The Barbican Estate has topped the list of Britain’s ugliest buildings several times, yet the unique Brutalist complex is undoubtedly one of London’s most iconic structures

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Wednesday, 25 March 2020 10:00

Zaha Hadid’s London Aquatic Centre

Built for the 2012 London Olympics, Zaha Hadid’s London Aquatic Centre has an undulating roof that dips down like a wave

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Ernö Goldfinger’s high-rise residential block in Poplar, East London was designed as a solution to London’s post-war housing problems 

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Over a decade after designing the Tate Modern, Herzog & de Meruon completed the Blavantnik Building – a brick extension that doubles the museum's exhibition space

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The post-war architectural style, characterised by block-like forms usually cast in raw concrete or brick, defined an era of architecture in Britain 

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There's not much to fault Glenn Howells Architects, the designers of the new English National Ballet building on London's City Island. But its prominent site should have been given over to a true community hub.

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Wednesday, 04 March 2020 11:00

10 buildings by Norman Foster

Here's a look at 10 of the most recognisable buildings by Norman Foster, widely recognised as one of the leading architects in Britain

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Thomas Heatherwick’s love-hate relationship with the British press has taken a bitter turn of late. But, with a host of landmark projects about to be launched across the world, he is no mood to take a step back. For Icon 173, James McLachlan caught up with the multifaceted artist, architect and designer.

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The £13m redesign will see the museum, the largest of its type in the world, closed for 2 years for a wholescale rearrangement

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Surrounded by a Piet Oudolf garden, the London-based designer's new building is one of the most sensitive, meticulously-refined centres commissioned by Maggie's yet.

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A 'fast track for beauty' proposed by the Beauty Commission is troubling – but a focus on community is worth celebrating. It's time for practical, nationwide action to make the built environment work for everyone, says Public Practice

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Art, architecture and engineering merged to create a minimal “ribbon of steel” that bridges the two banks of the Thames by London’s St Paul’s Cathedral

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One of South Korea's biggest bands is part of a new art project that has the potential to create a new harmony between art and pop

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The designer tells Icon how she used bold colours and biophilia to enliven a new public space at Broadgate

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In the modern city, God is found in the most unlikely places, from warehouses to bingo halls. These new religious buildings add fascinating layers to the urban experience

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Monday, 09 December 2019 12:36

What went wrong with Covent Garden?

The Covent Garden we know today is the direct result of successful community activism. So how did it become so horrible?

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The Covent Garden we know today is the direct result of successful community activism. So why is it so horrible, wonders Owen Hatherley
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This year's Gingerbread City launched at Somerset House with the usual competition – and a big reveal for 2020

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As the festive season gets into full swing, we pick out a selection of the best design-led installations around the capital

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Separate entrances for low-income residents have become a potent symbol of London’s social apartheid, writes Priya Khanchandani

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Multiple reports have warned of the loss of creative subjects in school curriculums – meet the people working to keep design education alive

Multiple reports have warned of the loss of creative subjects in school curriculums and the potential impact on the UK's economy
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