In the first half of the twentieth century, changes in technology and society led to the birth of a vision of an urban utopian that could be achieved through modernist design

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Monday, 30 March 2020 08:26

The Barcelona Chair: A modernist classic

The Barcelona Chair is one of the most recognisable and iconic designs of the last century. Still frequently used in interiors, the chair epitomises elegance, and embodies its creator Mies van der Rohe's famous maxim 'less is more.'

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Saturday, 07 March 2020 08:40

Neue Nationalgalerie by Mies van der Rohe

It was in Berlin that Ludwig Mies van der Rohe began and ended his career.

Barcelona may be best known for the distinctive modernismo of Antoni Gaudí, but it abounds with architectural marvels from Catalan gothic churches to high-tech towers.

Published in Buildings

The Barcelona Pavilion was a hugely significant temporary structure that forms part of the early modernist canon of architecture

Published in Buildings

German-American architect Mies van der Rohe is considered to be one of the pioneers of the modernist movement, devising in a paper sketch the world’s first glass skyscraper and practically inventing open-plan spaces. 

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One hundred years after the design movement began, the new Bauhaus Museum in Weimar is just one of multiple tributes reassessing the school's historic legacy
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It is the only chair that can truly claim to have changed the world. Elizabeth Guffey asks why it's rarely included in the design canon

Published in Icon of the Month

The latest addition to Houston's Menil campus has the horizon-hugging horizontality of a Mies. How does it fit within the city's Alphaville streetscapes?

Published in Features
Friday, 07 July 2017 10:25

Long live the starchitect!

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

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Architectural giants, developers and heritage bodies were left bloodied and battered by the battle of Mansion House Square. The RIBA does well to stay above the fray and let its fascinating exhibits tell the story, writes John Jervis

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Curator Marie Bak Mortensen discusses the two proposals for the Mansion House site in the City of London, and what the designs revealed about the architectural climate of their times

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Featured on the cover of Icon's current issue, the Spanish architect's concert hall in Poland has won the Mies van der Rohe award for European contemporary architecture. John Jervis visited the building last month

Published in Comment
Thursday, 07 May 2015 01:00

Mies van der Rohe prize shortlist

The winnner of €60,000 award for European architecture will be announced tomorrow at the Mies van der Rohe Pavilion in Barcelona. Here are the five practices and projects in the running – including the Szezecin Philharmonic, which is featured on the cover of our current issue, Poland

Published in News
Monday, 20 October 2014 13:17

Archiwindow by Federico Babina

Le Corbusier, Zaha Hadid and Norman Foster are among the architects featured as silhouettes in the graphic designer's latest illustrations

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The Dutch architect’s latest building in Switzerland, a headquarters for an insurance firm, pays homage to Mies van der Rohe, says Douglas Murphy

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The recipient of this year’s Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement at the Venice Biennale tells Christopher Turner about her influential career and why she thinks architecture is at an extraordinary moment

Published in Features
Thursday, 13 February 2014 17:45

5 Most Wanted: Patrik Schumacher

Patrik Schumacher tells Icon what he covets: from the Barcelona Pavilion to a model by Frei Otto …

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Amid the showiness of contemporary high-profile architecture, this Ghent-based practice stands out for its thoughtful, sensitive and reticent approach to existing buildings and its original designs

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