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17 Sep 2020
Apple Marina Bay Sands, Singapore
Apple Marina Bay Sands Building
photograph : Finbarr Fallon
Apple Marina Bay Sands Singapore
A new distinctive 30-metre-diameter structure is a fully glazed dome with a black glass base, complementing the sister pavilions through its scale and materiality.

11 Sep 2020
Magdi Yacoub Global Heart Centre, Cairo, Egypt
Magdi Yacoub Global Heart Centre Cairo
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Magdi Yacoub Global Heart Centre
Construction has started on the newest outpost of the Aswan Heart Centre founded by renowned Egyptian surgeon Sir Magdi Yacoub and provides free state-of-the-art treatment for the people of Egypt and beyond, in particular those in sub-Saharan Africa.

12 Aug 2020
Apple Central World, Ratchaprasong, Bangkok, Thailand, South East Asia
Design: Foster + Partners with Architects 49 Ltd.
Apple Central World Bangkok Foster + Partners
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Apple Central World Bangkok Store
Apple Central World in Bangkok welcomed its first visitors. Located in one of the city’s iconic urban centers, the new store establishes a quiet sculptural presence at the heart of the bustling Central World Square on the intersection of Rama I and Ratchadamri roads.

6 Aug 2020
Pitt Street OSD and metro station, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Pitt Street Over Station Development Sydney
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Pitt Street Over Station Development Sydney
Designs for a mixed-use over station development at the heart of Sydney have been revealed. The new 39-storey premium office building on the corner of Park and Pitt streets will create a vibrant mixed-use hub offering flexible office space with an elevated lobby and retail plaza in the heart of Sydney’s retail, dining and entertainment precinct.

3 Aug 2020
Apple Sanlitun, Sanlitun, Chaoyang District, Beijing, China
Apple Sanlitun, Beijing store by Foster + Partners
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Apple Sanlitun
The design is the result of a close collaboration between Apple’s teams and the integrated engineering and design teams at Foster + Partners.

27 May 2020
Foster + Partners’ machine-cut visor obtains CE Certification

Face Visor by Foster + Partners UK

The all-purpose face visor designed by Foster + Partners for medical professionals has now received full CE Certification. We have updated our free open source data accordingly and this raises our hopes that more companies will investigate and adopt this type of design and method of manufacture.

29 Apr 2020
Plus: The new Journal of Foster + Partners launched

Plus The new Journal of Foster + Partners

Plus – a new journal from Foster + Partners – was launched today as a ‘digital-first’ publication on Every month, new articles will be added, showcasing both the in-depth research and the broad array of the firm’s interdisciplinary collaboration within the practice and pertinent issues affecting the world around us from independent writers.

It provides a forum for non-traditional stories and case studies on the innovation and processes that reinforce the diverse projects in the practice, as well as a platform for industry experts and more. The articles will offer insights into ideas that underpin our work, creating connections between projects and the wider issues that affect the built environment today.

The inaugural features include an exploration of the practice’s work with metal 3D-printing in ‘A Journey to Digital Manufacture’; ‘Structure of Support’ – an in depth discussion on the structural design and of Maggie’s Manchester, examining the close relationship between architecture and engineering, coupled with the vital supporting role the centre plays; and ‘Biophilia in Design’, developing a greater understanding on the importance of this aspect of environmental design.

Future articles will explore the development of SandBOX, a conceptual design system created by researchers and analysts at the practice; an anthropological investigation into the importance of public space in Chinese city life; and a study of spatial configuration and staff movement in healthcare.

8 Jan 2020
Alibaba’s new HQ, Shanghai, China
Alibaba Shanghai Building by Foster + Partners
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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-Émillion, Bordeaux, France
Le Dôme Winery in Saint-Émillion, Bordeaux
Foster + Partners’ designs for the new Le Dôme winery in Saint-Émillion 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 Building by Foster + Partners
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.

Foster + Partners News 2018

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 Building by Foster + Partners
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 Building by Foster + Partners
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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 Building by Foster + Partners
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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 Building by Foster + Partners
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 Building by Foster + Partners
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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 Building by Foster + Partners
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 |
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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
image © ChopsMoxie/Foster + Partners
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 |
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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 by Foster + Partners Architects 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 by Foster + Partners Architects
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Jabal Omar Development in Mecca
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

Foster + Partners Architecture

Foster + Partners – main page : current architecture news (this page)

Fosters + Partners Architects – Key Buildings List

Foster + Partners Architects Designs : Projects from 2013-16
Prado Museum in Madrid by Foster + Partners Architects
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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
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Foster + Partners Buildings : Projects from pre-2008
The Index Dubai
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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
Crystal Island tower : 450m high tower

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

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

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 Practice Information

Architecture stuido headquarterd in London, UK

London Architects

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

Pritzker Prize architects Winner in 1999

Norman Foster, architect – RIBA Gold Medal 1983 Winner

American Institute of Architects Gold Medal winner : 1994

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