Near Ikebukuro Station and the iconic Sunshine Tower, the Japanese firm Kengo Kuma and Associates has built a new skyscraper for the municipal offices of Toshima, a Tokyo ward. Containing 94,681 square meters in 49 floors rising 189 meters, the mixed-use building includes – besides the nine lower levels for the administration – 322 apartments and a public vertical garden called Toshima no Mori (Forest of Toshima) and featuring native plants. Conceived as a tree, the facade combines different kinds of panels in the manner of 'leaves': photovoltaic cells, parasols with slats of recycled wood, and 'green' modules covered with vegetation.
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.