"Desire" + The Lavazzers Calendar.

by Erwin Olaf [VIDEO]
metalocus, PEDRO NAVARRO
Design, Photography, VIDEO
These days are calendar days and gifts. As self-proclaimed likes is "Visually sophisticated and conceptually provocative," the renowned photographer Erwin Olaf ornate, baroque retro "vintage" and provocative, is, and is part of these two projects:

First: Discover vente-privee.com 10th year anniversary distinctive film: "Desire" or rather how vente-privee.com inspires Erwin Olaf to create one of the most glamorous work.

Second, as part of  The Lavazzers Calendar. To celebrate twenty years of its iconic calendars Italian coffee house Lavazza has invited 12 iconic...


Pole Dance by SO - IL

metalocus, JOSÉ JUAN BARBA
We bring a fun and clever idea two summers ago that we liked to remember it for today. Do not miss the video, and MERRY CHRISTMAS TO ALL of METALOCUS WHOLE TEAM!!

The architects of "Pole Dance" are Florian Idenburg, 35, and Jing Liu, 30, husband-and-wife founders Brooklyn firm Solid Objectives-Idenburg Liu, or SO-IL. Two years ago their installation consisted of 50 30-foot swaying poles spread throughout the courtyard in 16-foot- by-16-foot squares, a grid made visible by bungee cords anchoring them all to each other and to the surrounding wall. A loose overhead net filled with beach balls covers everything....


Tri-Colonnade by SO - IL

by SO-IL. Shenzhen Biennale. [Hong Kong] [VIDEO]
metalocus, JOSÉ JUAN BARBA
Architecture, Projects, VIDEO
Last instalation by SO-IL. When approaching the facade, the marble surface seemingly expands into infinite depth. Crossing the threshold, the image of the marble is refracted and fills the space as visitors wander through. Multiplied and reflected, flatness is scrutinized and made spatial, and becomes charged with public engagement.

Curator Terrance Riley of the 2011 Shenzen Hong Kong Biennial recreates Paolo Portoghesi’s “STRADA NOVISSIMA” from the 1980 Venice Biennial, in which he asked 20 architects (including Frank Gehry, Rem Koolhaas and Aldo Rossi) to design a “facade” along a central “Strada” of the exhibition hall, questioning the ideology of the facade that is at once individual and collective—both the building and the city.



Ensayo y proyecto por John Szot, diseñador y fundador de John Szot Studio. Magazine; MAS CONTEXT / 12 issue, Winter 11. [VIDEO]
This proposal for a housing block tower in the Shibuya ward of Tokyo by John Szot Studio seeks to harness the intrepid spirit behind the city’s idiosyncratic character by bringing the spatial diversity and eccentricity exhibited at the urban scale to bear directly on the housing units within the building. The project is the second part of the three-part series “Architecture and the Unspeakable” exploring the design potential of pathological phenomena in the built environment.

ALL ARTICLE AND MUCH MORE IN www.mascontext.com, where you can order a printed copy of the journal and download the electronic version.

MAS Context, a quarterly journal created by MAS Studio, addresses issues that affect the urban context. Each issue delivers a...



Magazine; MAS CONTEXT / Issue 12, Winter 11.[VIDEO]
metalocus, PEDRO NAVARRO
The twelfth issue of the quarterly design journal MAS Context, ABERRATION, is already out. Contributors to this issue include Atelier Olschinsky, Nick Axel, Ethel Baraona Pohl, Vladimir Belogolovsky, Michael Chen, formlessfinder, The Freise Brothers, Iker Gil, Tom Keeley, Emilio López-Galiacho, Jürgen Mayer H., Antonio Rull, Paul Shepheard, John Szot, Lebbeus Woods and Luis Urculo who is also the cover designer. GREAT WORK. CONGRATULATIONS TO "MAS CONTEXT" AND PEAKED HAT!

