In a deserted stretch of the beach of Nandaihe, in the eastern Chinese city of Beidaihe, stands this library facing the sea, designed by the Beijing firm Vector Architects. The 450-square-meter building has two floors, and features a tiered reading area, a meditation space, an activity room, a resting place, and a bar. The sedate volume with a rectangular floor plan is built with concrete. Inside, the roughness of this material engages with the warmth of the wood used for the claddings, frames, and furniture. The curved ceiling of the reading area is perforated with circular openings. Natural light also comes in through the large horizontal windows, which frame views on the upper level, while glazed doors open up at ground level to eliminate the limits between interior and exterior. From the roof deck one can enjoy the sound and view of the sea from a narrow vertical strip.
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.