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8 Jan 2020
Alibaba’s new HQ, Shanghai, China
Alibaba Shanghai Building by Foster + Partners
image © Foster + Partners
Alibaba Shanghai HQ Building by Foster + Partners
The architectural firm win the ompetition to design the new headquarters for the Chinese ecommerce giant. The HQ is set to showcase the Chinese company’s unique working culture to the public.

6 Dec 2019
COP25: Foster + Partners launches its sustainability manifesto

Foster + Partners has launched its sustainability manifesto, revealing its methodology for greener projects and demonstrating the practice’s ongoing commitment towards achieving the goals of the Paris Agreement. Outlining a holistic sustainable approach, this methodology enables the measurement of embodied and operational carbon in each project.

Over the last five years, drawing on the practice’s experience, expertise and in collaboration with others, Foster + Partners has created a unique system that can effectively determine carbon emissions at every project stage. This process gives greater insight into the different aspects that affect the environmental impact of a project and provides tools to mitigate and lower their carbon content.

As part of the COP25, the practice has been invited to present this methodology and tools by UNFCCC, UN Environment and the European Commission at their respective events in Madrid. It is also represented at the UK Pavilion demonstrating sustainable and green innovations at the event.

Applying the manifesto’s principles to its own operations, Foster + Partners has been purchasing 100% of its electricity from renewable sources for the past three years. In addition to this, the practice is also fully offsetting its annual global carbon emissions associated with transport (airline and vehicular), as well as those associated with heating and waste from its London campus.

Download the Foster + Partners Sustainability Manifesto 2019.

Oct 24, 2019
Comcast Technology Center, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
Comcast Technology Center Philadelphia
photography © Nigel Young / Foster + Partners
Comcast Technology Center Building
Located next to the existing Comcast Center, the Comcast Technology Center rises 1,121 feet (341 meters) as the city’s tallest building. The Comcast Technology Center is vertically stepped, with loft-like work spaces and state-of-the-art television studios for NBC10 and Telemundo62, with a 12-story Four Seasons Hotel above.

28 Sep 2019
Le Dôme Winery, Saint-Émilion, Bordeaux, France
Le Dôme Winery in Saint-Émilion, Bordeaux
Foster + Partners’ designs for the new Le Dôme winery in Saint-Émilion have been unveiled. Nestled in the rolling hills of Bordeaux, the design of the new building aims to blend seamlessly with the landscape.

25 Sep 2019
Gabriela Hearst, London, England, UK
Gabriela Hearst Store London
photography : Nigel Young / Foster + Partners
Gabriela Hearst London Store
Gabriela Hearst, the sustainable global fashion brand with an uncompromising commitment to the environment, has opened its first London outpost, designed by Foster + Partners.

Dec 12, 2018
425 Park Avenue, Manhattan, NYC, USA
425 Park Avenue Building News
Topping Out news: the tower’s form is a pure expression of its function. The building is divided vertically into three distinct volumes: a seven-storey base, knitted to the urban grain at street level; a recessed central section; and a slender formation of premium floors at the top.

12 Dec 2018
The Tulip City, city of London, England, UK
The Tulip City of London Tower building design by Foster + Partners
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The Tulip City of London Building
A planning application has been submitted by this celebrated British architecture office to the City of London Corporation for a new public cultural attraction which would be sited next to 30 St Mary Axe.

Jul 5, 2018
Norman Foster Wins Prestigious American Prize for Design
The Architect of the World’s Most Iconic Works of Contemporary Architecture as the new $5 Billion Apple ‘Spaceship’ Headquarters, the famed ‘Gherkin Building’ in London, and the British Museum’s Great Court is Honored for His Achievements in the Field of Industrial Design.
Norman Foster Wins American Prize for Design 2018

2 Jul 2018
Apple Cotai Central, Macau, China
Architects: Foster + Partners
Apple Cotai Central Macau
photograph © Nigel Young / Foster + Partners

Apple Cotai Central by Foster + Partners
Apple Cotai Central offers a calm complement to the buzz and excitement of Macau, responding to the desire for an inviting, contemplative space, where technology, entertainment and arts come together to make a positive contribution to the city.

