This year’s event in Cape Town again successfully melded together design superstars with emerging practitioners, but its growing global reputation holds risks as well as opportunities, says John Jervis

Published in Review
Thursday, 12 May 2016 11:59

MVRDV's Roskilde rock museum

The flashy exterior of Denmark's Ragnarock is offset by a light-touch renovation of its surroundings, writes Peter Smisek

Published in Features
Monday, 26 January 2015 12:55

Cleaning Markthal

MVDRV responds to an Icon reader's questions about living in and cleaning its building in Rotterdam

Published in Comment
Friday, 23 January 2015 09:15

23 January: This week’s most read

Gehry, Nouvel, Viñoly's, MVRDV and Sérgio Bernardes held your attention this week

Published in Comment
Friday, 16 January 2015 13:48

16 January: This week’s most read

MVRDV's grand gesture in Rotterdam, architects' role in the war and Owen Hatherley's angle on the Walkie-Talkie caused a buzz among Icon readers this week

Published in Comment
Thursday, 15 January 2015 10:57

MVRDV’s Markthal

Ten years in the making, MVRDV's grand gesture in its home city wraps a grey slab of housing around a tasty filling

Published in News
Wednesday, 26 November 2014 03:00

2014 Icon Awards shortlist: Interior of the Year

Amsterdam's Rijksmuseum by Cruz y Ortiz was last year's Interior of the Year. Find out this year's nominees

Published in News
Wednesday, 22 October 2014 11:10

Icon Awards 2014: shortlist revealed

The judges have announced the nominees for this year's awards. Click here for the full list and details of the awards ceremony on 4 December

Published in News
Monday, 25 March 2013 15:08

Pixel prophet: MVRDV's Winy Maas

Winy Maas, a founder of Dutch firm MVRDV, believes in the kind of high-density urban living only skyscrapers can provide. He talks to Icon about his love of ”intensity architecture” and explains how the pixel will help architects reconcile individuals to collective living

Published in Features
Thursday, 07 March 2013 11:31

Icon 118: 3D Printing

Affordable 3D printers are bringing fantasies of home production closer to fulfilment, but the objects produced on them so far have been of relatively poor quality. In this issue, however, we look into the future at the possibilities rapid prototyping might offer – from cities that replicate themselves, to the “biologically inspired” designs our cover star Neri Oxman is creating at MIT.

Published in NEWS
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, 09 August 2011 16:43

The Shingle House by NORD

NORD Architecture builds a house for Alain de Botton’s Living Architecture project in the nuclear landscape of Dungeness. It’s the best yet of this series of modernist holiday homes.

Published in News
Friday, 05 August 2011 11:22

Living Architecture

Part holiday home, part missionary outpost, the Balancing Barn perches on a ridge in Suffolk like the cliffhanger finale of The Italian Job re-enacted with an extra-long Gulfstream trailer.

Published in Features
Friday, 08 October 2010 08:16

Issue 089 out now

The November issue of icon is on sale now. Issey Miyake graces the front cover, while inside we visit BIG’s 8 House, MVRDV’s Balancing Barn and critique the Venice Architecture Biennale.

Published in NEWS
Tuesday, 08 June 2010 20:20

Belgrade Design Week

Last week, some of the world's leading architects and designers gathered in Belgrade for three days of talks. Icon was there.

Published in News
Wednesday, 16 December 2009 15:36

MVRDV's Celosia Housing

MVRDV takes another stab at social housing in Madrid.

Published in Features
Friday, 14 August 2009 10:09

Urban Farming

Something unbelievable has happened: farming has become fashionable. But only if you're doing it in the middle of a city

Published in Features
Tuesday, 04 August 2009 09:57

MVRDV

MVRDV has completed this apartment building and children's centre in Westerdok, just north of the centre of Amsterdam.

Published in ICON 071 | May 2009
Cameron Sinclair compared Zaha Hadid to Robert Mugabe in a knockabout, entertaining debate at the Barbican just before the Easter weekend. We were there, and here’s what we saw.
Published in NEWS

Birdsong and a forest of plants greet you as you enter the Aktipis flower shop in Patras, Greece. Athens-based architect Point Supreme has brought the florist back to basics with its first project on home turf.

Published in NEWS
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