Thursday, 18 August 2011 15:54

The legacy of megastructures

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.

Published in Features
Tuesday, 16 August 2011 12:42

New York skyscraper by Gehry

Frank Gehry’s first skyscraper, the tallest residential tower in the western hemisphere, is being marketed as “New York by Gehry” and rubs shoulders with City Hall and the Woolworth Building. But how much does it connect with the city around it?

Published in Features
Thursday, 11 August 2011 11:04

Gehry in Miami

The architect’s latest concert hall is an uncharacteristically box-like but highly sophisticated multimedia centre.

Published in News
Thursday, 04 August 2011 15:59


“It’s interesting to straddle these different worlds,” says Benjamin Ball, referring to the intermediate space between architecture and sculpture that Los Angeles design studio Ball-Nogues’ work occupies.

Published in News
Wednesday, 08 June 2011 13:51

Centro Niemeyer by Oscar Niemeyer

This cultural centre by the 103-year-old Brazilian legend reprises some classic Niemeyer motifs – but can it thrive in a changed global climate?

Published in News
Thursday, 08 July 2010 14:40

The Hollywood Sign

When we think of cities we think of skylines, just as mappers in the Renaissance did when they drew bird’s eye views of towns dominated by church steeples.

Published in Icon of the Month
Friday, 23 April 2010 09:00

Hearts of the city

The collected works of Herbert Muschamp, the last heavyweight architecture critic, is exhilarating.

Published in Review
Wednesday, 16 December 2009 16:33

Reyner Banham

There’s no one like Reyner Banham today. Imagine a serious architecture critic writing a detailed analysis of crisps – their form, their packaging and the reasons why people assumed they weren’t fattening.

Published in Icon of the Month
Tuesday, 15 December 2009 10:29

The Aqua Tower

The Aqua Tower is an 82-storey mixed-use skyscraper in Chicago which opens next month.

Monday, 14 December 2009 11:58

SANAA's Summer Pavilion

SANAA’s Summer Pavilion next to the Serpentine Gallery in London is like a giant spill of quicksilver, spreading between the trees of Kensington Gardens.

Friday, 14 August 2009 14:43

OMA's The Prada Transformer

OMA's latest blockbuster is pretty modest by the standards of the last few years. In fact, it's a marquee.

Published in Features
Friday, 10 July 2009 13:25

Benedikt Taschen

Benedikt Taschen is going to sell the moon. Bits of it, anyway - later this year he'll be bringing out a book that includes fragments of lunar meteorite.

Wednesday, 01 July 2009 06:47

Venice Biennale 2008

Aaron Betsky's intriguing theme is wasted on the global architecture elite.

There is little doubt that Bilbao is famous - and this fame did not arise from the 17th-century maze of narrow streets and public squares that make up this small city in the Basque region of northern Spain.

Friday, 01 August 2008 08:55

Review: Serpentine Gallery Pavilion

It’s a sunny Thursday morning in Hyde Park and the joggers are out in force. I’m just about keeping up with the pensioners, pram-pushers and rambling tourists as I make my way towards the Serpentine Gallery to visit its annual summer pavilion.
Published in NEWS

A Spanish winery is home to a luxury, 43-bedroom hotel designed by Frank Gehry. The hotel comprises two buildings on the family-owned Marqués de Riscal estate, in the region of La Rioja in northern Spain.

The world has changed dramatically since the last great "ism" was codified almost a century ago. The social and economic conditions that inspired first artists, then architects and designers, to break with the past and propose a radical agenda for change now no longer exist in the West.

Published in ICON 035 | May 2006

Richard Serra has completed the world’s largest sculptural installation at the Guggenheim in Bilbao, and it forces us to see the building in an entirely new light.

Published in ICON 026 | August 2005

Frank Gehry has completed his building for the MARTa Art and Design Centre in Herford, Germany. Rather than stainless steel or titanium, it is made of more traditional brick.

Published in ICON 025 | July 2005
Thursday, 22 March 2007 10:50

Frank Gehry | icon 016 | October 2004

“Hey, that’s Frank Gehry.” Whispers and excitement spread through the crowd as a short, white-haired man in a black suit takes a stroll in downtown Chicago.

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