From plywood to crowdfunding, they're being hailed as the next big thing – but how long will that fuzzy feeling last?

Published in Comment
Wednesday, 18 November 2015 00:00

Atelier Albania – or how to redesign a country

An unlikely government agency, involving a Belgian design studio and a Rotterdam research institute, is hoping to restore order to Tirana after decades of architectural anarchy

Published in GALLERY
Friday, 06 November 2015 00:00

20 design words you should never use

From “artisanal” and “timeless” to, erm, "iconic", these words are the most slippery and overused in the design industry. Of course, we haven’t used any of them in our latest issue ...

Published in Comment
Thursday, 05 November 2015 00:00

Amsterdam North

Serious money is moving into the city’s old shipyards, now one of Europe’s most vibrant creative quarters. For ICON 150, Enya Moore went to find out whether the area's rapid transformations means the designers will eventually be moving out. These photos, by Raoul Kramer, accompany the article

Published in GALLERY
Wednesday, 04 November 2015 00:00

ICON 150: New mission, new attitude!

On the occasion of our 150th issue, we have totally rethought the content and design of the magazine. The new Icon is all about the objects and architecture of everyday life – whether innovative tech and fashion, or cities pushing up beautiful skylines. Take a look inside...

Published in Comment

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

Published in Features
Thursday, 29 October 2015 00:00

London vernacular: A capital offence

A new London vernacular has emerged over the past five years – but is the moral laziness it represents an omen for the city’s future?

Published in Features
Thursday, 29 October 2015 00:00

The architecture of Spectre

The absence of a “Bond Villain’s Lair” aesthetic in Spectre, the latest instalment in the James Bond franchise, reveals the disconcerting state of London's corporate architecture, says Edwin Heathcore.

Published in Comment
Friday, 16 October 2015 00:00

Shinjuku temple, Tokyo

The hostess bars of Tokyo’s hedonistic Shinjuku district have an unlikely neighbour: Amorphe’s vast, futuristic Buddhist temple

Published in News
Friday, 16 October 2015 00:00

Garage Museum by OMA

Rem Koolhaas mixes preservation and provocation in Moscow, turning a Soviet-era workers’ canteen into a contemporary art space, says Edwin Heathcote

Published in News
Friday, 09 October 2015 01:00

The lasting appeal of modernist Essex

In the Home issue, 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

Published in News
Monday, 05 October 2015 00:00

Chicago Architecture Biennial

Democratic, inclusive and grounded, Chicago’s inaugural architecture biennial distinguishes itself from its more established counterparts through its ambition to make a lasting contribution to the host city, says David Michon

Published in Review

The worlds of art and architecture exist in a constant state of mutual jealousy. As the Turner prize exhibition opens, we consider whether the nomination of architectural collective Assemble for this year’s award is likely to bring them any closer together

Published in Features
Thursday, 01 October 2015 00:00

Icon 149: Home

“Home” is a hard concept to pin down in design terms, but in our new issue – available now – we try to do just that, looking at Barbara Bestor’s Dutch woonerf in LA, modernist villages in Essex and the details that bring a house to life

Published in Comment
Thursday, 13 August 2015 00:00

Snøhetta's Kristallwelten

The Norwegian architect gets in touch with its inner child to create a six-storey glass playground at Swarovski’s curious Alpine tourist attraction

Published in News
Thursday, 13 August 2015 00:00

Milan: What's it all for?

Most nations ignored the organisers’ brief for Milan Expo. But then, the vision of a “global botanical garden”, all under one roof, ignored the competitive spirit that has underpinned Expos for the past 160 years. It is time, at the very least, for a fundamental rethink, argues Tim Abrahams

Published in Features

The Art Institute of Chicago
19 September 2015 – 3 January 2016

Published in Diary
Wednesday, 22 July 2015 00:00

Villa Além, Portugal, by Valerio Olgiati

A 50m-long courtyard surrounded by monolithic concrete walls creates an air of mystery around Valerio Olgiati’s retreat in rural Portugal

Published in News
Wednesday, 22 July 2015 00:00

Making Africa

By avoiding “African issues”, Vitra’s pair of exhibitions present a far more compelling portrait of a multi-faceted, multi-vocal continent, writes Debika Ray

Published in Review
Wednesday, 22 July 2015 00:00

Havana: Autos and Architecture

The Cuban capital, as captured by photographer Nigel Young, is a curious slice of classic America spared capitalism’s built-in obsolescence, writes Owen Hatherley

Published in Review
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