icon 079 / January 2010
Bjarke Ingels is the cover story of the January 2010 issue of icon, which is in shops now. Inside, we manage to get the jet-setter to stay in one place for long enough to tell us about his time at OMA, the advantages of chaos and what it’s like being the world’s most in-demand young architects.
We also have an in-depth report from Zaha Hadid’s MAXXI in Rome. A decade in the making, more railway junction or airport than culture-palace, it’s archetypal Hadid. But is it any good? On the design side, we pay a visit to Atelierdorp, the Dutch design collective that is about to be evicted from its unusual premises: a huge disused church. Can the group survive the loss of its home?
Up front, we take a look at Supersudaca’s tough little church in Chile, Gramazio & Kohler’s wall-building robot in New York, LIN’s faceted French design school and Santiago Calatrava’s spectacular railway station in Belgium. In Review, we’ve got the first works of the starchitects, the cream of American design, the strange world of Thomas Demand and the front rooms of West Indian immigrants. That’s all in issue 079 of icon, in shops now.