30 Jun 2018
Bloomberg London Shortlisted at World Architecture Festival 2018 Awards

Bloomberg European Headquarters in London is one of 536 shortlisted entries across 81 countries:
Bloomberg European Headquarters in London
photograph © Nigel Young / Foster + Partners
World Architecture Festival Awards 2018 Shortlist

22 Jun 2018
50 Scollard Apartments, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Architects: Foster + Partners
50 Scollard Apartments in Toronto
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50 Scollard Apartments Toronto
A unique amalgam of community-based amenities, heritage restoration, high-end luxury residences, and public green space, 50 Scollard lays the foundation for a rich social anchor within a vibrant district in downtown Toronto.

20 Jun 2018
Axis Madrid – Plaza Colón Building Refurbishment, Madrid, Spain
Axis in Madrid
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Axis Madrid
The comprehensive refurbishment of the Plaza Colón building, at one of the most major intersections in the city, the project seeks to completely transform and revitalise the existing structure to create a new iconic landmark that reflects the prestige and importance of the site.

9 May 2018
DJI’s new HQ, Shenzhen, China
Architects: Foster + Partners
DJI’s new HQ in Shenzhen
image : Foster + Partners

DJI HQ Building
Vision unveiled for the new headquarters for DJI, the world leading robotics company, currently under construction in Shenzhen.

1 May 2018
DP World Cargospeed, Dubai, UAE
DP World Cargospeed in Dubai UAE
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DP World Cargospeed Dubai Building
Foster + Partners has created a video that describes a vision for the future of high-speed transportation. DP World Cargospeed, a collaboration of cargo giant DP World and Virgin Hyperloop One aims to create an infrastructural network that forms a fundamental part of a new ecosystem, in which urban centers, rural landscapes, people & nature are all interconnected. This is a unique project with far-reaching global implications that could have its first step based in Dubai.

29 Mar 2018
Vatican Pavilion at the Venice Architecture Biennale, Italy
Vatican Pavilion at the Venice Architecture Biennale
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Vatican Pavilion at the Venice Architecture Biennale
Foster + Partners, in partnership with Tecno, will build one of the chapels located in a wooded area at one end of the Venetian island of San Giorgio Maggiore.

25 Mar 2018
Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, Norwich, Norfolk, England, UK
Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts in Norwich
photograph ® Nigel Young – Foster + Partners
Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts Building by Foster + Partners
Opened in 1978, the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts was the practice’s first cultural project, and one that embraced several themes that have remained at the core of our unique design approach – a strong belief in the integration of architecture and engineering, a commitment to low-energy, sustainable design, and a never-ending drive towards innovation.

19 Feb 2018
The Murray, 22 Cotton Tree Drive, Central, Hong Kong, China
Murray Hotel in Hong Kong
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Murray Hotel Hong Kong
The Murray Hotel, re-imagined and designed by Foster + Partners, officially marked its completion at a plaque unveiling ceremony in Hong Kong officiated by guest-of-honour, Mrs. Carrie Lam, Chief Executive of the HKSAR along with Mr. Peter Woo, Chairman of Wheelock Holdings Pte Ltd. The Murray, converted from the previously known Murray Building, is one of several historic landmarks under the Conserving Central Initiative Project to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the HKSAR.

24 Nov 2017
Marseille Airport Building Extension, France
Marseille Airport Extension
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Marseille Airport Building Extension
The competition winning entry for the new Marseille Airport extension was revealed today at a grand ceremony in the presence of JC Gaudin, Mayor of Marseille; Renaud Muselier, President of the region; Martine Vassal, President of the Departmental Council; JL Chauvin, President of the Chamber of Commerce, and several other dignitaries.

17 Nov 2017
Ocean Terminal Extension, Kowloon, Hong Kong, China
Ocean Terminal Extension
photo © Foster + Partners
Ocean Terminal Extension in Hong Kong
A new gateway for thousands of international cruise liner passengers, the extension to the Ocean Terminal in Harbour City, Hong Kong has opened. With stunning new outdoor spaces for dining and leisure capitalising on the unmatched panoramic views of the harbour, this new expansion creates a new landmark for Hong Kong.

6 Nov 2017
Ashburnham Primary School Playground, West London, England, UK
Ashburnham Primary School-playground in West London
photograph : Aaron Hargreaves / Foster + Partners
Ashburnham Primary School Playground London
The opening of the new children’s playground at Ashburnham Community School in West London was met with shrieks of delight, as the children got a first taste of the recently transformed school grounds.

