The Tokyo firm SANAA, headed by Kazuyo Sejima and Ryue Nishizawa, has completed this building in Tsuruoka, a small city in Japan’s Yamagata Prefecture. On the site of the old cultural center, the new facilities try to blend into the environment of wooden houses of the surrounding historical neighborhood. Hence the fragmentation of the roof, which manages to reduce the visual impact of the large volume, and the various interconnected volumes become smaller towards the perimeter. The main element of the project is the large concert hall, with its central stage surrounded by seats placed at different levels. Like most of the volumes of the complex, the public spaces adjacent to the auditorium have been designed with use flexibility as a criterion.
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.