In our latest issue, we explore the soft power of German design in the postwar era, along with Neave Brown's humane city, the differing visions at Arcosanti and Zaradye Park, report back from Dutch Design Week and rethink the European Space Agency
Coop Himmelb(l)au has landed an immense structure of angular steel and crystalline glass at the gateway to Lyon
Coop Himmelb(l)au tests the limits of large-scale parametric design by landing a spaceship-like civic centre in northern China.
September is the biggest month in London’s design calendar and this month we bring you the biggest ever edition of Icon – on Shopping. 6A Architects has designed a flagship store for Paul Smith and Zaha Hadid is moving into retail. We explore Amazon’s gargantuan distribution sheds, talk to Industrial Facility and ask how the British High Street can survive. And the Icon Design Trail brings you the best of LDF.
The giant animated roof of Coop Himmelb(l)au’s cultural building in South Korea harks back to the data-bubbles and inflatables of an idealistic age.
Icon 116 is devoted to Japan. Nearly two years after the earthquake and tsunami that devastated the north of the country in March 2011, we revisit the disaster areas where architects and designers, including Toyo Ito’s KISYN group, are now helping to rebuild local communities. On the cover is Kengo Kuma, the master of “deceptive minimalism”, and we also talk to rising stars Takram Design Engineering.
Coop Himmelb(l)au’s church in Hainburg, Austria combines digital design with references to the giants of modernism.
Today, the space frame lurks quietly behind the skins of buildings by Frank Gehry and Zaha Hadid, as well as regional shopping centres, but in the 1960s it was central to architects’ visions of utopian megastructures and a future of unlimited expansion.
Water slide, roller coaster, theme park and Buck Rogers High, these are the epithets that locals most frequently use to describe Central High School 9 in Los Angeles.
A winged museum extension News A winged museum extension is Austrian architecture practice Coop Himmelb(l)au's long-awaited American debut.