster care system and special needs adults with an affordable place to live."


Description of the project.

"The restoration and expansion of a landmark YMCA built in 1926 restores principal spaces, reconfigures original housing, and innovatively adds replacement units. The design re-establishes this building’s role as an important...


House in Tamatsu.

By Ido, Kenji Architectural Studio [Osaka], Japan.
metalocus, ALEX DURO.
This small house which is organised in three different floors, makes an effort to combine the open familiar rooms with a good natural lighting in a small plot. The result, a beautiful japanese house really good integrate in the surroundings.

Memory of project.

The house is designed for 4 members of a family with two kids.

The house is placed at urban district and a small plot of only 43.21 sqm in Osaka, Japan. Around the site is the mixed-use area where small houses, small factories, and small office...


Lizzie Mary Cullen, Illustrator.

[VIDEO] of THINK-WORK-PLAY.COM. London Psycho-Geographies [LON] U.K.
metalocus, LAURA CANTO.
It makes very easy to find the hometown of the author that we present, Lizzie Mary Cullen. This is just one of her many series of drawings entitled "London Psycho-geographies," which led her to exhibit internationally on the spot, in London, New York and Paris. In these scenes she recreates London in drawings transformed with a custom style, under her drawings one could say hides a creative natural feeling and technical entrenched that encourage her to evolving and working very hard to continue production.

Her elaborate artwork opens a window towards a world of fluid geometry, swirls and patterns, familiar landscapes that are nevertheless in a different dimension.

Cullen's doodle art has attracted the attention of many leading brands, including the BBC, MTV and Harvey Nichols.

It sounds simple enough, but her drawings show a singular eye for detail many might miss. London’s Tower Bridge, ...


Stratategic Masterplan for La Défense CBD.

By AWP + HHF. [PAR] France.
metalocus, LAURA CANTO.
Once again we are talking about this project, AWP and HHF have given us more schemes and diagrams on the proposals, you can see all if you go to the exhibition of "In 2020, a new vision of public spaces" on La Défense, opened on 24 June and you can enjoy up to August 23, outdoors and in over 1000m ² of the esplanade of La Défense.

All the project is around the climate issue. In 2012, public institution DEFACTO, selected AWP, Office for Territorial Reconfiguration, in partnership with HHF, to provide design and implementation guidance for La Défense, Central Business District. The objective was to conceive a new strategic Master Plan for the entire (160...


Transformation of Los Angeles international Airport.

By Moment Factory. [LA] U.S.A.
metalocus, ÁNGELA SOLÍS.
Design, VIDEO, Recommendations
How to carry the romance and magic of traveling to an airport? Moment Factory does it through multimedia installations, 3D videos and information in real time, leading travelers to tropical paradises, dancers and the best cities in the world. Now the journey begins on arrival at Los Angeles International Airport.

Memory of project.

Moment Factory was commissioned by Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA) to work in collaboration with Marcela Sardi of Sardi Design and Mike Rubin of MRA International as the executive multimedia content producer for seven iconic media features at the New Tom Bradley International...


The Highline - New York (Phase III).

By Diller Scofidio + Renfro [NYC] USA.
In 2014 we will enjoy the last phase of the High Line at the Rail Yards, park in the sky continues, reconciling the past with the future of New Yorkers, offering new views, new connections, and new opportunities to be with friends, with family or to walk alone.

Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, City Council Speaker Christine C. Quinn, and Friends of the High Line Co-Founders Joshua David and Robert Hammondhosted a groundbreaking ceremony to mark the start of construction on the third and final section of the High Line. Located between West 30th and West 34th Streets to the south and north, and 10th and 12th  Avenues to the east and west, the final section of the elevated railway, called...


"Pols in Ahmedabad" by Almudena Cano.

Urban Strategies to Regenerate Indian Public Space.
Always is a pleasure to support new and emerging proposals, in this case we highlight the work of Almudena Cano Piñeiro, winner of the first edition of the Premios IS ARCH Awards, this news was published by METALOCUS a few months ago. The project is situated in the city of Ahmedabad, India. This proposal addresses the urban problems trying to define action methods that improve the historic centers of cities, being very compact tissues where we should unite traditional and current. We hope that you enjoy with the Almudena´s work, being an example for many young architects and even for more experienced architects. We hope you enjoy with the Almudena´s work, which everybody can learn, from young and more experienced people. Excellent work Almudena!

Memory of proposal.

Urban Strategies to Regenerate Indian Public Space. A case study of Pols in Ahmedabad.

This project explores potential methodologies for urban interventions in...


Water Bench, the water outdoor forniture.

By Mars Architects and Studio X Mumbai [Mumbai], India.
metalocus, ALEX DURO.
Taking advantage of the summer heat we present an interesting initiative: some benches that collect rainwater which is then reused for irrigation. How well we come now!

The idea is to take advantage of the outdoor forniture, which is always outdoors, so that in continous contact with the weather. The outside skin allows the water goes into it, acting like a tank which contains it for using it later.

The bench, two meters long and more or less one meter wide, can contain approximately 500 water liters. This can increase until 1000 or 1500 water liters in...


House K by Sou Fujimoto.

Sou Fujimoto Architects. [Nishinomiya] Japan.
metalocus, LAURA CANTO.
Called House K after the first letter of the client's last name, the latest home from Sou Fujimoto. Designed as a single, swooping volume that emerges gently from the ground and then rapidly surges upward before tapering to a blunt point at the site's east end. The house delights its owners who are happy and enjoy living in such a place like this.

Memory of project.

The house lies on the serene site located in the midst of the residential district of Nishinomiya, Hyogo prefecture.

Expanding the line of sight toward the woods that spread to the west, it was when I was plotting...


Dionisio González. 'Le Corbusier: The Last Project'

[VIDEO] Ivory Press [MAD] 30/05 > 13/07/2013
metalocus, PEDRO NAVARRO
On 30 May Dionisio González opened his first exhibition at Ivorypress, entitled 'Le Corbusier: The Last Project'. In this show, the renowned photographer reflects on utopia, survival and destruction through twenty unrealised projects by the architect Le Corbusier.



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