Wednesday, 04 February 2015 11:53

Cathedrals of Culture

Wim Wenders lets the architecture do the talking in his latest series of documentaries about landmark buildings. It's just a shame the buildings don't have a better script, says Isabel Stevens

Published in Review
Thursday, 04 September 2014 11:21

Icon 136: Museums

Our October issue, available from 5 September, looks at the V&A's mannequins, Tate Britain's robots, Rogers' British Museum extension and the politics of designing the 9/11 museum exhibits

Published in Comment
Thursday, 17 July 2014 12:48

Stirling prize 2014: Nominees

The RIBA has announced the shortlist for the annual architecture awards. Here are the six buildings in the running

Published in GALLERY
Thursday, 04 April 2013 13:09

The Shard by Renzo Piano

London’s newest attraction – the 244m-high viewing platform of Renzo Piano’s Shard, western Europe’s tallest building – opened to the public in February. Is it worth climbing up this very tall building just to look back down to where you came from? And are buildings like these more about the view than the architecture?

Published in Features
Friday, 01 February 2013 13:10

Icon 117: Skyscrapers

In this issue Icon talks to Adrian Smith, chief architect of Dubai’s Burj Khalifa, the tallest building in the world. Smith has been designing skyscrapers for 44 years and is working on an even taller tower in Saudi Arabia. Winy Maas of MVRDV tells us about his pixel towers project, and we take in the view from Renzo Piano’s Shard in London. Plus: the latest Scandinavian designs in this month’s design report.

Published in NEWS
Tuesday, 29 January 2013 12:57

Astrup Fearnley Museet by Renzo Piano

Renzo Piano’s art complex on Oslo’s waterfront is suitably monumental on the outside, but strangely sterile within.

Published in News
Tuesday, 28 February 2012 09:14

The Art-Architecture Complex

Hal Foster turns a spotlight on famous buildings, but pays no heed to their contexts, says Kieran Long.

Published in Review
Thursday, 29 September 2011 16:34

High Line, Section 2

The ten-block extension to James Corner’s New York rooftop garden takes in breathtaking views and an ever-changing variety of tropical greenery.

Published in News
Thursday, 18 August 2011 16:17

London towers

London has two new skyscrapers: the Heron Tower, the tallest building in the City, and the Shard, the tallest building in the EU. We took sculptor Richard Wentworth to appraise them as additions to the street scene – and peek at OMA’s super-discreet bank HQ along the way.

Published in Features
Thursday, 18 August 2011 15:23

Franco Albini's Veliero

Cassina has recreated a 1940s bookcase by the celebrated neo-rationalist designer, solving the structural problems of 
an influential but precarious prototype.

Published in News
Monday, 21 December 2009 13:50

Zaha Hadid's Maxxi

Is speed an essential quality of the 21st-century museum? If the architect’s job is to oil the wheels of the culture industry, then perhaps it is. With Tate Modern getting 4 million visitors a year, you need to drive the culture-hungry through the pens quickly. But the museum is not traditionally a place of swift passage, it’s one of thoughtful wandering and edifying pauses

Published in Features
Tuesday, 15 December 2009 16:51

The Thinking Hand

Part treatise, part memoir, part moan, this latest book from the doyen of Finnish architecture makes a case for craft, touch and memory, says Tom Emerson.

Published in Review
Friday, 14 August 2009 07:50

Renzo Piano

The architect that every American museum has on speed-dial has just ticked off another city with the extension to the Art Institute of Chicago.

Published in ICON 073 | July 2009
Monday, 18 May 2009 11:51

The Modern Wing by Renzo Piano

Renzo Piano's Modern Wing extension for the Art Institute Chicago opened to the public on Saturday. Piano says that civic pride made the building a reality and the turnout would support that: 25,000 people walked through its doors on the first day.

Published in NEWS
Thursday, 16 October 2008 11:21

The California Academy of Sciences

A living roof covers the headquarters of the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco, designed by the Genoa-based Renzo Piano Building Workshop in collaboration with local practice Stantec Architecture (formerly Chong Partners Architecture).

Published in ICON 060 | June 2008

Marco Goldschmied, erstwhile partner of Richard Rogers, once told me a story about taking a cab from the airport to Beaubourg in the centre of Paris. When he told the driver that he was one of the architects responsible for the Centre Pompidou, the cabbie abruptly stopped and told him to get out and walk.

Published in ICON 045 | March 2007

This is Renzo Piano's worst building. The master Italian architect has succumbed to empty monumentalism, in the least likely of projects in the least likely of places.