Friday, 05 February 2016 00:00

When architecture becomes art

Now open to the public, architect Konstantin Melnikov’s Moscow home was at the heart of a bitter ownership dispute that pitted its use as a residence against its value as a cultural artefact, says Charles Holland

Published in Comment
Wednesday, 03 February 2016 00:00

Turncoats: Ornament is Crime is Crime

A mash-up of architecture debate and comedy panel show proved a refreshing format, though the audience was slow to get in the spirit, reports Peter Smisek from one of a series of events taking place in London

Published in Review

Beyond the A13, the staid seaside towns and the flat, muddy fields of its heartland lies an alternative Essex – an unlikely hotbed of radical modernism, writes Charles Holland

Published in Features
Friday, 09 October 2015 01:00

The lasting appeal of modernist Essex

In our latest issue, Home, Charles Holland took a trip down memory lane to rediscover a series of modernist gems in villages around Essex. We asked Catherine Hyland to take some photographs to accompany the article – see them here and follow @iconeye on Instagram for more

Published in News
Tuesday, 30 June 2015 00:00

The trouble with bridges

Spanning a river was once an exercise in elegance and beauty, but today’s bridges express nothing but their own structural virtuosity. Bridge design, it seems, has become the prog rock of architecture, says Charles Holland

Published in Crimes Against Design
Wednesday, 10 June 2015 00:00

Satin Island by Tom McCarthy

Charles Holland enjoys a Pynchonesque novel set in the world of branding and “corporate anthropology” – with a suspiciously Koolhaas-like main character

Published in Review
Thursday, 28 May 2015 11:00

Grayson Perry's sketchbook

Featured in our upcoming Leisure issue, the artist’s flamboyant structure in Essex, completed this month, was inspired by the stacked forms of Norwegian stave churches

Published in News
Wednesday, 29 April 2015 10:48

The architecture of London Zoo

The history of London Zoo's architecture is a record of our changing attitudes to nature and animal welfare, as grand aesthetic statements have been replaced by unobtrusive habitats that create the illusion of freedom and authenticity, says Charles Holland

Published in Features
Thursday, 08 January 2015 00:00

Icon 140: Zoos

Our new issue, out on 8 January, features Bernard Tschumi's updated Parc Zoologique de Paris, Bjarke Ingels's human zoo and Charles Holland's musings on modernism at London Zoo

Published in Comment
Monday, 29 September 2014 16:06

Slacklands by Corinna Dean

Britain's recent past is illuminated by a survey of some of its bleakest rural buildings, finds Charles Holland

Published in Review

Less an architect, more a stage manager of buildings and gardens, Kent’s mastery of artifice defined an age, writes Charles Holland

Published in Review
Monday, 19 May 2014 11:28

The Lego Movie

Charles Holland enjoys a witty take on the eternal Lego question – is it better to ignore the instructions?

Published in Review
Thursday, 20 February 2014 00:00

Ian Nairn: Words in Place

Charles Holland on why we should remember the brilliant, melancholy critic with unpredictable enthusiasms

Published in Review
Wednesday, 09 October 2013 12:13

Richard Rogers RA – Inside out

The contradictions that run through the Royal Academy’s retrospective sum up the architect perfectly, says Charles Holland.

Published in Review
Thursday, 04 July 2013 12:00

Mock-ups in Close-up

An encyclopaedic film reveals the key supporting role that the architectural model plays in cinema, says Charles Holland.

Published in Review
Friday, 22 March 2013 10:39

Jonathan Meades - Museum without walls

A collection of essays and film scripts by the critic, novelist and documentary maker leads Charles Holland to test the truth of the saying, “the style is the man”.

Published in Review
Friday, 01 March 2013 00:00

London Bridge in America

The fantastical, but true, tale of a bridge's journey across the Atlantic reminds us of the strength of symbolism, says Charles Holland

Published in Review
Thursday, 26 July 2012 12:56

Riva Boats: Showboating

The sleek mahogany yachts made by Italian boatyard Riva in its 1950s and 60s heyday are a high watermark in the relationship between art and luxury. But the world of ostentatious status symbols continues to court that of high culture – and vice versa. Charles Holland made a visit to Riva's base for Icon's August issue.

Published in Features
Thursday, 01 March 2012 16:05

Gerhard Richter

A retrospective of the artist’s work highlights the tension between the agony of loss and the futility of marking it, says Charles Holland.

Published in Review
Friday, 19 August 2011 14:21

Pablo Bronstein

Charles Holland finds the ICA transformed into a Regency grand salon for an exhibition that explores the links between two ages of pastiche and populism.

Published in Review
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