The project involved refurbishing a house set between party walls in La Tallada, a typical small village in the Empordà region of Catalonia. Changes and extensions carried out in the course of the life of the building had given it the peculiar appearance of a tower, and the objective of the operation was to strengthen this vertical character of the dwelling, which was unique amid the predominantly horizontal surroundings.
The verticality is reinforced, first, by the house’s interior flow, an ascent made possible by a series of staircases and steps which, as in a promenade architecturale, goes through all the rooms and up to the swimming pool on the terrace that crowns the construction; and, second, by the outer appearance of the building, with the facade repeating in the upper levels the preexisting pattern of the lower ones, a pattern of elongated openings and semicircular arches, thus presenting to the observer outside – through a large vertical window – the rich sequence of stacked spaces inside.
analyzes in each issue a theme related to a city, a country, a tendency or an
architect, with articles by leading specialists complemented by commentary on works
and projects illustrated in detail. Published bilingually, with Spanish and English
texts placed side by side.
covers current topics, taking stock of recent trends in set sections: cover story,
works and projects, art and culture, books, technique and innovation. From 2013
on, monthly and bilingual, with Spanish and English texts printed side by side.
is the third member of the AV family: a bilingual publication essentially focussed
on design projects (with special attention on competitions and construction details),
heretofore only laterally dealt with in the other two magazines.