A Shanghai firm headed by Helen Wang, Ares Partners has transformed a former granary station into a rural hotel. Surrounded by mountainous landscapes, it is located in the small town of Huchen, in the eastern Chinese province of Zhejiang, and it seeks to strike a dialogue between old and new, nature and architecture. The resort is composed of seven volumes, six of which date back to 1956. The seventh, a white new block, serves as the reception area. In the renovation work, paint was removed to show stone masonry, and false ceilings were eliminated to expose original timber frames. In addition, the pavement of the shared courtyard was renovated, some windows were enlarged to optimize incoming natural light, and the 21 guest suites were given private decks and sun rooms.
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.