25 Oct 2017
Bloomberg European Headquarters, Bloomberg Place, London, EC4, England
Bloomberg European Headquarters in London
photo © Nigel Young / Foster + Partners
Bloomberg European Headquarters in London
The new European headquarters of Bloomberg LP has been launched at an event hosted by its founder Michael R. Bloomberg, in the company of Lord Foster, Founder and Executive Chairman, Foster + Partners and Sadiq Khan, Mayor of London. Located between the Bank of England and St Paul’s Cathedral, the building responds to its historic context, yet is uniquely of its place and time. It is a true exemplar of sustainable development, with a BREEAM Outstanding rating – the highest design-stage score ever achieved by any major office development.

Aug 10, 2017
Apple Retail Store, Carnegie Library, Washington DC
Apple Retail Store at Carnegie Library of Washington D.C. |
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Carnegie Library Apple Store Design
This interesting project aims to renew the Carnegie Library building as a retail and education facility.

5 Aug 2017
Oceanwide Center Building, Transbay Area, San Francisco, California, USA
Oceanwide Center Building |
images courtesy of Foster + Partners
Oceanwide Center San Francisco Building
The Oceanwide Center buildings comprises two high-rise towers, along with new public spaces and pedestrian links through downtown. The two buildings provide 1.35 million square feet of office space and 650,000 square feet of residential units.

2 Aug 2017
Foster + Partners to Re-purpose Bee’ah Landfill in UAE
Foster + Partners is transforming the landfill site of Bee’ah, the leading sustainable waste management company in the Middle East, located in Sharjah, United Arab Emirates.
The city is expected to reach its goal of zero landfill waste by 2020, and once it does, the current landfill will no longer be of use. Foster + Partners is redeveloping the site with a sustainable masterplan that reflects Bee’ah’s “vision of a world where clean energy is generated sustainability and utilized both sparingly and efficiently,” according to the British architectural firm. The site is located next to the yet-to-be-completed Bee’ah headquarters, a sustainable, renewable-energy powered complex designed by Zaha Hadid Architects.

11 Jul 2017
International shortlist revealed for architects to design landmark Centre for Music in London
DS+R are shortlisted to develop a concept design for a new concert hall in the City of London. The Barbican Centre, London Symphony Orchestra and Guildhall School of Music & Drama are leading the competition, backed by £2.5million in funding from the City of London Corporation:
Centre for Music London Competition

21 Jun, 2017
Bloomberg’s New European Headquarters, City of London, UK
Bloombergs European HQ
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Bloomberg’s New European Headquarters Building
Opening this autumn, Bloomberg’s new European headquarters in the heart of the City of London is the first wholly owned, designed and constructed Bloomberg building globally. Conceived in collaboration with Foster + Partners, it reflects founder Mike Bloomberg’s long-held belief that workspaces should foster collaboration, innovation and productivity.

Circular Quay Tower, Sydney, NSW, Australia

19/06/2017 – Foster + Partners wins design competition for Circular Quay Tower, Sydney

Foster + Partners has been selected as the winners of an international competition to design a new office tower for Sydney’s Circular Quay, close to the city’s harbor and iconic Opera House. Located between George and Pitt streets, the tower will serve as a centerpiece of the urban district’s reinvigorated masterplan, featuring a scheme characterized by its array of pedestrian pathways that cross through the site at multiple levels. The laneways will be lined with retail shops, cafes and bars.

Circular Quay Tower Sydney by Foster + Partners

“We wanted Circular Quay Tower and its surroundings to be of its place, taking advantage of its topography and unique location near Sydney Harbour,” said design team leader Gerard Evenden, Head of Studio and Senior Executive Partner at Foster + Partner. “The tower will form the centrepiece of an urban regeneration precinct that will reshape the northern end of the CBD into a vibrant community contributing to Sydney’s status as a global city.”

Circular Quay Tower in Sydney by Foster + Partners architects |
images courtesy of architects office

The tower will feature an innovative façade made up of a series of external cross-brace members that put the building’s structural engineering and load-tracing on display. On the south elevation, three bays of transparent elevators will be book-ended by the building’s concrete cores, animating the façade and articulating the structure’s vertical elements. By offsetting the core to one side and pushing the structure to the exterior, the interior floor plan can remain open, allowing for flexible arrangements for future tenants.

May 5, 2017
University of Pennsylvania Hospital Pavilion, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, USA
Hospital Pavilion
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University of Pennsylvania Hospital Pavilion Building by Foster + Partners
The University of Pennsylvania announced the groundbreaking for the construction of a new hospital on Penn Medicine’s West Philadelphia campus designed by Foster + Partners as part of PennFirst, an Integrated Project Delivery (IPD) team.

