Wednesday, 29 February 2012 11:17


A rollercoaster ride through three decades of cynicism exposes the crassness of an era best left behind, says William Wiles.

Published in Review
Tuesday, 28 February 2012 09:58


For decades artist Chris Foss has been imagining the spaceships of tomorrow, says William Wiles.

Published in Review
Monday, 27 February 2012 14:59

Firstsite by Rafael Viñoly

Rafael Viñoly’s banana-shaped arts centre in Colchester shelters a number of creative organisations – with very mixed results.

Published in News
Monday, 27 February 2012 12:31

Marlowe Theatre by Keith Williams Architects

Keith Williams’ new home for this Canterbury theatre combines civic dignity with a few touches of appropriately theatrical flair.

Published in News

The Turner-prize nominated sculptor is inspired by classic pieces of modernist furniture and reinterprets them to make “places, not things”.

Published in News
Wednesday, 12 October 2011 11:27

Pedro Gadanho's Colourful House

The Portuguese architect uses bright colours in this refurbished townhouse to highlight his interventions. Just don’t call the results “striking”.

Published in News
Friday, 30 September 2011 12:53

Inside OMA

There is no practice on the planet quite like Rem Koolhaas’ OMA

Published in Features
Thursday, 29 September 2011 15:51

Icon Magazine

“Icon” is not a word to be used lightly on these pages but, on the occasion of our hundredth issue, somehow it seemed appropriate

Published in Icon of the Month
Tuesday, 23 August 2011 11:06

Peter Zumthor: Serpentine Pavilion 2011

With a hidden garden of wild flowers at its heart, this year’s design is a call for architects to reassess the relationship of building and garden.

Published in News
Friday, 19 August 2011 15:15

BERG's smart technology

Design practice BERG has adopted science fiction authors William Gibson, Bruce Sterling and Warren Ellis as its “giant uncles”, but it is less interested in the distant future than in today’s ever smarter technology. The really hard task, they say, is “inventing next year”.

Published in Features
Friday, 19 August 2011 14:06

Belgrade Design Week

William Wiles finds that Serbia’s creative industries give reason to be hopeful as tensions run high after the arrest of Ratko Mladic.

Published in Review
Friday, 19 August 2011 10:31

Selfdiscipline by Nika Zupanc

The Slovenian designer’s range of furniture may have overtones of luxury but it is intended to make you work.

Published in News
Friday, 19 August 2011 09:59

Zaha in Glasgow

Hadid has parked the city’s vast collection of transport artefacts in a technically ingenious, column-free space under a striking zigzag roof .

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

David Chipperfield’s second major UK gallery in as many months sits in the river Calder like a fortress, but is a modest and thoughtful building.

Published in News
Thursday, 18 August 2011 09:18

The New Psychedelica

William Wiles is disturbed and impressed by a show that frees the ideology of hallucination from its tie-dye chains.

Published in Review
Wednesday, 17 August 2011 16:46

David Chipperfield's Turner Contemporary

David Chipperfield’s ice-cool Turner Contemporary is a symbol of calm and order, quietly resisting the pounding waves of the North Sea and drawing in the light from Margate’s stormy skies. Which is a small miracle, given the troubled history of the project.

Published in Features
Wednesday, 17 August 2011 15:40

Corby Cube by Hawkins Brown

Hawkins Brown’s Northamptonshire town hall and arts centre is defiantly not an “icon” – its design is all about its Tardis-like interior.

Published in News

E Roon Kang and Richard The’s new branding for the institute is based on an algorithm that can randomly generate more than 40,000 variations.

Published in News
Tuesday, 16 August 2011 14:35

Civil Unrest

William Wiles finds a dinner-based exploration of protests and policing hard to swallow (unlike the dreamy dessert).

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