In the coastal city of Qinhuangdao, between sea and sand, a series of underground concrete galleries gives form to a museum for the UCCA, a leading Chinese independent institution of contemporary art. Designed by Open Architecture, the Beijing firm founded by Li Hu and Huang Wenjing, the building is carved into a dune, thus diluting into the natural environment. Including a café, a reading room, seven interior galleries, and three exterior ones, the 930-square-meter construction presents interconnected, cave-like spaces that show the irregular texture of the formworks used. The visitor goes through a long tunnel and the vaulted reception area to get to the largest gallery, which is multifunctional and perforated by a large skylight. A spiral staircase leads to a lookout offering views of the Bohai Sea.
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.