The Met’s Costume Institute Benefit is arguably best known as the Met Gala. It’s probably true that not both names carry the some meaning. The Met Gala sounds more like something that easily travels across publications and broadcasts, transcending audiences and becoming part of the popular culture and its celebrity ambassadors. The Met’s Costume Institute Benefit, on the other hand, sounds like a diplomatic project and it might well be.
In an area near Cördoba, Spain, rare formations of calcarenite rock emerge in slanting slabs from the earth, often forming natural caves and niches that were once used by farmers and herdsmen as temporary dwellings. One such cave was transformed into a modern rural house by the architects at UMMOestudio, who dared to contrast the natural surface.