The Japanese firm of Kengo Kuma has designed Roof / Birds, a guesthouse on a slope in a forest overlooking Mount Asama in Karuizama, in Nagano Prefecture. In a habitat of wild birds, the building is divided into blocks, minimizing the architecture’s impact on the nature around. It is made to come across as a collection of small wooden roofs slanted at different angles so that they look like a flock of birds in flight amid the dense mass of trees, engaging with the landscape. These volumes ‘float’ over glass objects whose structures try to be as light as possible through pillars made of steel profiles.
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.