Wednesday, 29 August 2018 15:32

Designart Tokyo 2018

Published in Diary

Japan’s 1980s boom was marked by unhinged wealth and intense architectural creativity. Its legacy includes some of the most wildly original buildings the world has ever seen, writes Adam Nathaniel Furman

Published in Features
Friday, 22 January 2016 00:00

Zakka – Goods and Things

21_21 Design Sight, Tokyo
26 February – 5 June 2016

Published in Diary
Monday, 11 January 2016 00:00

Bakurocho, Tokyo

Once a “ghost town” in the shadow of Nihonbashi’s neon glare, Bakurocho is enjoying a creative revival inspired by its Edo-era craft heritage. Danielle Demetriou visited the area for our latest issue – Keith Ng's images, featured here, accompany the article

Published in Features
Friday, 16 October 2015 00:00

Shinjuku temple, Tokyo

The hostess bars of Tokyo’s hedonistic Shinjuku district have an unlikely neighbour: Amorphe’s vast, futuristic Buddhist temple

Published in News

The Japan pavilion’s take on the theme of “Absorbing Modernity” focuses on a period in the 1970s when, with the country rushing into the free-market future, a group of architects turned instead to the vanishing past, says Julian Worrall

Published in Features
Monday, 23 September 2013 12:51

Mitate Collection: Studio Wieki Somers Lamps

Studio Wieki Somers has created a family of lamps inspired by visits to Japanese Samurai houses

Published in News
Wednesday, 13 February 2013 11:16

Tokyo garden house by Ryue Nishizawa

Ryue Nishizawa has used plants, stairs and windows to create the illusion of privacy and space in this tall, narrow urban home.

Published in News
Thursday, 10 January 2013 10:59

Icon 116: Japan

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.

Published in NEWS
Thursday, 01 March 2012 15:57

Metabolism, the City of the Future

A tale of postwar visionaries has a lot to say to post-earthquake Japan, says Julian Worrall.

Published in Review
Thursday, 01 March 2012 15:23

Six of the Best: Julian Worrall

What were the cultural highlights of 2011? Icon asks nine international critics, curators and experts to select their half-dozen stand-out moments in architecture, design and art.

Published in Features
Thursday, 02 February 2012 00:00

Profile: Iwan Baan

Iwan Baan is a global nomad, restlessly travelling the world documenting new projects by the world’s most distinguished architects. Last year, he clocked up 190,000 air miles shooting projects by Herzog & de Meuron, OMA and Steven Holl, among others. Here are the stories behind Baan’s best shots of 2011.

Published in GALLERY
Friday, 19 August 2011 11:48

In Between House by Koji Tsutsui

Koji Tsutsui’s mountainside retreat is a flexible arrangement of larch-clad rooms “plugged in” to a winding internal alleyway.

Published in News
Thursday, 18 August 2011 11:25

Rainbow Bank by Emmanuelle Moureaux

The facade of Emmanuelle Moureaux’s design for a Tokyo bank layers planes of colour to draw the eye up from a nondescript suburban street.

Published in News
Wednesday, 17 August 2011 16:40

Tokyo after the quake

The earthquake on 11 March revealed how easily the fragile networks of buildings, communications and people that make up the modern city can be pulled apart. Now, in the Japanese capital, ghostly symbols warn of electricity shortages and the street lights and neon signs seldom come on.

Published in Features
Thursday, 11 August 2011 11:09

Marc Jacobs in Tokyo

A flagship store by Jaklitsch/Gardner Architects is the first building to be designed specifically for the fashion label.

Published in News
Thursday, 11 August 2011 10:18

SN House by Atelier A5

Tokyo practice Atelier A5 has taken a pragmatic approach to the city’s restrictive building codes with a ziggurat-style family home that reclaims every available inch of space for the private realm.

Published in News
Tuesday, 09 August 2011 17:06

Konusho T-House by StudioGreenBlue

Inspired by fog, StudioGreenBlue’s family home in a Tokyo suburb uses perforated metal screens to create varying degrees of privacy and visibility.

Published in News
Wednesday, 14 July 2010 16:39

Sou Fujimoto's Tokyo Apartment

It is hard to imagine a more literal image of high density dwelling than this, the Tokyo Apartment–Sou Fujimoto’s latest building.

Published in Features
Friday, 04 June 2010 07:00

Issue 085 out now

There's a whole heap of good things in the July icon, issue 085, now in shops - and top of the pile is Sou Fujimoto’s stacked up houses in Tokyo.

Published in NEWS
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