The firm of the Czech architect Petr Janda has won the competition to build a visitor center in the Al Wathba Wetland Reserve, located in the United Arab Emirates capital, where flamingos abound. The project seeks to make the building blend into the landscape by means of materials, as well as through a shape that mimics a flamingo in slumber and the rock formations of the Arabian desert, with the stratifications revealed by erosion. With a circular floor plan and a wrinkled texture combining reddish and pinkish tones, the concrete volume intertwines curving exhibition spaces which are continuous, unfragmented, optimizing views of the surroundings. Two circuits of water will be incorporated for cooling in a system based on the temperature difference between day and night, relying on evaporation, humidity, and condensation.
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.