Beijing-based Archstudio has renovated a typical Siheyuan, a traditional Chinese house built around a courtyard. Houses of this kind were grouped together and, sharing baths and separated by narrow alleys, formed the historical hutongs of Beijing Inner City, many of which have been demolished. Meant to be used as homes or hostels, the different spaces around the courtyard can also be rented as venues for public events, meetings, or parties. The undulating brick pavement of gray tones twists to form walls and ceilings, connecting interior and exterior spaces at different heights. Placed on the east and west sides of the courtyard are wooden boxes with convertible furniture integrated into the structures. The spaces can thus be turned into bedrooms at night.
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.