The Japanese practice of Akihisa Hirata uses the shape of a tree to organize the spaces of a mixed-use building in the Tokyo Ward of Toshima. Within the stack of concrete boxes is an open central void that provides a visual connection between the various floor levels where apartments, offices, and an exhibition gallery are distributed. On the outside, the windows become small balconies or containers for plants. In the manner of ‘pleats,’ these openings stand out on the facades with emphatic white frames where interior and exterior spaces merge at different levels, in search of an ambiguous relationship.
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.