This building was conceived as a prototype for a sustainable rural community. The Texan firm in charge of the project, headed by Juan Miró of Spain and Miguel Rivera from Puerto Rico, sought to design flexible spaces that could equally accommodate community events and family gatherings, and that would be self-reliant in energy terms. The country house has a geothermal installation buried under it, a system for collecting water, and solar panels. Mirroring the rise and wall of the surrounding hills, it is characterized by a succession of volumes with gabled roofs that are linked by a central spine. The public and the private spaces are placed at opposite ends, as in the traditional typology of the ‘shotgun house.’ The cladding is an alternation of corrugated white metal and warm cypress wood.
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.