Silent world

by Lucie & Simon. [VIDEO]
metalocus, INÉS LALUETA
The silence of the world, like a quotation, is suddenly endowed with an oppressive eloquence. A few days ago someone said that the new architects architects are differ from previous generations because in photographs of their projects appear people. I'm not so sure about this idea, but it's always disturbing to see the architecture without its main users.

"Silent World" was awarded by the Marcel Bleustein-Blanchet Foundation prize, and received a Grant from the CICRP center Marseille, European Year of Culture 2013.

Urban places that we all remember and that are important references in our visual memory. These places are usually crowded and when we see them empty, remind us apocalyptic visions. We realize the difference between space and place...


Kanazawa Umimirai Library

By Coelacanth K&H Architects Inc. [Kanazawa] Japan. [VIDEO]by Tramnesia.
metalocus, JOSÉ JUAN BARBA
Architecture, Projects, VIDEO
This video and project is about Umimirai Library, a public library in the western part of Kanazawa, a slow 20-minute drive from the city center. Designed by Coelacanth, an architecture firm based in Tokyo, and opened in June 2011, the three-story self-described “cake box” was intended to invigorate this sleepy area of town, a low-lying neighborhood of dreary houses and big box stores that lacked any hubs of activity or real public space. But ask the man on the street about it and you’ll most likely encounter a blank. Even the video author went and inquired at the Tourism Center for directions and even they had to google it.

The building is a large white box perforated with hole-punched windows that light up the interiors naturally in the day and at night glow out like portholes of a giant ship. There is a maritime feel to the place, probably unintended, or maybe since it was designed by a firm whose name evokes the ancient deep sea the contrary feelings of floating and drifting and being submerged are all by design. We could easily imagine how much we’d love coming...


Vimeo Festival + Awards Judge: Kasumi

by Vimeo Festival + Awards
metalocus, JOSÉ JUAN BARBA
Design, VIDEO
Kasumi took home the Remix category prize at 2010 Vimeo Festival + Awards for her video BREAKDOWN, and she’s returning this year to judge the same category. Congratulations on the selection of the jury!

 Videos below and here.


Kasumi is a media artist uniquely blending film and live-performance into dynamic videoart. Known internationally for her innovative work, she employs...


PGGM Mateo's office building in Netherlands

by Adrià Goula. [VIDEO]
metalocus, JOSÉ JUAN BARBA
Architecture, Projects, VIDEO
Vídeo about new building for the head offices of PGGM insurance company in the municipality of Zeist (Utrecht, Holland).

This project addressedpggm_localizacion the need to increase the surface area of the existing building and recover the parkland in which it is set, while maintaining the relation between the construction and its setting. The result is a building that mimics its natural context, creating a visual and aesthetic harmony and integrating the existing building by making the most of its full potential. More information, below "...


Shukhov's High-tech architecture in Moscow - 1922

By Russia Beyond The Headlines. BBC. [U.K.] [VIDEO]
metalocus, JOSÉ JUAN BARBA
The video, which is part of a film, fully incorporates the ride around this great work by Vladimir Shukhov, Russian engineer, made ​​shortly after the Russian Revolution. For any architect or engineer has always been an exceptional piece that surprisingly and thanks to UNESCO even today remains in perfect condition, because a few years ago was about to be demolished. Truly exceptional.

Art historian Andrew Graham-Dixon travels through time to unlock the world of Russian art. But best of all is a ride up the Shukhov tower, an amazing construction built by the engineer Vladimir Shukhov between 1919 and 1922. If it's not quite as ignored as AGD suggests (its restoration is after all the focus of a major UNESCO campaign) it is still an astonishing construction that is wonderfully well filmed in this BBC video.


Tortoise - Prepare Your Coffin

Directed by Andrew Paynter + JUICE [VIDEO]
metalocus, PEDRO NAVARRO
Saturday's musical video. "Prepare your coffin" is a video by Tortoise band which seems very good, light, photography and music to see architecture, motion, geometry, ...

Tortoise revolutionized American indie rock in the mid-'90s by playing down tried-and-true punk and rock & roll influences, emphasizing instead the incorporation genres from the past 20 years, including Krautrock, dub, avant-garde jazz, classical minimalism, ambient and space music, film music, and British electronica.

First formed in Chicago in 1990, Tortoise began when...


Real Madrid Resort Island [?]

Real Madrid. [Ras Al Khaimah] Arab Emirates. [VIDEO]
metalocus, PEDRO NAVARRO
Architecture, Projects, VIDEO
Is that Real Madrid has lost more than 4 points ahead of Barcelona? It was known that the crisis was a problem selling artificial islands in the UAE but it seems that Real Madrid is willing to fix it. Everyone in our country want new investments to resolve the crisis, even, Madrid City Council is selling metro station names in the capital to brands ( The passanger do not known, if is arriving to Sol station or Galaxy Samsung station), and instead of investing here or capitalize on the universal image of Real Madrid in our city, they propose this project. I honestly do not understand anything.

Real Madrid, one of the most important soccer teams and sports institution worldwide (with permission of the Barcelona) revealed yesterday their plans to build the Real Madrid Resort Island, a development which will include exclusive villas, a 5-star hotel, an amusement park, a club museum and the world’s first stadium with one side open to the sea.

The Investment Fund RAK Marjan Ilsland Football, based in Luxembourg,...



II Ciclo Miradas sobre cine y arquitectura. Mirada VII [VAL] 29/03/2012
metalocus, INÉS LALUETA
Once again, Hat Gallery opens its hat in order to promote debate and dialogue between art disciplines. Gaze 7 “the fall” – March 2012.

Venue: Hat Gallery: Sanahuja Asociados Arquitectura. c/ Denia 37, bajos. Valencia

Date: Thursday 29th March, 8pm.

Free of charge / Places limited, please RSVP via email info@hatgallery.org between 22 and 29 March.

Collaborators: www.gan-rugs.com /...


Alésia Museum and Archaeological Park. [II]

by Bernard Tschumi Architects. [Vercingétorix - Burgundy] France. 23/03/2012
metalocus, JOSÉ JUAN BARBA
Architecture, Projects, VIDEO
With this second article (look first below) the first builing, part of a museum complex designed by Bernard Tschumi Architects, a new interpretive center on the site of the historic Battle of Alésia opens this weekend and in a formal ceremony on March 23, 2012. Located in Burgundy, France, the building marks the position of the Roman army, under Julius Caesar, and its encampment surrounding the Gauls under Vercingetorix in 52 B.C. The building will be open to the public starting on March 26th. A second museum building, contrastingly clad in stone, is also being constructed a kilometre away across the battlefield and the pair will together comprise the Alésia Museum complex.

Tschumi’s design features a cylindrical building with an exterior envelope made of wood, a material that references the Roman fortifications of the era, some of which are reconstructed in an area a short walk from the building.  The roof of the building is planted with low shrubs and trees, so as to minimize the visual impact of the building when seen from the hill above (the historical position of the Gauls).  The materiality and sustainable...


The Social Life of Small Urban Spaces

By William H. Whyte
metalocus, JOSÉ JUAN BARBA
Small fragment of William H. Whyte’s witty and original film about the open spaces of cities and why some of them work for people while others do not. Applying more thought to why people choose the spaces they choose is a really interesting way to see a deeper connection between us and architecture.

Via an article by Kio Stark over at the The Atlantic.

William Hollingsworth "Holly" Whyte (1917 – 12 January 1999) was an American urbanist, organizational analyst, journalist and people-watcher.

While working with the New...



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