25 Feb 2017
National Bank of Kuwait Building, Kuwait City
Al Hamra Firdous Tower and National Bank of Kuwait Al Hamra Firdous Tower and National Bank of Kuwait
photo © Adrian Welch
National Bank of Kuwait Tower
Located on a prominent site, the 300-m-high headquarters tower for the National Bank of Kuwait will have a distinctive presence among the high-rise buildings of Sharq, the city’s growing financial district.

31 Jan 2017
Jabal Omar Hotel Development, Mecca, Saudi Arabia
Jabal Omar Hotel Development
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Jabal Omar Development Project by Foster + Partners
Foster + Partners’ competition winning scheme for a new luxury hotel and serviced apartments in the heart of Makkah has been revealed. Inspired by traditional Arab architecture, it’s design reinterprets the traditional dense building clusters, creating a new contemporary vernacular that respects its sacred location.

18 Jan 2017
Andhra Pradesh Capital Competition, India
Foster + Partners has won an international competition for a new £500 m capital for the state of Andhra Pradesh in south-eastern India, reports the Architects’ Journal.

The architecture studio, working in partnership with Mumbai architect Hafeez Contractor, was chosen for the prestigious commission ahead of an undisclosed shortlist of international firms last month.

Planned to complete in 2022, the project will create a new municipal capital for India’s eighth largest state, which lost its former capital, Hyderabad, to the newly formed state of Telangana two years ago.

The 365ha masterplan will deliver a new civic core for the planned 200km2 settlement on the southern banks of the Krishna river, known as Amaravati.

16 Jan 2017
The RIBA Norman Foster Travelling Scholarship 2017 launched

RIBA Norman Foster Travelling Scholarship 2017

Applications are invited from schools of architecture around the world directly by the RIBA to put forward one applicant each. Entries will be assessed by a panel of judges which will include Lord Foster and RIBA President Jane Duncan:

RIBA Norman Foster Travelling Scholarship

25 Nov 2016
Museo del Prado, Madrid, Spain
Foster + Partners and Rubio Arquitectura win international Prado Museum competition
Prado Museum in Madrid
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Museo del Prado Architecture Competition

8 Sep 2016
Ferring Pharmaceuticals A/S Headquarters in Kastrup, Copenhagen, Denmark
Ferring Pharmaceuticals Headquarters in Kastrup
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Ferring Pharmaceuticals A/S Headquarters

12 Aug + 6 Jun 2016
Red Hook Complex in Brooklyn, NY, USA
Red Hook Complex in Brooklyn, New York
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Red Hook Complex Brooklyn
New image of this design. The building features flexible, open floorplates of up to 100,000-square-feet (9,300 m2), that are ideal for new, innovative ways of working that characterise the burgeoning creative and tech sector in New York.

5 Apr 2016

Tribute to Dame Zaha Hadid from Norman Foster in Shanghai:

“I am devastated by the news of the loss of Zaha Hadid and cannot comprehend the enormity of her passing away. I became very close to her as a friend and colleague in parallel with my deep respect for her as an architect of immense stature and global significance.

Dame Zaha Hadid
photograph : Simone Cecchetti

She was one of the very few architects as friends who was invited to my 80th Birthday Party in London last year. By a strange coincidence some days ago I received an email from one of her clients – someone she had designed a home for. With great pride he sent me about twenty pairs of images. Each pair showed the visualisation that Zaha presented and the reality as finally built. It was a beautiful juxtaposition of what Zaha promised and what she delivered. I was so looking forward to sharing with her these intimate insights. Tragically that will never happen.

I think it was Zaha’s triumph to go beyond the beautiful graphic visions of her sculptural approach to architecture into reality that so upset some of her critics. She was an individual of great courage, conviction and tenacity. It is rare to find these qualities tied to a free creative spirit. That is why her loss is so profound and her example so inspirational. And, besides, she was my dear friend.”

Whiteleys Building Refurbishment, London, UK
Renewal Design: Foster + Partners, Architects
Whiteleys Building Development
image : Whiteleys Development

Whiteleys Building Refurbishment – 4 Apr 2016

8 Mar 2016
3 Sutton Place Tower on the East Side, New York City, NY, USA
3 Sutton Place Skyscraper by Foster and Partners
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3 Sutton Place Skyscraper NYC
A Manhattan judge has struck down Bauhouse Group’s request for an injunction against Gamma Real Estate and its planned foreclosure auction of Bauhouse’s 3 Sutton Place condo project.

