Top 10 architecture and -not so new- metals

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In the nineteenth century, the availability of new materials gave way to a new construction technique and a new architectural style. Popularized through railway architecture, commercial galleries, covered markets and the pavilions of the universal exhibitions, these “new materials” revolutionized the way of living, and understanding, architecture. A functionalist architecture that gave way to the skyscrapers of the Modern Movement and the second school of Chicago. Today, metal follows the functionalist steps of this architecture without ornaments, living with new materials, lightening spaces or recovering historic buildings. Today we present ten projects where the metal acts as one of the main elements of the current building.

29 non-conventional housing by Garcés de Seta Bonet Arquitectes

29 non-conventional dwellings is a project carried out by Garces of Seta Bonet that transformed an old distillery of alcoho. History and own character as characteristics to highlight in a historical building that transforms its use and plays with the metal transforming its spaces and pampering the found building. Metal as a lightening element and as a main support in this rehabilitation in Poblenou, Barcelona.


MoyaMoya, a house to be lived and evolve over time

Practicality as a starting point in this house designed by the Japanese architect Fumihiki Sano. Casa MoyaMoya thinks about the needs of its tenant and the evolution of space over the years. A Japanese dwelling where the metal acts like a protagonist element in the facade, wrapping it and generating a double skin on her. The shape of this element changes according to the wind and the incidence of the sunlight, allowing to enjoy the transition of the weather, the seasons and the climate.


Casa estudio, a continuous space by Terra e Tuma

Designed by Terra e tuma, this unconventional housing in Sao Paulo, Brazil, is a space that houses housing and a workplace. Along the ground floor extends a large work space that concludes on four metal doors, which provide verticality to the whole and give way to an outside balcony. This great room is in turn connected to the house by a walkway that accompanies the wall in its upper part. The continuity in materiality connects the interior and exterior spaces. The metal continues to generate fluidity in combination with other materials such as polished concrete. Casa study portrays the frankness of its materials, leaving in evidence the practical use of its dual function as housing-study.


Monochrome Bikes Store; 3 in 1

Buenos Aires is home to its most fashionable neighborhood, Palermo, this bicycle shop. Monochrome Bikes is a sales space, workshop and bicycle exhibition developed by the Nidolab architecture studio. The walls, floor and ceiling are covered with cubes, shelves and hangers in wood and iron exposing the product without competing with it. Order and scarcity of ornament as priorities in a small space where the protagonists are the elements exposed.


Local Concept Store Wer-Haus, a space that brings together fashion, gastronomy, culture and art

Jean-Antoine Palagos, Nicolas Rossi and Marc Miró transfer to Barcelona a new concept of commerce. Concept Store is a new type of commercial premises where kitchen, culture, fashion and art coexist in an old urban parking, rehabilitated by La Boqueria Taller d’arquitectura i desseny together with the architect Marta Peinado Alós. This particular space is organized in three different programs but interconnected in an industrial atmosphere while welcoming. Metal and wood are found in the modules added to space and furniture. A combination of materials and colors of simple lines where the unique elements are recovered and all artistic concepts are shared.


Wood House, the succes of  Muji

Wood House, a prefabricated house designed by the Japanese brand Muji in Okazaki, Japan. This two-storey house distributes its space in common areas and private areas. A traditional division for a Japanese home that is itself an exhibitor of the brand’s own product. Wood and metal combine in a subtle way, with a palette of light colors and simple decorative elements. This Japanese house is an example of simple design. A real-scale showroom.


Pósito Pesquero, the value of traditional architecture

Pósito Pesquero, a rehabilitation by ARN Arquitectos. This constructed construction of the nineteenth century is recovered and acquires a new use. A respectful intervention that returns part of its history to the population and endows the space of a function commensurate with the current times. Two metal tongues open their way to the outside, allowing us to intuit what happens inside. Metal in minimalist concept as a support to increase the useful surface and to appreciate different points of view of the existing architecture.


Tokyo House by A.L.X. / Junichi Sampei

Tokyo House is a residential project developed by the Japanese A.L.X. Junichi Sampei. This housing of three heights, is composed by a reinforced concrete framework that maximizes the use of the space. To ensure privacy, openings along the façade are covered with perforated metal detection. The minimalist and light interiors contrast with the rotundos, hormonal walls. The metal enters the house and, next to the glass, generates double heights and sets of lights. A relationship between the interior and exterior of concrete and metal that defies the conventions of old urban design.


Tin House by Henning Stummel Architects

Tin House, a home remarked by Henning Stummel Architects in London. Constructed responsibly, the pavilions that form it respond actively to the variation of conditions of its perimeter. Each pavilion has a skylight that illuminates in a natural way and at the same time allows the owners privacy. Tim House’s metal cladding is a steel cladding that reduces the building’s environmental impact, is well insulated and airtight, allowing for an efficient heat recovery system.


Vers une industrie légère, rethinking industrial atmospheres

The architectural studio Outeda and Táboas, along with the carpenter company that owns this ship (unusual) are in charge of this project located in the Galician municipality of Barro, Spain. An industrial atmosphere where customers and workers find the raw material. A ship designed for the enjoyment of the industrial process, which also had the planting of new trees creating green areas. A revaluation of the raw material that is worked inside the building. Exterior and interior, with a contemporary language, loaded with metal and gray and white colors, it acquires a monolithic aspect and is able to stand out contrasting with the old white ships.


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