Foreign Office Architects

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Foreign Office Architects – FOA

Farshid Moussavi + Alejandro Zaera Polo, London, UK

12 Apr 2014 – new larger photos added to this page, key building by FOA – Ravensbourne College, London:

Ravensbourne College London
photo : Morley von Sternberg

Ravensbourne College London
photo : Morley von Sternberg

28 Apr 2011

Foreign Office Architects – Practice News

As announced here on e-architect a few months back, Foreign Office Architects are to be dissolved as husband and wife co-founders – Alejandro Zaera-Polo and Farshid Moussavi – split up.

The architecture practice will cease to exist from today, 28 Apr 2011. FOA was founded in 1995. Their major work is Yokohama Ferry Terminal in Japan, which brought the studio to worldwide attention.

The FOA partners will now pursue separate ventures. Farshid Moussavi will practise as Farshid Moussavi Architecture Limited and Alejandro Zaera-Polo will practise as AZPA Limited.

Current work by FOA will continue. All FOA staff will be offered positions in the two new practices.

Foreign Office Architects – Recent Major Buildings

Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland, Ohio, USA
A recent building by Farshid Moussavi, completed post F-O-A:

Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland, Ohio, USA
Design: Farshid Moussavi
Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland Building
photo : Dean Kaufman

Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland

Ravensbourne College building, London, UK
Ravensbourne College
photo : Morley von Sternberg
Ravensbourne College

Foreign Office Architects – Key Building

Yokohama International Port Terminal, Tokyo, Japan
Foreign Office Architects building
photograph from Foreign Office Architects via RIAS in 2004
Yokohama Ferry Terminal : architecture competition winner

Foreign Office Architects – Practice Information

FOA founded 1993 by Alejandro Zaera Polo (Spanish) & Farshid Moussavi (Iranian) ; they met at Harvard University, USA and worked together at OMA. Zaera Polo and Moussavi married in 1993.

Foreign Office Architects – Buildings

Aerospace Valley project, nr Toulouse, France
Montaudran Aerodrome redevelopment

Auditoria Park, Barcelona, Spain
Auditoria Park Barcelona
photo © adrian welch
Auditoria Park Spain : Parc dels Auditoris
Like the Yokohama Ferry Terminal also by Foreign Office Architecture this intervention fuses landscape with sculpture to make architecture: flowing and undulating tessellated strips run along the seafront to make ‘man-made dunes’. An early project by F-O-A Architects that helped develop their focus on tessellation, the complex patterns that have come to feature in many of their designs.

Azadi Cineplex, Tehran, Iran

BBC Music Centre, White City, northwest London, England
Competition win in 2004

Belgo restaurant, Ladbroke Grove, west London, UK

Birmingham Library, central England, UK
Shortlist of 7 practices
Birmingham Library Competition

Carabanchel 16 – housing, Madrid, Spain
Carabanchel Housing
photograph © Sérgio Padura
Carabanchel Housing – the major FOA design in Spain

Cineplex + John Lewis Store, Leicester, England

D38 Zona Franca Office Complex, Barcelona, Spain
with Arata Isozaki

Dulnyouk Publishers HQ, Paju Book City, nr Seoul, South Korea

Euston Station Regeneration, London
Euston Station : for British Land / Network Rail – this F-O-A project is no longer active

Hadspen Parabola – Competition Winner, Somerset, England, UK
Hadspen Parabola
image from the architect
Hadspen Parabola

Highcross Leicester, Leicester, England
John Lewis Leicester
image from ArcelorMittal
John Lewis Leicester at former The Shires Shopping Centre
A commercial project for F-O-A Archietcts but the facades are beautifully executed.

La Rioja technology transfer centre, Logroño, La Rioja, Spain

Masterplan for 2012 Olympic Games, east London
Selected in 2004 with Allies & Morrison, HOK Architects and EDAW
London Olympic Games Architecture

Meydan-Umraniye retail complex, Istanbul, Turkey

Police Station, Costa Blanca, Spain

Ravensbourne College building, London
Ravensbourne College building
image : Glowfrog Studios
Link at top of this page

Spanish Pavilion, Expo 2005

Torrevieja Theatre, Spain

Trinity EC3 tower, London, UK
Trinity EC3 tower
image from Beetham
Foreign Office Architecture : for Beetham, revised due to new protected view

FOA – Shortlisted Project

As part of United Architects
Ground Zero project, New York, USA

Foreign Office Architects – Building Proposal

Latham House Redevelopment, Aldgate, City of London, UK
for the Beetham Organisation

Foreign Office Architects – Exhibitions + Education + Teaching + Books

Yokohama International Port Terminal, Japan
Yokohama Ferry Terminal
photo from Foreign Office Architects via RIAS in 2004: Saturo Mashima

More projects by Foreign Office Architects – F-O-A online soon

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Foreign Office Architects – Practice Information

Foreign Office Architects – Awards

Venice Architecture Biennale Award, 2004
Enric Miralles Prize for architecture, 2004

Foreign Office Architects – Teaching Positions

Alejandro Zaera-Polo:
Yale University School of Architecture – Visiting Professor of architecture
Princeton University School of Architecture – Visiting Professor of architecture

Farshid Moussavi:
Harvard University School of Architecture – Visiting Professor of architecture

Spanish Buildings

Foreign Office Architects : London Architect Studio

English Buildings

London Architect Office

Architecture Studios

Buildings / photos for the Foreign Office Architects page welcome

Foreign Office Architects Buildings


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