5 Feb 2016
Norton Set to Break Ground on Transformative Expansion by Foster + Partners, West Palm Beach, Florida, USA
New Norton Museum of Art Building by Foster + Partners
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New Norton Museum of Art Building by Foster + Partners

Architecture, Urbanism, Innovation, Tokyo, Japan – Foster + Partners Exhibition

Tokyo, 18th January 2016 – The large-scale exhibition “Architecture, Urbanism, Innovation”, showcases more than 50 projects completed by the architecture practice over the years.

Dates: until 14th February 2016

Location: Mori Art Museum

Architecture, Urbanism, Innovation Exhibition, Tokyo

It is organized in three sections with the aim of showcasing the most significant projects among over 300 carried out by Foster + Partners architecture firm throughout its history.

The exhibited projects are organized into the following 3 sections:

– The Architectural Philosophy behind Foster+ Partners
– From Space to Environment: the Foster + Partners Design Process
– Architecture, Urbanism, Innovation: Ideas for Future Lifestyles.

The exhibition is a detailed showcase of 50 projects selected among all projects of the architecture firm completed or currently under construction, through models, videos, drawings, sketches and computer graphics.

Architecture, Urbanism, Innovation Exhibition

Apple Campus 2, Cupertino, San Jose, CA, USA
Design: Foster + Partners with Arup
Apple Campus 2
image from Apple

Planning permission received for this major new campus for Apple in California.

The Hydro, Glasgow, Scotland – new photos
Design: Foster + Partners
The Hydro
image © Foster + Partners

The SSE Hydro has a seated capacity of 12,000. It will form a major boost to both the Glasgow economy and the city’s stature. The first purpose-built concert venue of its scale, it will play host to around 140 events each year, including national and international artists and bands as well as being a venue for major comedy stars and sporting events.

‘Foster + Partners: the Art of Architecture’, Galeri PETRONAS, Kuala Lumpur
Foster + Partners Architecture Exhibition
image from Foster + Partners
Architecure Exhibition Malaysia
Arranged around the themes of infrastructure, high-rise, urban design, history and culture – all within the context of a sustainable agenda – the works on display highlight the incredible diversity of the practice’s work. Details of a number of new projects underway in Malaysia will be revealed, including Arcoris Mont’Kiara and IB Tower, a 58-storey tower in the heart of Kuala Lumpur City Centre.

Vieux Port Pavilion, Marseille, France – building news
Vieux Port Pavilion Marseille
photo : Nigel Young
Vieux Port Pavilion Marseille – 5 Mar 2013
The new events pavilion is a simple, discreet canopy of highly reflective stainless steel, 46 by 22 metres in size, open on all sides and supported by slender pillars. Its polished, mirrored surface reflects the surrounding port and tapers towards the edges, minimising its profile and reducing the structure’s visual impact.

The ME Hotel, London, England
Design: Foster + Partners
Sofitel St James hotel London
photograph from architect

The ME Hotel London – 5 + 4 Mar 2013
This hotel buildings has been designed by Foster + Partners from the exterior right down to internal furnishings and fittings, rather like in a Frank Lloyd Wright house. The building completes the grand sweep of buildings of Aldwych Crescent, repairing the urban grain and restoring some glamour to the West End.

Thames Hub Airport, London, England, UK
Thames Hub Airport London
photograph from architect
Thames Hub Airport – 4 Mar 2013
Foster + Partners to submit a proposal to the Commission for a new hub airport in the Thames Estuary. This highly controversial issue has been challenging everyone from pliticians to conservationists with key architects getting involved. Sustainability must be at the heart of any decision.

Carré d’Art-Nîmes Architecture Exhibition ‘MOVING. NORMAN FOSTER ON ART’
Carré d’Art – Nîmes Museum of Contemporary Art, France
Carré d'Art-Nîmes Architecture Exhibition
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Carré d’Art-Nîmes Architecture Exhibition
Curators: Norman Foster ; Jean-Marc Prévost, Carré d’Art, Nîmes

Faena Aleph Residences, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Faena Aleph Residences Buenos Aires
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Foster + Partners – latest building – 5 Feb 2013
Foster + Partners has completed its first project in Latin America with the opening of the Faena Aleph Residences in Buenos Aires, Argentina – part of the reinvention of the former docks of Puerto Madero as a dynamic new urban quarter. Drawing on local architectural traditions, its apartments feature vaulted living spaces and deep, sheltered terraces that exploit the wonderful local climate and maximise views towards the city and Rio de la Plata.

