As Japan House opens its doors in London, Icon spoke to Japanese architect Sou Fujimoto, whose exhibition Futures of the Future is inaugurating the new space. 

Published in News
Friday, 07 July 2017 10:25

Long live the starchitect!

Peter Smisek on why this much-maligned group matters, and should continue to

Published in Comment
Wednesday, 25 September 2013 15:46

House K by Sou Fujimoto

Sou Fujimoto places a typically ingenious family house with a dramatic sloping roof on a tricky suburban site. 

Published in News
Thursday, 05 September 2013 14:25

Sou Fujimoto: Serpentine Pavilion 2013

Sou Fujimoto’s structure in Kensington Gardens leaves us yearning for more permanent realisations of his utopian architectural vision

Published in News
Thursday, 04 July 2013 17:00

122: Future 50

For this issue we asked a dozen experts to nominate those architects and designers that they thought were shaping the future. We didn’t want our list of 50 names to watch to be hierarchical, with definitive pretensions, but rather a snapshot of the ways in which a new generation is pushing the boundaries of its practice. We spoke to the nominees about what they thought were the challenges and opportunities facing their profession, and the things that inspired them.

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Tuesday, 04 June 2013 15:58

Interview: Sou Fujimoto

The architect of the 2013 Serpentine Pavilion talks to Icon about the qualities of clouds, the integration of landscapes and buildings and his quest for serendipity.

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Monday, 08 April 2013 15:50

Icon 119: Design Art

The Salone del Mobile is much more than an annual furniture tradeshow. Entire districts of the city come to life with installations and exhibitions that seem to be as much about art as design. In this issue we look at artists who have ventured into both architecture and furniture design, including Donald Judd, Jorge Pardo, Rachel Whiteread and Joep van Lieshout.

Published in NEWS
Wednesday, 06 March 2013 15:26

Profile: reconstructing post-disaster Japan

Two years have passed since Japan was hit by a tsunami. Since then, architects and designers have volunteered their skills and expertise to help rebuild communities and make plans for the future.

Published in Features
Thursday, 08 March 2012 13:02

House NA by Sou Fujimoto

Tokyo architect Sou Fujimoto’s latest experiment in compact living is a minimalist climbing tower of glass walls and super-thin steel floor plates.

Published in News
Friday, 05 August 2011 10:51

Profile: Issey Miyake

“I have never called myself a fashion designer,” says Issey Miyake. It sounds like a contradiction from someone who has been designing clothes for 40 years and who built Japan’s most famous fashion brand in the process. So what is he?

Published in Features
Thursday, 04 August 2011 09:14

1.1 Architects Build Small Spaces

You can really feel the architecture in the V&A’s little buildings.

Published in Review
Monday, 31 January 2011 16:19

Future Beauty

There's only a week left to see the Barbican's 30-year survey of Japanese fashion innovation, featuring design greats Issey Miyake, Rei Kawakubo and Yohji Yamamoto. Here's our review.

Published in Review
Wednesday, 14 July 2010 16:39

Sou Fujimoto's Tokyo Apartment

It is hard to imagine a more literal image of high density dwelling than this, the Tokyo Apartment–Sou Fujimoto’s latest building.

Published in Features
Friday, 04 June 2010 07:00

Issue 085 out now

There's a whole heap of good things in the July icon, issue 085, now in shops - and top of the pile is Sou Fujimoto’s stacked up houses in Tokyo.

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Wednesday, 31 March 2010 13:49

Vitra Haus by Herzog & de Meuron

The first time I saw the VitraHaus it was made of gingerbread

Published in Features
Wednesday, 16 December 2009 19:34

Chiaki Arai's Ofunato Civic Centre

Chiaki Arai's astonishing concrete grottos.

Published in Features
Thursday, 02 July 2009 07:56

Sou Fujimoto interview

Icon's editor Justin McGuirk recently interviewed Japanese architect Sou Fujimoto for Detnk TV. Fujimoto-san discusses his bench project for Lexus and how Japanese architecture should embrace the primitive.

Published in Video
Thursday, 07 August 2008 06:44

The 20 essential young architects

Is it just us or is the young architect a very different beast these days? For the first time, “young” actually means young, but “architect” may no longer mean architect. This is our list of the most significant rising practices. Like all list stories, you’ll disagree with some of it, but that’s half the fun.

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