A work of the Barcelona studio Aq4, the Culture House of Ortuella in Vizcaya province was conceived with the idea of addressing its immediate environment. It is set perpendicularly to the main street so that it looks from one side of the valley to another and can see and be seen from a distance. By creating a pedestrian route, the operation joins a main street to a square. The building takes shape through bands of varying dimensions that go about defining solids and hollows, giving the spaces hierarchy and flexibility. A ground level difference serves to organize the program through separate entrances and the opportunity to fragment the space by creating independent rooms. The project molds the volume in response to the topography of the square, and makes the roofs a fifth facade looking around it. Rust on the materials brings back the region’s mining past.
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.