Headed by Hua Li, the Beijing firm Trace Architecture Office (TAO) has transformed, renovated, and enlarged a complex of buildings that house a coffee processing plant and a hotel in China’s Yunnan Province, known for its coffee trees. The brick constructions of local tradition include vaults, such as those on ground level which are used for storing coffee, having walls whose dimensions and thickness help keep the temperature and humidity constant. To connect the two existing buildings, TAO added two courtyards surrounded by covered galleries of concrete. In a further phase of the renovation, an abandoned cinema built in the 1980s will be turned into a coffee museum.
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
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works and projects, art and culture, books, technique and innovation. From 2013
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