The 19th-century fascination with ruins was more than romantic affectation. It reflected a growing awareness of the fraught relationship between nature and technology – an anxiety that would soon find expression in the glass and iron palaces of the industrial age
Hal Foster turns a spotlight on famous buildings, but pays no heed to their contexts, says Kieran Long.
Zaha Hadid Architects has completed a sinuous, fluid office building in the south of France which attempts to alter our expectations of towers.
With less than a year to go before the 2012 Olympics in London, how is the park shaping up – and what difference will the multi-billion-pound project make after the athletes leave? Kieran Long looks at what it tells about how the British make cities.
“Icon” is not a word to be used lightly on these pages but, on the occasion of our hundredth issue, somehow it seemed appropriate
We celebrate 100 issues of Icon with an exploding cake by Blanch & Shock and birthday cards from eight years of cover stars. Plus we go behind the scenes at OMA, who also designed our cover, explore the architecture of the London Olympics, pick the best of this year’s design graduates and interview legendary artist Christo.
Hadid has parked the city’s vast collection of transport artefacts in a technically ingenious, column-free space under a striking zigzag roof .
Today, the space frame lurks quietly behind the skins of buildings by Frank Gehry and Zaha Hadid, as well as regional shopping centres, but in the 1960s it was central to architects’ visions of utopian megastructures and a future of unlimited expansion.
A sculptural installation of porcelain tiles and fluorescent lights transformed an 18th-century courtyard at the University of Milan during the furniture fair.
Artists, architects and designers – among them Zaha Hadid and Kiki & Joost – come to the Berengo Studio in the Venetian Lagoon to work with its glass masters, part of a project to restore art to the craft.
Zaha Hadid Architects’ opera house in Guangzhou is the product of a supreme technological effort. The practice explains the brainpower and computing prowess needed to capture the simplicity of two boulders washed up by the Pearl River.
The tallest tower in the world, designed by Information Based Architecture, opens in Guangzhou, China.
Odile Decq’s Rome gallery is a bold collage of interior spaces, but makes a quieter insertion into the city fabric than Hadid’s MAXXI.
Icon 092 is out now – join us for a trip into “digital worlds”, our theme for February. Leading the adventure is Zaha Hadid Architects:
Museums and schools dominate the shortlist for British architecture’s biggest honour, as David Chipperfield, Zaha Hadid, Rick Mather, DSDHA, dRMM and Theis and Khan square up.
This year’s Serpentine Gallery Pavilion, by French architect Jean Nouvel, was unveiled yesterday in London’s Hyde Park.
It’s all "me me me" at the Guggenheim, as the museum asks artists and architects how they might fill the emptiness in its heart. Mimi Zeiger takes a look.