Foster + Partners Ranks 10th in World Architecture 100 Survey
World Architecture 100 Survey 10th ranking – 29 Jan 2013
Foster + Partners has been ranked the world’s tenth largest architecture practice in the World Architecture 100 (WA100) survey.

Porcelanosa Flagship New York Showroom, NYC, USA
Porcelanosa Flagship New York Showroom Building New York
image : Foster + Partners
Porcelanosa New York Showroom – 18 Jan 2013
Design revealed for new flagship showroom in the Commodore Criterion building in Midtown. The firm chose Foster + Partners to refurbish the interiors of the six-storey building northwest of Madison Square Park at 5th Avenue and Broadway. This development is due to be completed in early 2014.

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Foster + Partners Architecture : Projects from 2011-12
McLaren Production Centre Building Woking
picture © McLaren

Foster + Partners Designs : Projects from 2010
Masdar Institute campus Abu Dhabi
photo : Nigel Young / Foster + Partners

Foster + Partners Architecture Designs : Projects from 2008-09
Zayed National Museum
image : Foster + Partners

Foster + Partners Buildings : Projects from pre-2008
The Index Dubai
picture from architect

Foster + Partners Exhibition

Key Architecture Projects by Foster + Partners

Swiss Re, London, UK
Swiss Re Building
photograph © Adrian Welch
Swiss Re Building : London skyscraper

Crystal Island, Moscow, Russia
Crystal Island
picture : Foster + Partners
Russian tower : 450m high tower

Spaceport America, New Mexico, USA
Spaceport America
picture : Foster + Partners
American Spaceport

Millau Viaduct, France
Millau Bridge
photo © Nick Weall
Millau Viaduct

Foster + Partners – Overview of the Practice

Lord Foster runs one of the most celebrated architect offices in the world of the last century. Not only prolific, the architects practice has consistently pushed boundaries, especially in terms of materials and technology, but also of form and building envelope.

Norman was born in Manchester in 1935. Having moved to London, and worked in Team 4, he established Foster Associates in 1967. This continued the Hi-Tec (or High-Tech) style of Team 4 with influences from Archigram. Prefabrication and modular design were clear goals with a passion for good detailing.

One of Norman Foster’s key early works was the Willis Faber Dumas building (1974) in southern England. It eschewed traditional wet trades for the facade and compartmentalised space within. This design, along with the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts at UEA and the former Renault Distribution Centre, celebrated technology and notions of flexibility in architecture. Related architects at this time (early 1980s) included Nicholas Grimshaw, Richard Rogers and Michael Hopkins. In fact, this reaction to the doctrines of Modern architects Corb and Mies can be traced back to the late 1960s, for example Norman Foster’s Reliance Controls Electronics Factory (1967).

During the Postmodern years the Foster + Partners style became a little more colourful but never strayed from technological rigour. In the 21st century – with new computer technology – forms have become more flowing, for example Beijing airport and the Swiss Re Building.

Over the years a stunning array of buildings and bridges has emerged from the Foster + Partners architects office. We selected the key designs by the practice, in chronological order below.

Major Buildings by Foster + Partners

Willis Faber & Dumas Headquarters, Ipswich, England (1974)
Sainsbury Centre, Norwich, England (1977)
Renault Distribution Centre, Swindon, England (1982)
Hong Kong & Shanghai Bank, Hong Kong (1986)
Stansted Airport Building, England (1991)
Carré d’Art, Nîmes, France (1993)
Chek Lap Kok Airport, Hong Kong (1998)
Reichstag Building, Berlin, Germany (1999)
British Museum Great Court, London, England (2001)
30 St Mary Axe – aka Swiss Re Building, London, England (2004)
Millau Viaduct, France (2004)

Comments on the selection welcome. These Foster + Partners designs aren’t selected simply due to their fame – we’ve excluded London City Hall and the Millennium Bridge for example – but because each design signified a strong creative achievement.

Adrian Welch, e-architect Editor

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Architecture Education

Manchester University School of Architecture, England

Yale University, USA

Team 4 architects, London
with his wife, Wendy Foster + Richard Rogers & Sue Rogers

Foster Associates, London
Norman was knighted in 1990

Norman Foster : Architecture

Norman Foster award : Pritzker Prize Winner 1999

Norman Foster, architect – RIBA Gold Medal 1983 Winner

American Institute of Architects Gold Medal winner : 1994

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