Six years after redeveloping the Largo da Devesa square in the historic quarter of Castelo Branco, a city in the Portuguese central region, Josep Lluís Mateo has finished inserting into the urban fabric a new cultural center that engages with the surrounding buildings. With its over 4,000 square meters, the compact building sits on gentle slopes designed by the Barcelona architect that adapt to the terrain, create a pond, and hide a parking garage underneath. A large cantilever covers an ice skating rink. The center presents a bold structure with different faces – one of wood with swing slats to regular incoming daylight, another of concrete, and a third with a skin of zinc – that make it sculptural. Like the auditorium, the room for exhibitions is a double-height space crowned by a large skylight.
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.