On the banks of the Li River, in Yangshuo, a town in southern China’s Guangxi region, was a sugar mill long in disuse, immersed in a picturesque karstic landscape full of eroded limestone forms. The architectural horizontality strikes a contrast with the verticality of the mountains. The industrial facilities, built in the 1960s, have been refurbished and complemented with new constructions to create a hotel complex, a work of the Beijing firm established by Gong Dong, Vector Architects. Emphasizing the connection between old and new, the buildings are arranged around ponds and a sunken plaza, while the swimming pool in what was the mill’s loading area stretches towards the river. The complex is homogenized with pitched roofs and materials that refer to the preexisting architecture, such as the concrete of the lattices that wrap some of the volumes with solid and hollow blocks.
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.