A work of the Dutch firm MVRDV in collaboration with the local office TUPDI, this 33,700-square-meter library for 1.2 million books opened recently in the Binhai district of Tianjin, a coastal municipality in western China, three years after the first drawing was made. Curved shelves cascade from the ceiling to the floor around a spherical auditorium, interspersed by stairs and seats. The underground level contains service spaces, book storage, and a large archive. On the ground floor are reading rooms, the main entrance, and the auditorium. The first and second floors mainly present reading rooms, while the upper two stories offer meeting, computer, and audio rooms besides offices.
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.