If firmness, utility, and delight are the enduring pinnacles of architectural achievement, then it would appear architecture’s moral destiny is a foregone conclusion. But is it possible that opportunities for valuable cultural insight are being lost out of deference to this legacy? We examine forces, trends, and ideas that enhance the significance of the built environment despite, or due to, their deviant nature.


The Walls by TAKK.

Premio FAD de opinión en intervenciones efímeras 2011. [VÍDEO]
metalocus, INÉS LALUETA
We bring a project already known,it showed in Madrid and was posted here several months ago (link below): "THE WALLS ARE COMING DOWN. Sensorial activation spaces", their authors send us all documentation, it is a good oportunity to publication.

Yes, we could start, for example, telling that the project creates a circular space, a space where one can come in and simply experiment with different sensations, through sight, touch and smell. We could explain that it was built for an Architecture Festival in Barcelona, though that is not the point, but it is certainly important that it only “lived” for 3 days. Because, instead of being  a barrier...


How to film a city?

Telerama + The Guardian.
metalocus, JOSÉ JUAN BARBA
Architecture, Urbanisme, VIDEO
Reading The Guardian today I saw the article about "In the Mood for Love" by Wong Kar-Wai, is one of my favorite movies also (she up the ladder with the purchase of noodles, is superb!) And coincidentally, today also, crossed this video by Telerama French channel, speaking about "How to shoot a city" using the example of three films: Wong Kar-Wai (2046), Roman Polanski (the Tenant) and Jerzy Skolimowski (Deep End). I thought it was a timely casuality, you enjoy it. Peaked hat!

How to shoot a city? is the theme developed by the critic and director Thierry Jousse, co-author of an encyclopedia on the subject, "au coeur des images" in Telerama (France), with images of the films from Wong Kar-Wai (2046), Roman Polanski (The Tenant) and Jerzy Skolimowski (Deep End). The link for the article in: My favourite film: In the Mood...



Transported with the Volvo Ocean race. [Alicante] Spain. [VIDEO]
metalocus, INÉS LALUETA
Architecture, Projects, VIDEO
Camper and Shigeru Ban join forces to create unique paper structure in Alicante 2nd November 2011. Camper pavillion, transported with the Volvo Ocean race.

Since the launch of the CAMPER VO70 in April, the Spanish shoe company has shown itself to be at the forefront of design, both from a technical and a graphic perspective. The third element of their design story in relation to their sponsorship of Emirates Team New Zealand is the CAMPER pavilion, crafted by Shigeru Ban. Ban has received recognition for his innovative work with paper and cardboard tubing as a material for building construction. His work in...


A HAPPY MAN. Siza sings | Film by Fernando Guerra

by Fernando Guerra.[VIDEO]
metalocus, JOSÉ JUAN BARBA
Architecture, VIDEO
A few minutes ago I saw this video of Fernando Guerra, it's great! Appears Álvaro Siza happy, humming songs of The Beatles. Only I thought to have made a link on facebook and a "I like", however the video have a very good vibrations so I wanted to reach all METALOCUS readers.

The video shows a few good minutes of an architect happy. Fernando Guerra is an great, photographer Portuguese. A few years ago that has carved a niche among the best, doing close tracking of Alvaro Siza and Souto de Moura, among others.


Traffic in Frenetic HCMC, Vietnam.

by Rob Whitworth. [VIDEO]
metalocus, INÉS LALUETA
Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) is an amazing up and coming city. This time lapse is a culmination of 10,000 RAW images and multiple shoots capturing some of the cities relentless energy and pace of change. We also left the links to In Treatment of our architects in Ho Chi Minh City: SERGIO DIEZ-CASCÓN SOLER, MONTSE GARCIA-CASTANY PLA. Links below.

Everyone who has visited Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam knows part of the magic (love it or hate it) is in the traffic. Ever since I first set foot in HCMC I have been captivated by the cities energy. Saigon is a city on the move unlike anything I have experienced before which I wanted to capture and share.

Soundtrack to the video is the energetic Mondo'77 by Looper - z6.co...



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