Friday, 18 March 2016 00:00

Has China radicalised the shopping mall?

Over the past 20 years, the mall has become a mainstay of east Asia’s explosive drive towards urbanisation. But architect Nicholas Jewell, author of a book about shopping malls in China, questions how much the typology has really changed

Published in Comment
Monday, 08 February 2016 00:00

Gothenburg Public Sauna

William Siesjö sweats it out in Raumlabor’s new project, a “bastu” inspired by the harbour’s industrial past – and a place to discuss its future

Published in News
Friday, 05 February 2016 00:00

When architecture becomes art

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

Published in Comment
Thursday, 04 February 2016 00:00

Vertical Itaim, São Paulo, by Marcio Kogan

An elegant residential tower in the central of the Brazilian city offers a much-needed model for smarter urban living in a city choked by traffic, sprawl and inflated prices, says Saul Taylor

Published in News

In the lead-up to Stockholm Furniture and Light Fair, we indulge in all things Scandi in our latest issue – examining everything from the enduring appeal of the region's furniture to the developers flying the flag for good design

Published in Comment
Friday, 29 January 2016 00:00

Harbin Opera House

Ma Yansong’s extraordinary cultural complex in the Chinese city emerges from the wetlands of the Songhua river like a coiled reptile, says Julian Worrall. And it only gets more life-like the closer you get ...

Published in Features
Friday, 22 January 2016 00:00

DAM Award for Architecture in Germany 2015

Deutches Architekturmuseum, Frankfurt
30 January – 8 May 2016

Published in Diary

The housing crisis is forcing people to live in ever more cramped conditions, but history teaches us that well-designed homes and public spaces are the bedrock of a civilised society

Published in Comment
Thursday, 21 January 2016 00:00

5 archi-cult hotels you should know

Planning your next holiday yet? Here is Icon’s selection of five great buildings where every architecture fanatic would surely want to rest their head, from an inn by Kengo Kuma to an art-lover’s paradise in Provençe

Published in Comment
Thursday, 14 January 2016 00:00

5 Chilean designers you should know

Radical architect Alejandro Aravena of the Santiago-based practice Elemental this week scooped the prestigious Pritzker Prize. Here are a few of the other studios that make up the country’s thriving design scene

Published in Comment
Friday, 08 January 2016 00:00

New issue – Icon 152: Ones to watch

Fresh from ringing in the new year, we’re looking ahead to what lies in store for 2016, presenting fresh faces making a mark on design and architecture, as well as established names who seem to be hitting new highs

Published in Comment
Tuesday, 22 December 2015 00:00

Shenzhen Biennale

The architecture and urbanism festival calls for an end to the relentless churn of construction and challenges our thinking about city-making, but does it offer solutions for the future of its host city, asks Debika Ray?

Published in Review
Wednesday, 09 December 2015 00:00

Turner Prize: A poisoned chalice for Assemble?

Architecture’s frenzied courtship of art has finally been reciprocated, but John Jervis argues that this relationship may already have done more harm than good

Published in Comment

The undeniable impact of the eerie French drama The Returned owes much to its unsettling locations, writes Charles Holland

Published in Comment
Friday, 04 December 2015 00:00

New issue: Icon 151

From Lyon's experiment in public lighting, to Ireland's efforts to establish its international design reputation, our latest issue looks at the design that has a tangible impact on people's lives and moods

Published in Comment
Wednesday, 02 December 2015 00:00

Freeports: ‘Warehouses of wealth’

Art deals, shady gold, smuggled antiquities, laundered money – the chic, yet sinister, aesthetic of the latest crop of tax-free zones is the architecture of financial inscrutability, says Edwin Heathcote

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Ahead of the Shenzhen Biennale of Urbanism and Architecture next week, the event’s co-curator, Alfredo Brillembourg of architecture practice Urban Think Tank, explains the continuing significance of China

Published in Comment

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 ...

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