Now open to the public, architect Konstantin Melnikov’s Moscow home was at the heart of a bitter ownership dispute that pitted its use as a residence against its value as a cultural artefact, says Charles Holland
A mash-up of architecture debate and comedy panel show proved a refreshing format, though the audience was slow to get in the spirit, reports Peter Smisek from one of a series of events taking place in London
Beyond the A13, the staid seaside towns and the flat, muddy fields of its heartland lies an alternative Essex – an unlikely hotbed of radical modernism, writes Charles Holland
In our latest issue, Home, Charles Holland took a trip down memory lane to rediscover a series of modernist gems in villages around Essex. We asked Catherine Hyland to take some photographs to accompany the article – see them here and follow @iconeye on Instagram for more
Spanning a river was once an exercise in elegance and beauty, but today’s bridges express nothing but their own structural virtuosity. Bridge design, it seems, has become the prog rock of architecture, says Charles Holland
Charles Holland enjoys a Pynchonesque novel set in the world of branding and “corporate anthropology” – with a suspiciously Koolhaas-like main character
Featured in our upcoming Leisure issue, the artist’s flamboyant structure in Essex, completed this month, was inspired by the stacked forms of Norwegian stave churches
The history of London Zoo's architecture is a record of our changing attitudes to nature and animal welfare, as grand aesthetic statements have been replaced by unobtrusive habitats that create the illusion of freedom and authenticity, says Charles Holland
Our new issue, out on 8 January, features Bernard Tschumi's updated Parc Zoologique de Paris, Bjarke Ingels's human zoo and Charles Holland's musings on modernism at London Zoo
Britain's recent past is illuminated by a survey of some of its bleakest rural buildings, finds Charles Holland
Less an architect, more a stage manager of buildings and gardens, Kent’s mastery of artifice defined an age, writes Charles Holland
Charles Holland enjoys a witty take on the eternal Lego question – is it better to ignore the instructions?
Charles Holland on why we should remember the brilliant, melancholy critic with unpredictable enthusiasms
The contradictions that run through the Royal Academy’s retrospective sum up the architect perfectly, says Charles Holland.
An encyclopaedic film reveals the key supporting role that the architectural model plays in cinema, says Charles Holland.
A collection of essays and film scripts by the critic, novelist and documentary maker leads Charles Holland to test the truth of the saying, “the style is the man”.
The fantastical, but true, tale of a bridge's journey across the Atlantic reminds us of the strength of symbolism, says Charles Holland
The sleek mahogany yachts made by Italian boatyard Riva in its 1950s and 60s heyday are a high watermark in the relationship between art and luxury. But the world of ostentatious status symbols continues to court that of high culture – and vice versa. Charles Holland made a visit to Riva's base for Icon's August issue.
A retrospective of the artist’s work highlights the tension between the agony of loss and the futility of marking it, says Charles Holland.