• Chicago Biennial review

    The first Chicago Architecture Biennial is an exuberant explosion of ideas and it reaches out to engage the city. It offers spectacle and reflection, fantasies and practical projects, global perspective and local intervention. But what is the agenda? And does it succeed in restoring Chicago’s position at the centre-stage of architecture?

  • Letter from… Copenhagen

    Denmark’s global presence in design owes much to the country’s greatest modernist, Arne Jacobsen, who created a family of design classics in his furniture for Fritz Hansen. Herbert Wright checks out his architectural legacy in the Nordic bastion of urban cool that is the capital Copenhagen, and experiences colours that are reinvigorating Danish design, and the world’s favourite chair

  • A cut above: Zaha Hadid’s Messner Mountain Museum

    The latest Zaha Hadid project is modest in size and half-invisible from the outside. Situated in an Italian mountainscape, the Messner Mountain Museum bridges one of her earliest designs with her most recent

  • Lightscape: James Turrell at Houghton

    Part of American artist James Turrell’s show at the 18th-century Houghton Hall in Norfolk involves lighting up the facade. Herbert Wright visited

  • Review – Mons 2015 European Capital of Culture

    Herbert Wright visits the historic Belgian city that has created new temptations and revitalised its sights for the annual EU initiative

  • The colonel’s recipe for success – two Seifert towers being brought back to life

    Richard Seifert’s second- and third-tallest office towers are simultaneously being transformed into flats. The teams working on Centre Point and the South Bank Tower could not be more different, but both find the key to delivering 21st-century landmark projects in the original Seifert designs themselves.

  • London's Top Model Gets Bigger, Has More to Say

    At the start of April, London's top model vanished without trace. Yet since the twenty-second of the month, at the same Bloomsbury haunt, the model has been back. Still... something has changed. The model is somehow bigger, and has a lot more on show.

  • Two of a Kind: a new home for France’s FRAC art centre

    Quel surprise! The new home for one of France’s FRAC art centres realises a wild proposition from Paris-based practice Lacaton & Vassal - a doppelganger volume of a former shipyard hangar in the docklands of Dunkirk