Outside Ahmedabad, the largest city of the Indian state of Guyarat, stands this corporate office building, a work of the Mumbai firm RMA Architects led by Rahul Mehrotra. Its formal composition comes from the use of green facades and other passive cooling elements. In its multilayer enclosure, plants on an aluminum mesh and an intermediate zone create a humid microclimate that cools the interior spaces and reduces air temperature around the building. The inner skin is formed by floor-to-ceiling glass panels, and when these are opened manually, currents push hot air towards the higher levels. Coming into play at this point is the building’s large central lung, a double-height covered space where heat is dissipated towards the terrace. Moreover, in a complex closed system of cooling tubes integrated into the structure, water circulates while absorbing heat.
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.