Inspiration for the curving glass facade of the Louis Vuitton store in Osaka, designed by Jun Aoki & Associates and Peter Marino, came from the sails of old Japanese merchant vessels, in reference to the history of a city defined by the importance of its port.
There are four levels of clothes and accessories, and a top floor with a terrace, partly protected by translucent 'sails' resembling those of the Higaki-Kaisen ships, with linear elements emphasizing the vertical. Here, from a café one walks through a 'clandestine' door to get to Sugalabo V, an exclusive restaurant accommodating a few diners at a time and only in the evening, when the building is lit up like a lantern.
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.