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

Published in GALLERY
Thursday, 01 August 2013 01:00

Future 50: Akihisa Hirata

Icon asked a dozen experts and practitioners to nominate the people they think are, in some way, shaping the future. The resulting list of global talent is a snapshot that shows how young designers and architects are pushing the boundaries of their disciplines and trying to change the world

Published in Features
Wednesday, 06 March 2013 15:26

Profile: reconstructing post-disaster Japan

Two years have passed since Japan was hit by a tsunami. Since then, architects and designers have volunteered their skills and expertise to help rebuild communities and make plans for the future.

Published in Features
Thursday, 10 January 2013 10:59

Icon 116: Japan

Icon 116 is devoted to Japan. Nearly two years after the earthquake and tsunami that devastated the north of the country in March 2011, we revisit the disaster areas where architects and designers, including Toyo Ito’s KISYN group, are now helping to rebuild local communities. On the cover is Kengo Kuma, the master of “deceptive minimalism”, and we also talk to rising stars Takram Design Engineering.

Published in NEWS
Thursday, 02 February 2012 00:00

Profile: Iwan Baan

Iwan Baan is a global nomad, restlessly travelling the world documenting new projects by the world’s most distinguished architects. Last year, he clocked up 190,000 air miles shooting projects by Herzog & de Meuron, OMA and Steven Holl, among others. Here are the stories behind Baan’s best shots of 2011.

Published in GALLERY
Monday, 17 October 2011 10:37

Omishima museum by Toyo Ito

The architect Toyo Ito’s gallery for his own work on the Japanese island of Omishima is poignant, mysterious and far from self-aggrandising.

Published in News
Wednesday, 07 July 2010 07:19

Serpentine Pavilion by Jean Nouvel

This year’s Serpentine Gallery Pavilion, by French architect Jean Nouvel, was unveiled yesterday in London’s Hyde Park.

Published in News
Friday, 08 January 2010 10:50

First Works

The AA brings together the debuts of the starchitects – can it offer any pointers to today’s young practices? Geoff Shearcroft looks for tips.

Published in Review
Tuesday, 18 August 2009 10:39

Toyo Ito's Theatre

A sculpted chunk of intergalactic obsidian that has dropped into the suburbs of Tokyo, Za-Koenji Public Theatre in Suginami is Toyo Ito's latest creation.

Published in ICON 074 | August 2009
Wednesday, 22 August 2007 12:18

Vaults, Arches, Arcs | icon 049 | July 2007

Vaults, arches, arcs and smoothly poured concrete are the signature elements of Toyo Ito's new library on the main campus of Tama Art University in Hachioji City, west of Tokyo.

Published in ICON 049 | July 2007

A major new show of recent work by Japanese architect Toyo Ito (interview, icon 032) has opened at the Tokyo Opera City Art Gallery.

Toyo Ito has created an elegant pavilion for the dead in Japan.

Japanese parks are surrealistic landscapes of good intentions.

Published in ICON 038 | August 2006
Saturday, 24 March 2007 08:49

Toyo Ito | icon 032 | February 2006

I've returned to the real world, says Toyo Ito. Or he might have said: "I can now look more towards the real world." Or perhaps: "I now focus more on the real world than the virtual world."

Friday, 23 March 2007 08:10

Tod's Building | icon 021 | March 2005

Toyo Ito’s contribution to the fashionable boulevard of Omotesando in Tokyo (featured under construction in icon 019) is complete.

Published in ICON 021 | March 2005

On Omotesando-dori, architecture and consumption come together like nowhere else on earth. Along this tree-lined avenue, and in the backstreets of the Aoyama district that it bisects, are dozens of contemporary palazzi, built not by wealthy, cultured citizens, but by global fashion houses. Oxford Street, the Champs Elysées and Madison Avenue look tired by comparison.

If this is the state of the art, then it is a dispiriting picture. If there is one thing revealing about the sprawling, relentless exhibition that is the 2004 Venice architecture biennale, it is that a new architectural orthodoxy has emerged with such speed that it has exhausted itself within a few years of its inception.

Wednesday, 21 March 2007 08:41

Shigeru Ban | icon 001 | April 2003

When Shigeru Ban decided to construct the dome of a new gymnasium in Japan from plywood, he saw it simply as a continuation of his search for efficiency. But his structural engineer wasn't quite so confident.

Published in ICON 001 | April 2003