The Solar Tower in Sociópolis (Valencia) distances itself from the featureless iconographies of present-day public housing developments by exploring, through a curvilinear geometry and a unique crown, the formal possibilities offered by the tower typology. The project has taken into account a comprehensive sustainability program (which has merited the Valencian Energy Institute’s highest qualifications) based fundamentally on the building’s shape; that is, on the idea that vertical constructions are good for solar exposure and cross ventilation (which is important in humid and sunny Valencia). Counting on the reduction of thermal gains that is achieved through the ventilated character of the facade and the arrangement and functioning of the windows, the region’s long periods of good weather have been capitalized on to the utmost, making for an average of 300 days of passive comfort inside the apartments, with minimal impact on the environment and maximum use of the scenic potentials of high-rise construction.
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.