The Brazilian architect Flavio Castro has built a house for himself in the city of São Paulo. The main challenge was to ensure privacy in the face of the proximity of the neighbors. The rectangular volume is fragmented into two parts, one on top of the other. The upper one closes itself up to the surroundings by means of an opaque enclosure of mobile steel panels, while the lower part opens up to the ground-level garden through sliding glass doors. Using prefabricated elements, the house presents a metal structure with slabs of concrete and incorporates two cruciform pillars that act as the construction’s main vertices. An inner courtyard and skylights together ensure natural lighting and ventilation. A green roof is instrumental to interior climate control.
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.