“Boldness is the fairest way to establish a dialogue with the massive forces of nature”, says the Chilean Pritzker-winner in an interview with Icon
Published in Features
Thursday, 15 February 2018 17:00

Preview: Design Indaba

As the Cape Town festival dedicated to alternative approaches nears, we pick out the speakers not to miss

Published in News
Friday, 07 July 2017 10:25

Long live the starchitect!

Peter Smisek on why this much-maligned group matters, and should continue to

Published in Comment
Thursday, 14 January 2016 00:00

5 Chilean designers you should know

Radical architect Alejandro Aravena of the Santiago-based practice Elemental this week scooped the prestigious Pritzker Prize. Here are a few of the other studios that make up the country’s thriving design scene

Published in Comment
Wednesday, 19 November 2014 00:00

Elemental: Centro Innovacion, Santiago

Chilean architect Alejandro Aravena's practice turns corporate design on its head by creating a business innovation lab with the windows on the inside

Published in News

Four flat pillars shoot towards the Mexican heavens, a small but majestic flash in their hazy valley.

Published in Features

Conversation between architect Alejandro Aravena, filmmaker Gary Hustwit, designer Christien Meindertsma and journalist Bruce Nussbaum, moderated by Justin McGuirk, during Design Indaba, Cape Town, 26 February 2010.

Published in Features
Thursday, 08 July 2010 08:47

The Milan Furniture Fair: Chairless

Chairless will be one of the talking points of Milan: it’s a chair with none of the attributes the word implies.

Published in News
Friday, 14 August 2009 15:08

Aravena in Austin

Austin, Texas is where Alejandro Aravena has completed his first major commission outside Chile.

Published in Features
Friday, 10 July 2009 15:36

Alejandro Aravena

How to revolutionise housing for the world's poor.
Thursday, 16 October 2008 11:02

Collecting architecture

There is a new breed of client who collects architecture like stamps. In Mongolia, Taiwan, South Africa and Brazil, private developers are commissioning big names and hot young practices by the dozen to build huge, diverse developments.

Published in ICON 060 | June 2008
Thursday, 07 August 2008 06:44

The 20 essential young architects

Is it just us or is the young architect a very different beast these days? For the first time, “young” actually means young, but “architect” may no longer mean architect. This is our list of the most significant rising practices. Like all list stories, you’ll disagree with some of it, but that’s half the fun.

Published in Architecture
Monday, 26 March 2007 04:48

Siamese Towers | icon 037 | July 2006

The "siamese towers" are actually just one building, designed by the young Chilean architect Alejandro Aravena for the Catholic University of Chile in Santiago.
Published in ICON 037 | July 2006