Hopkins’ Portcullis House demonstrated that high-tech could be adapted to historic settings

Next up in our high-tech architecture guide, we look at Portcullis House in London, which demonstrated how the style could be used in historically sensitive locations. Built opposite the Palace of Westminster, Portcullis House is an office building designed by Michael and Patty Hopkins’ studio, now called Hopkins Architects, as offices for the UK Parliament. The […]

Herman Miller Factory was a flexible, non-monumental high-tech factory

We continue our high-tech architecture series by looking at the highly flexible and adaptable Herman Miller Factory in Bath, which was designed by Terry Farrell and Nicholas Grimshaw in 1976. The factory for the furniture company was one of many high-tech buildings, including the Park Road Apartments completed by Farrell Grimshaw Partnership six years earlier, which was designed […]

Foster’s HSBC building in Hong Kong is a revolutionary high-tech skyscraper

The Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation Headquarters was a ground-breaking skyscraper and established Norman Foster as a global brand. We take a look at the high-rise bank as part of our high-tech architecture series. Designed with the simple brief of creating “the best bank headquarters in the world”, the forty-four-storey skyscraper for HSBC set Foster’s studio […]

Renzo Piano is the Italian high-tech architect

Renzo Piano designed one of high-tech architecture’s seminal buildings – the Centre Pompidou. Continuing our high-tech architecture series we profile the Italian architect who was a key figure in the largely British-led movement. Piano would tell you that he doesn’t have a signature style, that he finds the idea of it inhibiting. He likes to treat every project as […]

Norman Foster’s Stansted Airport “challenged all the rules of terminal design”

Thirty-six structural trees support the roof of Stansted Airport by Norman Foster‘s studio, which is the next project in our high-tech architecture series. At London’s Stansted Airport, British firm Foster Associates, which is now Foster + Partners, turned the typical airport layout upside-down by placing all of the heavy environmental services underground, instead of on the rooftop. […]

Inmos Microprocessor Factory is Richard Rogers’ high-tech factory prototype

We continue our guide to high-tech architecture by looking at the Inmos Microprocessor Factory, a key example of Richard Rogers‘ radical inside-out buildings. Completed in 1982 in Newport, Wales, the Inmos Microprocessor Factory is a highly-flexible single-storey steel structure that was conceived as a prefabricated kit of parts that could be constructed anywhere. It contains […]

“High-tech is ever edging away from its ecological and humanistic roots”

High-tech architecture has strayed far from its environmentally conscientious beginnings, but could rise again if it returns to them, writes Phineas Harper. The Sainsbury Centre in Norwich weighs 5,618.6 tons. We know this because, when its architect, Norman Foster, took his former mentor Richard Buckminster Fuller to visit the project, the internationally-celebrated inventor and godfather […]

Anthony Hunt is the high-tech architect’s engineer

Anthony Hunt worked with architects Norman Foster, Richard Rogers, Michael and Patty Hopkins and Nicholas Grimshaw to engineer some of high-tech’s greatest buildings. We continue our high-tech architecture series with a profile of the influential engineer. High-tech architecture’s pioneers had their stylistic differences, collaborations and contestations, but they can almost all be united by a […]

The Lloyd’s building is Richard Rogers’ first high-tech office block

Continuing our high-tech architecture series, we take a look at the inside-out Lloyd’s building in London, Richard Rogers‘ second major building following Centre Pompidou. One of the 1980s most recognisable pieces of architecture, the Lloyd’s building demonstrates many of the key traits of the high-tech architecture style that emerged in the UK in the late 1960s. The […]

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